Press Inspectors

From about 1947 to 1969, the names of Vandercook employees who inspected presses at the factory were stamped into the body of the press, suggesting a pride in craftsmanship. However, certain models and some individual presses manufactured during this period do not bear an inspector’s name.

InspectorCircaSN rangesModels inspectedTotalsNotes
J. Hlavin1947–6912036–285471, 3, 4, 15-21, 25-24, 215, 219, 317, Uni I, Uni II, Uni III, SP15, SP20, SP25199
H.L. Keller1948–7312464–289123, 4, 215, 219, 317, 320G, Uni I, Uni III, SP15, SP20188
C.M.196220971–21949SP201Possibly Conrad Majewski, or Charlie McLaughlin, see Vandercook Employee Roster.
Harold Neff1951–6714898–27078219 AB, Uni I, SP1538Name also appears as "H. Neff," "Neff," and "H.N."
D.E. Pate196827627–27793SP15, SP207
J. Waldier1967–7327044Uni I1Stamp is upside down. Waldier was Service Manager, so this may have been a joke.
A.W. Winard1949–6813511–273643, 4, 15-21, 25-24, 32-28, 42-28, 215, 219, 325A, Uni I, Uni II, Uni III, SP15, SP20142
S. Wojtowycz1962–7322316–250111, SP156
C.G. Zurick1947–4911582–13856219, 232 P4

To see if a press has an inspector’s name, locate the large serial number stamped into the bed bearer (the smooth rail) at the right end of the press on the operator’s side. Look below this number to the outer surface that supports the carriage (e.g. No. 4, Universal and SP series). On older presses such as the 219, the serial number and inspector name both appear on the bed bearer.

Because company records relating to employee job functions no longer exist, the above data, compiled from multiple sources is incomplete.  To contribute to it, please visit the employee roster page.