Business & Finance: Helping Hands

When Philadelphia's Connelly Container Corp. went up in flames last January after a banner year ($7,000,000 in sales), all that Owner John F. Connelly could salvage from the wreckage was a water-soaked picture of his wife from his half-burned desk. It seemed that Connelly, who had founded his company in 1950 after quitting as Eastern sales manager for Container Corp. of America, would be out of business for some time.

But while firemen were still wetting down the ashes, Connelly rented half the second floor of the Penn-Sheraton Hotel for temporary offices and installed his staff. While some were scouting around for...

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