RUBBER: Chewing It Up

Akron's civilian tire & tube business for 1942 was cut 100% by OPM; its other consumer products were cut 75% by WPB last week. It can no longer (after Feb. 1) use crude rubber in brassiéres, bathing suits, belts, golf balls, hundreds of other peacetime goods. Yet Akron is booming.

January sales of the Big Four rubber companies (Goodyear, Goodrich, Firestone, U.S.) were at record or near-record levels. Firestone shareholders were dazed by their chairman's glowing descriptions of ten new plants and additions. General Tire & Rubber, reporting a 61% increase in 1941 sales, told its stockholders "there is no occasion...

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