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cations of the executive bent which has
taken Brother Kimbell to the top in his
field were shown in his college days. He
majored in civil engineering at the University of Illinois and most of his outside
activities were along managerial lines.
He was in Helmet Club and S-g.
Ever since 1918 he has been mainly
concerned with the business end of
customers who had something they
wanted closed or fastened or held. At
that time he became pjesident of the
Cinch Manufacturing Corporation and
it was here that his flair for inventing
and developing his gadgets came to the
fore. This company made fasteners for
open cars (remember the so-called "oneman top"?), yes, and even buggies in
those days, and under Brother Kimbell's
direction grew rapidly.
On the principle that in union 'diere
is strength. Brother Kimbell's company
was combined with the United-Carr
Fastener Corporation, and in 1929 he
was made chief operating executive of
the whole shebang. For six years he was
vice-president, general manager, and
treasurer. Then vice-president and general manager and, finally, in May of this
year, was elected president. Through this
he held down the very complicated job
of general manager. And still
unusual tribute to genius for getting
things done efficiently.
The gadgets which Brother Kimbell is
responsible for have a real, if often unrecognized, part in the daily life of each
one of us. He has invented various types
of sheet metal nuts and fastening devices
for a multitude of uses. Sockets, switches,
and numerous other parts used in the
radio industry stem from his fertile
brain. He has developed many new ideas
in the fields of electrical isulation and
plastic molded parts.
And there is hardly a soldier or airman
in the armed forces of the United States
or Great Britain who does not make
some daily use of a Kimbell gadget. Snap
fasteners for parachutes, gas masks, cartridge belts, knapsacks, helmets, trucks.
tanks, jeeps and airplanes, just to give
you an idea. Millions and millions of
just this one type of gadget. And there
are plenty more, flowing off the production lines or being developed under
Brother Kimbell's supervision.
Seven big plants, four in the United
ARTHUR WILLIS KIMBELL, Illinois
States and three in the British Empire,
are operating practically one hundred
per cent on war work. Brother Kimbell
directs the policies and production of all.
Yet somehow he finds time to play
with his one grandchild, to get in an
occasional round of golf, and enjoy the
pleasures of suburban life in Boston. He
lives in West Newton and has one son,
Arthur Kimbell, a freshman at Cornell
and a Phikeia of New York Alpha,
and three daughters, all three of whom
are r's. He is a member of the Algonquin and Brae Burn Country Clubs of
Boston, the Chicago Athletic Association
and the Lotus Club of New York.
Alert, energetic and always on the go,
the Gadget King is never too busy to
recall his campus days and the bang-up
A class of Illinois '13. Above all else,
his associates love him and are happy
under his direction.