ALUMINUM: Famine to Feast

The West Coast, hopeful of a great postwar future for its $190,000,000 war-born aluminum industry, has recently been beset by a horrid rumor. It was whispered that WPB, wallowing in an aluminum surplus, was already planning to shut down many a West Coast plant. Last week the rumors got a solid grounding. The Office of Defense Transportation suggested to WPB that to effect "maximum" savings in transportation, some four-fifths of the West Coast's low price aluminum production would have to be stopped. The raw material, alumina, is another burden on the West's...

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