METALS: The Busy Plumbers

Surveying the wonder world of titanium, most U.S. businessmen have kept their eyes fixed on the sky. The lightweight, heat-resistant metal was obviously just the thing for high-speed, high-flying jet aircraft. But Chicago's Crane Co., No. 1 producer of valves and pipe-fittings, and one of the three biggest U.S. manufacturers of plumbing equipment,† has been looking closer to the ground. From the moment he heard about titanium's resistance to corrosion, Crane's President John L. (for Lindesay) Holloway began thinking of titanium as the ideal material for industrial valves and fittings.

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