September 9, 1944

Steel Industry Warns of Crisis
FREDERICK, MD—Edwin C. Barringer, of the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel, warns the steel industry may face a crisis in maintaining output if the war continues into the winter of 1944. A shortage of high-grade scrap metal may make it impossible for the industry to maintain the current output of ninety-five to one hundred per cent of capacity. Barringer stated the steel industry used fifty-five million long tons of scrap metal in 1943. The estimate tonnage for this year is the same. It takes eighteen tons of steel to make one tank. A large naval vessel may require as much as nine hundred tons of steel in its construction.

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