Business: Pentagon's Error?

The U.S. is repeating its early World War II mistake of expanding aluminum production too little and too late. So charged Reynolds Metals' President Richard S. Reynolds Jr., second biggest U.S. aluminum producer, before a House subcommittee. Not until three months after the Korean war started, said he, did NSRB Chairman W. Stuart Symington call for an immediate expansion of 500,000 tons a year. But when the Government got around to issuing the actual contracts, said Reynolds, his company's expansion was cut from 150,000 tons to 100,000 tons.

To find out why, Jess Larson, head of the General Services Administration, who has...

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