A month ago when the U.S. granted E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. a patent on a new product known as Fibre 66, which apparently has the elasticity rayon has always lacked (TIME, Oct. 3), chemists figured that silk might be on the verge of losing its only remaining big U.S. market—hosiery. Last week du Pont officials announced that they were considering sites for a $7,000,000 "textile yarn" plant, which will normally give work to about 1,000 employes. To the trade this meant that du Pont was ready to begin commercial production of Fibre 66.


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