Business: Sperry to Hoover

Last week Herbert Clark Hoover Jr. was an able young geophysicist. This week he is becoming an important defense manufacturer. To his Consolidated Engineering Corp., big Sperry Gyroscope Co. turned over one whole branch of its business: instruments to measure vibration and strain (in airplanes, ships, etc.).

Consolidated has been interested chiefly in seismographic oil prospecting, which involves much the same technique of studying sound waves and reflections as Sperry's vibration-strain instruments. Now at its plant in Pasadena, Calif., Consolidated will use Sperry's patents, machinery and tools on a royalty basis, fill Sperry orders with Sperry products, do research work. Thus Sperry,...

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