National Geographic : 1937 Mar
* OUR ROLE IN THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY OURS happens to be the only company in the United States engaged in the production of virgin aluminum. Only in this respect does it differ from the many other companies in this country whose primary concern is aluminum. Some of these manufacturers roll aluminum ingot into sheet. Others cast and shape alumi num into thousands of different products. Still others collect, _i remelt and resell aluminum which has served its purpose as a part of some product, or which is scrap from the shops of thousands of manufacturers who use aluminum. This widespread and diverse industry has grown up around the increased use of aluminum, which began in a very small way in 1888 with the efforts of a few young men who founded this business. They started out to produce virgin metal at the lowest possible price. All through the years the major effort of all the men and women in this Company has been to increase the sale of alumi num by making it available as widely and as cheaply as possible. Every resource has been devoted to achieving that end. We are still the only producer of virgin aluminum, but there is no bar to stay anyone who wishes to start making alumi num tomorrow. Control of aluminum is out of the question when there is no possibility of anyone controlling all the factors involved- the raw materials, the electrical energy, the method of production, the free supply of re melted scrap, the imports from abroad. Bauxite (the ore of aluminum) is found in many localities in this and other countries. We own only enough for our reasonable requirements. Other raw materials needed for making alumi num, and the necessary large amounts of power are available to anyone. So long as we continue to be the only producer of vir gin aluminum in this country, ours is the responsibility of taking the lead so far as we are able, in research and development which will make aluminum more useful to every person in this country. Only to the degree in which that is accomplished will we and others in the industry prosper.