Business: To War & Back with Emil Koch

As in most U.S. war plants, war contracts fell with a thud at General Electric Company's giant Appliance & Merchandise Department in Bridgeport, Conn, last week. As fast as Washington could send telegrams, almost hourly, news of new cancelations flashed through the many divisions—no more bazookas, no more rocket launchers, no more B-29 gun turret parts, no more searchlights.

By midweek, one of the divisions, the vast, home laundry plant (washing machines, ironers, etc.), had ground to a stop. By week's end, the plant was purged of most of its $750,000 worth of machinery...

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