Brainpower Pool

General Motors men wander freely in Ford's Willow Run; Ford men consult Chrysler men; Chrysler men lunch over blueprints with G.M. men; back-alley machine-shop men ask big-company engineers for help—and get it.

Today, in the interests of war, the traditionally competitive automobile business is displaying a capacity for teamwork undreamed of by the rough, tough pioneers who pounded the old Pontchartrain Bar. Today, the only secrets in Detroit are war secrets. Competitors share experience, swap tools, ideas and even skilled men to roll out production faster. In September they awed a British aircraft mission by agreeing to swap know-how across...

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