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In 1934 Arens opened his own plant with four employees. In 1939 he founded Arens Controls, Inc., and moved to larger quarters, with thirty employees, to fill the orders for controls from all over the United States and Canada. Later, Arens Controls, Ltd., of Croydon, England, was established. About that time he also became Secretary of the E.M. Laird Airplane Company. In 1944 Arens sold his interest in Arens Controls, Inc., located at Evanston, Illinois, and resigned as President of the company. He then formed Arens Products Company of Winamac, Indiana, and devoted considerable time to development work along various lines until retirement. During 1962, Arens had a major illness from which he never fully recovered. Living within his limitations for several years, he passed away at his home in Winamac, Indiana, on January 13, 1967. He was survived by his wife and sister. Early Bird Charles Arens devoted the major part of his active lifetime to the progress of American aviation history in many ways--mechanic, pilot, experimental work, creative development and manufacturing. During his retirement years, he was active in the local civic and business affairs of his hometown and was President of the new Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac. Early member of the Illinois Model Airplane Club, the Aero Club of Illinois, N.A.A., S.E.S., and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, he served two years as Secretary of the Early Birds, and is rightly deserving of great credit for his many valuable contributions over the years in helping to create the air age of today.
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