PRODUCTION: Troubleshooter

Scarcely three months ago, the worst bottleneck in the defense production program was machine tools. But by last week, machine-tool makers had gotten, in rapid succession, super-priorities on metals and tools, the authority to reach far & wide for labor, and a 12% price boost. As a result, they were well launched on a 400% production expansion.

The man who broke the bottleneck was Clay Bedford, 48, a production-engineering expert on loan from Kaiser-Frazer Corp. Charlie Wilson brought him to Washington last May (at no salary) as his production troubleshooter, because he knew that Clay Bedford was the production brain...

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