STATE OF BUSINESS: Processes of Recovery

Automatic Canteen Co. of America distributes candy, nuts and gum through vending machines which its 1,000 employes must call canteens because their president, Nathaniel Leverone, secretary of Chicago's Crime Commission, thinks vending machine sounds too much like slot machine. Of the 200,000 canteens in 44 States, about 98% are in factories. During the nine years his company has been going, President Leverone has noticed that canteen sales accurately reflect factory employment. Last fall, when the automobile plants began shutting down, canteen sales in Detroit fell from top of the list to the bottom. Once President Leverone telephoned an officer in...