Textiles: Looming Prosperity

TEXTILES Looming Prosperity

The textile industry is not ordinarily considered vital to national defense. Yet hardly any U.S. industry has come under greater pressure from the demands of the Viet Nam war than textiles. Contracts for everything from uniforms to tents and the canvas used in combat boots totaled $200 million in the last quarter of 1965, rose to $260 million in the first quarter of this year, and are expected to go up to $340 million in the second quarter. Since December, the Defense Department has been issuing priority orders for cotton fatigues and wool uniforms, thereby diverting by decree...

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