PERSONNEL: The Two Bills

In Milwaukee's Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co., Bill Roberts and Bill John son are known by everybody as "The Two Bills." Reason: they were scarcely ever apart on their way up the executive ladder; both had become members of the 104-year-old company's executive committee.

Last week the Two Bills got new jobs : William A. Roberts, 53, became president of Allis-Chalmers, to succeed the late Walter Geist (TIME, Feb. 12), and William C. Johnson, 48, became executive vice president.

Missouri-born, farm-bred Bill Roberts went to Allis-Chalmers as a salesman in 1924, fresh from the Springfield (Mo.) Business College and a position with a...