MANUFACTURING: Schmeller's Fire

It was one of the worst fires in Cleveland's recent history, but it took John L. Schmeller just six days to get back in production. He is executive vice president of National Bronze & Aluminum Foundry Co., whose big Laisy Avenue plant fabricated 1,000,000 Ib. of aluminum a month for U.S. warplanes, tanks, ships. One Tuesday last September, fire gutted the entire 141,000 square feet. A more thorough job ($2,000,000 worth of damage) could not have been done by mass bombing.

By mid-afternoon Schmeller, energy bristling on him like quills on a porcupine, had lined up new office space....

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