Anderson was one of three co-founders of Products, Incorporated., a California corporation based in Pinedale, Fresno County, California. The following three partners founded on June 2, 1959, organizing it as a California corporation:
John Schow Anderson
Bruce Charles Bechtold (30 July 1929 – November 1967)
Harry T. Parker (16 March 1914 – 31 July 2001)
The firm owned a foundry that manufactured model railroading products under the "Cal-Scale" brand. He was an Air Force veteran, having spent time at Castle Air Force Base, Merced, California.
Because of his model railroading interest, Oscar Neubert III (27 November 1925 Fresno, California – 27 October 1991 Fresno, California), also an Air Force veteran, introduced Bruce to Anderson and Parker.
Bechtold went to work as an engineer for Kemtron after his release from the military. Parker worked for Kemtron as production foreman.
Anderson, Bechtold, and Parker formed Products to be more in control of the use of their talents. Anderson was a master die maker, Bechtold a pattern maker, and Parker supervised the plant.
The facility was located in Pinedale, Fresno County, California.
The company manufactured some of the finest lost wax brass castings ever produced for model railroading, many of which are still in production today. Bowser Manufacturing, a Pennsylvania corporation based in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, purchased the Cal-Scale line from Anderson and Parker in June 1985. Anderson and Parker subsequently sold their commercial casting operation—foundry, which included the property and physical plant at 7070 North. Harrison Avenue, Pinedale, to David Sciacca, who operates the plant today under the name "Valley Brass & Bronze".
Valley Brass does not produce model railroading products.
Anderson and Parker never sold the corporate shell, Products, Incorporated.
Enlisted after World World War II by M. Dale Newton (1898–1989) to design for Red Ball Limited. (founded 1939)
Worked for Kemtron.. credited for putting Kemtron on the map
1998 — Hall of Fame inductee, Hobby Manufacturers Association, Model Railroad Division
Anderson attended schools in Berkeley, California.
Upon graduation (age 18), he was drafted into the United States. Army and sent into combat during World World War World War II He served in Special Forces under General Bernard Montgomery, behind the lines and in British uniform. He was eventually captured by the Germans.
They cured his trench foot, healed his wounds and returned him to the American Forces.
He remained in Bath, England, for the rest of the war and, according to his obituary, witnessed lights of Bath going back on V-East Day. After the war, Anderson returned to Berkeley to study design engineering at California College of the Arts. Whereupon, in January 1950, he graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts.
Shortly after, he settled in Medford, Oregon, where he developed the model railroad line for Red Ball Limited.
Anderson moved to Fresno, California, in the early 1950s to work for Kemtron Corporation, developing their line of model railroad equipment.
In addition to model railroading, Anderson was active in photography and authored articles for Trains Magazine, the most recent of which (1999) was about West Side Lumber Company railway narrow gauge logging operation in Tuolumne City, California.