U.S. businessmen who fear reconversion got a "guinea pig" to watch last week. By studying it they may get a clearer idea of what some of those fears amount to. The guinea pig: the Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. in Cumberland, Md.

Because of the rubber shortage, Kelly-Springfield, known in Cumberland as "The Kelly," was dawdling along under a, skeleton staff 18 months ago. Then The Kelly leased most of its 1,000,000 sq. ft. of plant to the War Department, contracted to turn out small-arms ammunition on a cost-plus-fixed-fee basis. Shrewd, handsome Kelly President Edmund Sidney Burke handled the conversion...

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