Business: Kaiser's Circus

When Henry J. Kaiser's Oregon Shipbuilding Corp. sprang a production miracle and splashed a 10,500-ton Liberty ship into the water ten days after keel laying (TIME, Oct. 5), the tough, hard-hitting gangs in Kaiser's Richmond (Calif.) Shipbuilding Corp. yard No. 2 sputtered "What the hell has Oregon got that we haven't?"

To point up their deficiencies and egged on by the intense rivalry that exists among all eight of Kaiser's yards, Richmond employes hatched 250 new tricks to speed their assembly-line technique of shipbuilding. Last week they were ready to put these new ideas...

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