DRUGS: Sterling Idea

The urge to diversify has led companies into some of the unlikeliest fields, but last week Manhattan's Sterling Drug Inc. seemed ready to top them all. The biggest U.S. producer of household drugs (Bayer Aspirin, Phillips' Milk of Magnesia, Drisdol vitamins, etc.) was going into the sewage-disposal business with a radical new process, developed by Sterling Engineer Frederick J. Zimmermann, which is cheaper and more efficient than current methods. With one pilot plant already set up in Norway, Sterling has contracts to build an $11.9 million disposal plant for the city of Chicago, a second $280,000 plant for Wheeling,...

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