WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 1956 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGB Ever-Growing U.S. Industry an Asset To Military Might By SAM DAWSON NEW YORK (AP) — The growing industrial and military strength of Soviet Russia sends shivers down some American spines. But American industry hasn't been standing still either. And it's newly announced expansion program — while aim primarily at production of still more, civilian goods — isn't without its defense potentialities. One of the great victories of last war was won in the factories of the United States, as Francis Walton points out today in his book 'Miracle of World War n," published -by the Macmillan Co. The story of their conversion from peacetime to wartime output, despite many snafus, shoull buck up many of today's faint hearts. But many of the peaks of production so miraculously achieved some 10 or more years ago could be dwarfed today if the new industrial capacity of the United States need once more be turned in that direction. Offsets Need This new production potential— except for the spurt of the Korean War period—was accomplished ' y American industry working on its own, motivated as much, or more, by the civilian demands of a growing and prospering population as by the defense goals of the government. Take steel, for example. The first year the United States was In the .war, 1942, Walton says nearly 77- million tons of steel of different kinds was produced. By 1944 the industry had raised production to 9 million tons and brought capacity up to 94 million. Walton's story stops with VJ Day. But in peacetime 1955 the in- ind.now the capacity stands at 128,363,090 tons a year. Since the end of the war thfc industry has added around 40 per cent to its potential for output. American factories have mushroomed 'too. In the 35 years be- froe World War 0, Walton says, plant building for American man- ufacturln ghad totaled 45 billion dollars, and he adds: "The cost of the plants erected in the war years alone was 30 billion dollars." Industry's spending on new plants and equipment has climbed since the war. This year alone business spending is expected to total 35 billion • dollars—although much of this will be lor tools and equipment, and only part of It for factories themselves. New Shots Fired Along Gaza Front JERUSALEM .(/P) — Egyptian, and Israeli forces exchanged fire Monday near the El Aaja demilitarized zone, a frontier trouble spot south of Egyptian-held Gaza. Each side blamed the other. No casualties were reported. 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