Business & Finance: Back to Normalcy--& Beyond

In good old peacetime the U.S. never used over 400 million lbs. of aluminum a year. Last week the War Production Board announced that aluminum would be available immediately, priority free, for civilian goods. On top of this announce ment the Surplus Property Board declared that it will scrap all unsalable military aircraft in the U.S. from which can be produced an estimated one billion lbs. of second-grade aluminum ingots. Best Washington sources estimate that, as a result of these two orders, over 100 million lbs. of aluminum will be available for third quarter civilian production.

This brought the supply...

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