MANUFACTURING: Air-Conditioned War

World War II is becoming an air-conditioned war.

This startling fact was underscored last week when OPM materials chief William Batt told air-conditioning makers they could get top-rung priorities on all blast-furnace installations. In fact, steel companies will be urged to air-condition, can have RFC money to pay for the jobs. Reason: air-conditioned furnaces produce more iron (TIME, April 21).

Two years ago No. 1 weathermaker Carrier Corp. sold Alabama's Woodward Iron its first blast-furnace installation. Result, says Woodward, was up to a 20% increase in pig-iron output, a 13% saving in coke per...

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