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THE LEGEND OF AARGUS PLASTICS

Thousands of years ago, ancient Greece and its colorful mythology gave birth to the origins of our company. Greek lore describes "Argus" as a hundred-eyed beast who stands guard.

According to Grecian legend of that era, a young money lender named Oracles yearned for a bigger challenge than distributing and collecting coins.

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The entrepreneurial and visionary Oracles took some of his wages and purchased a small sack-making business from a local man. While the carrying "bags" were made of materials of the day, they nonetheless proved to be an extremely popular and necessary item for all walks of Greek life. Oracles became well known in his community as not only a fair and hard-working business owner, but one who watched over his investment with a vengeance. Over time, the townspeople began calling him and his company "Argus," as his workaholic personality did not allow for a separation of the man from the business. His eyes were always watching.

The company became a family-owned affair and was handed down from generation to generation, moving from city to city and country to country as the years went by. It contracted and expanded as the local economies ebbed and flowed. Unfortunately, at one point in recorded history, the lineage stops. For hundreds of years, there are no written words about the sack-making Argus.

Then, in 1971 A.D., a twenty-something accountant from Chicago named Jerome Starr appears to have begun duplicating history.

Tired of his repetitive accounting duties and yearning to buy his own business, he scraped together enough money to purchase a small plastic bag making company in Chicago. Mr. Starr was familiar with the company from doing its books for five years. He took over a manufacturing plant which contained only three bag converting machines and zero printing or extruding capabilities. The company already had a name -- Aargus Poly Bag.

Without knowledge of the company's parallel ties to the Greek Argus, Jerry threw himself into his work. Like his ancient alter-ego Oracles, Mr. Starr expanded his bag-making business, doubling his converting capacity and adding a few small extrusion lines almost immediately. But after only one year, a tragic arson-set fire nearly dashed his dreams as quickly as they had begun.

With fierce resolve and determination, Mr. Starr refused to fold with the hand he had been dealt. Armed with insurance money, he resurrected Aargus at the current northwest suburban Chicago location it resides. Watching over every minute aspect of his business with seemingly 100 eyes, he grew the company to a 22-extrusion line, flexographic printing force which it is today.

With the help of his wife, Sherry, and his eldest son, Scott, Mr. Starr has led the family business through three decades of prominence. And while he begrudgingly has allowed some of the control of day-to-day decisions to slip from his grasp, his eyes are always watching, just as they did so many years ago.

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Updated 10/24/2006 

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