Business & Finance: Plywood Shortage

Plywood—which replaces 250 pounds of scarce aluminum per airplane in making combat training planes—is growing scarce itself.

Industry officials say that if output of this manufactured lumber were doubled, or tripled, over the record 3½ billion sq. ft. (on a ⅜in. basis) turned out last year, war needs would gobble it up. Beech Aircraft Corp. has already begun production on an all-plywood bomber trainer. Fairchild has been turning out all-plywood primary trainers for some time. Curtiss-Wright is using the same stuff to make twin-engined cargo airplanes.

Last week, Lawrence Ottinger, president of U.S....

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