ARMAMENT: From Rubber to Atoms

During World War II, Akron's Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. got plenty of experience operating Government-owned plants. Among them: three synthetic rubber plants, two of which it still runs, and a big aircraft factory which turned out 4,000 Navy Corsair fighters. Last week Goodyear got its biggest Government job: running the Atomic Energy Commission's $1.2 billion uranium-235 plant in Pike County, Ohio (TIME, Aug. 25). Though Goodyear had no experience with atomic energy, AEC figured that it did know a lot about the continuous-flow operations used in atomic energy plants, could learn the rest. When the huge, gaseous diffusion...

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