Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on March 3, 1946 · Page 12
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Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas · Page 12

Pampa, Texas
Issue Date:
Sunday, March 3, 1946
Page 12
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Where _ '* - J s. 'iV 1 " '^ >'-vr - „ " ew ome ow RIGHT NOW THE HONE YOU WANT TO BUILD IS IN THE TREE, THE IRON ORE PITS, THE CLAY BANKS AND THE QUARRY. Legislation, HH priorities, allocations, preference rating, will not build a home. Neither will such legal juggling of a meagre supply of materials produce building materials. An HH priority may mean little more than a license to hunt home-building materials Lumber and building material dealers and contractors can-build all ihe homes America needs—if building materials are available. But unless production of materials is unblocked, no one can build homes. Whether a house is labeled "Public Housing" or "Prefabricated Housing" or a "Privately Built Home"—all are bidding for the same supply of materials. Here are the materials that must be produced. These are ihe materials in short supply which are subject to dislribution controls through priorities: LUMBER CONCRETE BLOCK CLAY SEWER PIPE MILLWORK COMMON BRICK FACE BRICK STRUCTURAL CLAY PIPE GYPSUM BOARD CAST IRON SOIL PIPE GYPSUM LATH What has happened thai all these essential building materials are lacking? Have we exhausted raw material supply? Or plant production? NO! But the irresistible force of industry has run into an immoveable body! CAST IRON RADIATION BATH TUBS In the case of Brick and Tile, for example, it took the OPA six months to grant a price adjustment that allowed 125 of 400 closed plants to reopen. This action resulted in a 35% increase in production within ihe following three months. Similarly, OPA's unrealistic pricing policies blocked adequate production of Gypsum board and lath, cast iron soil pipe, and clay sewer pipe for months. Although price adjustments have been granted in the above-mentioned fields, lumber production still remains under wartime pricing formulas. It is still more profitable for the lumber mill to cut items for export to foreign countries, or to cut logs into size] used by industry than it is to manufacture lumber for home construction. Premium prices for industrial items .have been granted in some instances during the war, but now that peace has come, price adjustments encouraging home construction lumber have not been made by OPA. ; Price adjustments are needed to obtain maximum production of hardwood flooring, millwork, ceiling, siding, and plywood. Recommendations have been made to the OPA repeatedly, but action is not forthcoming. The Building Industry stands ready to build the homes Americans need, But until the production and flow of materials is unblocked by OPA; thousands upon thousands d homes for Americans and veterans will go unbuilt! u Any government program thai does not FIRST remove the obstacles blocking production of materials will simply add additional dillicul- ties to the problem lacing the building industry. •-;* LYNN BO YD ./<•# ' • i * \ i* j. ..* **. £,.*,,* NATIONAL RETAIL LUMBER DEALERS ASSOCIATION WASHINGTON, D, C W 3 * >T "WTJV -"sri ^-M n rw* «i I '^* ? **ml$fafr'W •**• 4M

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