National Geographic : 1940 Dec
NATIONAL DEFENSE Industry's No. 1 Job 4 Wedaouuade * There's probably no single subject attracting more interest today than our National Defense program. Everyone wants to know the progress of American Industry in producing huge stores of guns, ships, tanks and munitions. * Right now, several of our plants are working at top speed producing gun equipment and other machines which you would never find in the catalog of the products we manufacture. And very soon our production facilities will be substan tially increased with the completion of fif teen new buildings in six different states. * But the manufacture of these emer gency products is only a part of the equip ment our company is supplying. The elec trical products that we build are a vital necessity in the National Defense pro gram. Our long experience in designing and building practically every known elec trical product is now being utilized to the limit by both government and industry. * Our plants are working night and day filling orders for millions of dollars worth of electrical equipment-equip ment such as turbines for marine service; motors and control equipment for cargo ships; motors and generators for sub marine tenders; generators and X-Ray equipment for the Army; radio equipment for all the Services; Seadrome contact lights for naval air bases; distribution and instrument transformers for shipbuilding yards. Then there are ignitron rectifiers, multiple arc welders, meters, lighting equipment, Micarta and scores of other products wanted in a hurry by other manu facturers working on defense orders. * In additionto filling these orders, we have still others from more than 100,000 dealers and wholesalers who sell our home electrical products and Mazda Lamps. * All of these are orders that must be filled. Neither we, nor any of our industry partners, can afford to permit any bottle neck or business stalemate occur because of lack of the equipment that we supply. We must constantly bear in mind, too, that even greater demands will be made on us tomorrow. * One of the most important things our company has done to assure efficient ful fillment of all these demands is the crea tion of an Emergency Products Division. Through the work of this division we are maintaining full concentration on defense problems, but in ways that least affect the production of regular electrical lines. * NationalDefense is most certainly a tall order. And we at Westinghouse, like all American Industry, consider it the most important order in our history. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."