MANUFACTURING: Tobe Gets Terrific

"We're big shots now," says Mr. Tobe Deutschmann of Canton, Mass. "But they still send us supplies C.O.D., and I let 'em come that way just to remind myself that I'm not any different now than when this place never even had a drinking fountain."

Tobe's business, which he likes to describe as "the removal of electrical garbage" (noise suppressers to the layman) was never able to support drinking fountains in its old red-brick factory until war came along. Now it's terrific—and a prime example of how a little businessman with unbridled enthusiasm and pixie screwball-ishness can capitalize 14 years...

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