April 13, 1944

Reduction in Production Programs
NEW YORK, N.Y.—Speaking last night before the Academy of Political Science in a nationally broadcast address, James F. Byrnes, director of the Office of War Mobilization (OWM), stated the era of booming expansion and construction of war plants has come to an end. Byrnes further stated the cutback in production is “…not primarily for the purpose of producing civilian goods…” rather part of an effort to transition to peacetime production and alleviate fears of post-war economic depression. He stated “it will be far better for communities to have plants closed now when employees can find other jobs than to continue operating and later close when employees may not be able to find jobs.” Byrnes went on to provide recommendations for moving labor from war to peace.

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