Business & Finance: H.J. at Work

Mobilization Boss Charles E. Wilson and Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser donned asbestos gloves and protective goggles. Then, before 600 guests who had been flown to New Orleans from all over the

U.S. for the event, they stepped up to a giant, red-hot ladle, tugged at the 20-foot handle and poured a mold full of aluminum—the first produced in what will be the biggest U.S. aluminum plant. When Kaiser's plant is completed in mid-1953, it will turn out 200,000 tons of aluminum annually, more than the entire U.S. industry produced in 1939.

The plant had a...

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