Business & Finance: Hutmakers Extraordinary

Pacific Huts, Inc. sounds like a strange sort of corporation. It is even stranger than it sounds. Less than a year ago it was not even a name; now its 500 Seattle employes turn out one prefabricated wooden igloo every 15 minutes for U.S. troops in Alaska, and its gross volume runs up to $6,000,000 a year. The 4½-ton Pacific huts are rainproof, stormproof, termite-proof, fungus-proof, even proof against cold.

A team of five soldiers can slap together a Pacific hut—cozy, semi-permanent quarters for 16 to 18 men—in only eight hours. Pacific Huts' founders...

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