Business: Aluminum's No. 5

The select group of four U.S. aluminum producers—Alcoa, Reynolds Metals, Kaiser and Anaconda—last week was joined by a fifth, the Harvey Machine Co. of Torrance, Calif. President Leo Harvey, who claims to be the biggest independent U.S. aluminum fabricator and has long wanted to produce his own raw material, signed a deal with the Government to build a $65 million, 54,000-ton-a-year aluminum plant at The Dalles, Ore.

Harvey had to swim through a sea of trouble to get the okay for his new plant.

He first tried to join the primary producers in 1951, with the help of a $46 million federal...

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