CORPORATIONS: Rescue Man

At 49, Charles W. ("Chuck") Perelle, who made his name & fame as an eradicator of production bugs, has had enough careers to last several men a lifetime. He rose from a painter's helper at Boeing to production boss of its Seattle plant, ran Consolidated Vultee's World War II production and, later, Howard Hughes's aircraft plant, then took on the presidency of Detroit's money-losing Gar Wood Industries, Inc. Three years ago, after Gar Wood was in the black, Perelle took on his toughest challenge. He became president of Philadelphia's money-losing ACF-Brill Co.,...

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