Industry: Restless Virgins

The Virgin Islands used to be the place to forget about the factory. The sand is white, the weather right, the pleasures plentiful—and a Pan Am tourist book even advises women visi tors to leave their girdles at home. Now industry is coming to the Virgins, and the results so far are unsettling to many of the islands' 36,000 year-round residents.

In the vanguard are 57 small manufacturing companies drawn to the Virgins since 1957 by a favorable tariff concession: merchandise moves into the U.S. duty-free if 50% of the cost of processing it was spent in the islands. Seven watch...

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