Contribution to Defeat

WPB this week charged two giant U.S. corporations with holding up the war program. The corporations: No.1 U.S. steelmaker Carnegie-Illinois (U.S. Steel subsidiary) and No. 4 U.S. steelmaker, Jones & Laughlin.

WPB specifically charged the two with "repeated, deliberate violations of priority regulations" since June 1941. The companies, said WPB, had kowtowed to favorite customers without regard for Government priority ratings, had shipped civilian steel while war orders waited.

Prime accusations: on Feb. 21 Jones & Laughlin was ordered to ship no steel pipe after March 14, except on preference orders rated A-9 or higher. Although the company had not manufactured...

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