ALUMINUM: Nothing Doing

This is the sixth week since the Senate Defense Committee gave OPM a thorough dressing down for failing to anticipate the nation's aluminum shortage (TIME, July 7). But at week's beginning OPM still sat on the problem, hatching nothing.

Before the Senate's clamor had died down, OPM announced a 600,000,000-lb. ( 75% ) expansion, with Government financing. Last month it "recommended" five companies to operate the plants. But this week officials of at least one company still knew nothing about the program except what they had read in newspapers, still had seen no contract. Not one piece of equipment for...

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