PRIORITIES: Purp and the Alphabet

Almost every U.S. manufacturer even remotely concerned with war production is this week cudgeling his brains to button up his material needs into one quarterly package: WPB's statistical white hope, "Purp" (the Production Requirements Plan; TIME, April 20).

WPB still does not know what has become of the scarce materials on which it has issued priorities. If & when it gets all the priority records set up the Purp way (whereby material uses for the past quarter and needs for the coming one appear on one huge form), it will at long last...

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