Less Butter

So far in World War II the U. S. machine-tool industry has acted on the assumption that it can supply guns and butter both. In its war-boomed growth from an output of $200,000,000 in 1939 to a probable output of $650,000,000 this year, the industry has turned out tools for new automobiles along with equipment for aircraft, tank and cannon builders. Last week machine-tool men were told that the butter business must stop.

The order, tagged "request," was issued by OPM's Priority Director Ed Stettinius. Effective March 2, he told machine-tool men, deliveries of machine tools may be made only...

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