MANUFACTURING: Comeback at Continental

Most Detroiters could hardly believe it. The company lost $12,000,000 and most of its customers in the depression; it was $1,000,000 in hock to RFC; it was on the auction block only two and a half years ago. Yet last week this same outfit was sprucing itself to receive the Army-Navy Production Award, highest U.S. recognition for excellence in war-goods production. Its name: Continental Motors, manufacturer of engines for tanks, airplanes, trucks, industrial equipment. Its boss and spark plug: husky, harddriving, cigar-chomping Clarence ("Jack") Reese.

Jack Reese joined Continental as purchasing agent...