PRODUCTION: New High for Higgins

Way down yonder in New Orleans they had plenty to cheer about last week. Andrew Jackson Higgins, their No. 1 boatbuilder, money-maker and hoopla artist, had practically landed one of the biggest single transport-plane contracts in U.S. history: about $180,000,000 for 1,200 huge, twin-engined, all-plywood troop-and tank-carrying planes. This was good news for Louisiana's Andrew Higgins—the man who took ribbing aplenty when his much-touted Liberty Ship contract was canceled last summer. It also meant that Higgins had stolen a march on his friend and archrival, Henry Kaiser, the Wizard of the West...

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