BUILDING: Mechanized Marvel

As an ex-Tennesseean turned Yankee industrialist, 66-year-old Melvin H. Baker has not forgotten his Southern hospitality. Last week the boss of Buffalo's National Gypsum Co. flew out to Medicine Lodge, Kans., to put on a party for the whole surrounding county. Schools were closed, and Baker set up free ice cream, pop and rides on a miniature railroad for 1,200 children, provided coffee, cupcakes and free ashtrays (made of gypsum) for their parents.

In this circus atmosphere, Ringmaster Baker showed off his newest act—one of the world's most completely mechanized plants. Rock...

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