METALS: End of a Shortage

Beneath a bright Gulf Coast sun near Corpus Christi last week, 20,000 visitors trooped curiously through Reynolds Metals Co.'s spanking new $80 million aluminum plant. They ate free Eskimo Pies* and hotdogs kept warm on freshly poured pigs of aluminum, while a high-school band blared Whistle While You Work. Reynolds Metals' pudgy, 43-year-old President Richard S. Reynolds Jr.† had something to whistle about: he now has the world's biggest aluminum pot-line.

The New Giant. How big Reynolds' empire is may be measured by the fact that in 1939, U.S....

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