When Corn Products Refining Co. set out to build a new plant at Corpus Christi, Texas two years ago, it wanted to find some new solutions to the old problems which have always plagued the grain-processing industry—explosive dust and dangerous fumes. It gave the job to Cleveland's H. K. Ferguson Co., builder of the thermal diffusion unit* of the Oak Ridge atom bomb plant. Ferguson engineers decided that the best way to eliminate dangerous working conditions within enclosed spaces was to build a plant without walls.

Thus, most of the 21 buildings in Corn Products' $20 million sorghum processing plant,...

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