AUTOS: Quotas in Detroit

Automakers released to U.S. defense last week an estimated 70,000 skilled workmen, 1,380,000 tons of steel (nearly 2% of U.S. capacity), 124,850 tons of rubber, 5,500 tons of aluminum, 29,040 tons of copper, 2,640 tons of tin, 60,170 tons of lead, 5,275,600 Ib. of nickel. Two days later they made available an additional $35,000,000 of machine tooling, 15,000,000 more man-hours of production, much of their best engineering talent.

The first was the statistical meaning of an announcement of OPM's William Knudsen, late a motormaker himself, that each company in the nation's No. 1 consumer industry had agreed to cut 1942...

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