MANUFACTURING: Subcontractor Sperry

The 400-end triple-ply ribbon for pioneer excellence in the crucial art of sub contracting has long been worn by instrument-making Sperry Corp., which has been at it since 1936. Of Sperry's $250,000,000 backlog, almost all defense orders, 50% (in man-hours) is farmed out to more than a thousand firms. Half of these companies and 35% of the man-hours represent pure subcontracting (as distinguished from normal purchases from vendors). This week Sperry President Thomas A. Morgan described Sperry's subcontracting methods, gave some pointers that Floyd Odium's Defense Contract Distribution Service might well note.

Sperry, said Mr. Morgan, has expanded its own...

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