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Convention Of The National Association Of Waste Material Dealers
March 24, 1943
My dear Mr. Friedman:
I am enclosing herewith a report on the Convention of the National Association of Waste Material Dealers held in Chicago March 16 and 17 and desire to personally thank you for your courtesy in making it possible for me to attend this convention.
I trust that the attached report will be of some value to our Industries throughout the country, particularly those that are dealing in salvage in fairly large quantities.
Yours very truly, (SIGNED)
The National Association of Waste Material Dealers annual convention at Chicago, March 16 and 17 this week broke all records for attendance. Though I do not know exactly the number at the banquet, it was probably around 600. Every session was heavily attended, and the program was arranged with the intention of providing every division of the waste trades with a vital speaker on war problems, including several from the War Production Board, the Office of Price Administration, and the War Manpower Commission.
David Feinburg of Medford, Massachusetts, was re-elected president. All the divisional meetings were attended by dealers and consumers from all parts of the United States.
Paul J. White of the Great Eastern Packing and Paperstock Corporation, New York, was re-elected President of the Waste Paper Institute for the ensuing year. J. V. Spachner, vice-president of the Container Corporation, discussed prospects of waste paper and paper board in various sections of the country. He anticipates consistent heavy demand for waste paper throughout the balance of the year. He also predicts that the raw material situation in the South particularly with reference to pulpwood is serious for the kraft liner industry of that area.
Janes T. Flannery, chief of OPA's Waste Paper and Rag Unit in the Paper and Paper Products Division, declared that the industry has supported OPA regulations well and that there have been only minor violations of the schedule. OPA will strive to protect those dealers who are careful to observe regulations, he promised. The inference from this remark might mean that OPA will prosecute such violations perpetrated by dealers whose actions thereby are harmful to the business of others.
Louis A. Spiess, attorney for the National Waste paper Industry Committee, urged the trade to take their price troubles to the proper authorities.
Louis Marcovitz, president of the Associated Rag Industries, presided at the meeting of that group, which includes woolen rag graders as well as cotton rag dealers.
James T. Flannery expressed the belief that ceilings have prevented inflationary prices in old cotton rags, and have permitted dealers to operate profitably. Harris Goldman of New York was elected president and J. Solotken of Indianapolis, vice-president.
Carlton B. Overton presided over the meeting of the Cotton Rag Industries Council at which waste paper council attorney Speiss described his arrangement with the waste paper trade through which he represents their interests at Washington. It is proposed that he do the same for the cotton rag dealers. A fund has been collected by the larger dealers for this purpose.
William G. E. Creaser of the Wool Waste Unit, Textile Leather and Apparel Division of OPA, declared that prices of wool waste materials by which he meant woolen rags and wool clips had risen 50% from January, 1939, to pearl Harbor. That was the primary reason for the price "freeze" at that time he said. He complimented the industry for its cooperation with the OPA and promised that his office would continue to try to make adjustments towards a more equitable and workable instrument.
William Spellman of the War Manpower Commission declared that the one solution for manpower shortage was to "hire more women". Nearly 65,000,000 persons will be in war plants or the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Merchant Marine by the end of this year. Another 5,000,000 will be needed for war plants plus unknown numbers for agriculture; many of these will be women. That is why they should be trained wherever there are operations in scrap warehouses that it is possible to do so.
President David Feinburg's remarks on manpower were particularly timely. He said; "As Selective Service has reached further each day into the available manpower of the country, the problem of how to keep our plants in operation has been growing in importance. It was because of this situation that I felt it necessary., if at all possible, to confer directly with Paul V. McNutt, Chairman of the War Manpower Commission. This was particularly important in view of the so-called order to get into an essential business or fight, which brought into our headquarters telegrams and telephone calls to the effect that employees with dependents were becoming very much concerned and were already looking for jobs in war industries. I feel that members generally will agree that as the result of the conference which I arranged with Mr. McNutt in Washington and the notice; we were able to send to members immediately following that conference, they were able to quiet the fears of some of their employees.