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Plywood and Payrulls. To see the symbo­ lism between these two one neec1 only to tl'ace back to 1925, ""h en the plywood industry made its humble start on Gr ays Harbor.




In that era it was an infant venture, almost unnoticed in the noisy lumber industry that was hard put to supply the clemand through­ out the world. Today on Grays Harbor it has assumed a parity, if not a superiority over the industry from which it sprang so quietly. POl' an analysis shows that 63 per cent of the manufacturing cost of plywood is repre­ sented by labor. Today hundreds of men, who \\'ould be unemployed, due to the dismantling of lumber mills, and the running out of timber st~mds by many companies, are working in ply­

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wooel mills, making 'wages that are higher than any othEr timber using industry in the worlel. Toclc,Y plywood is playing an ever import­ ant part in Lhe world, in home construction, na tional cl efense, all phases of building, it has proven its supel'iority to other materials. And it is still a growing industry, the exploitation of which has only st ar ted. the surface only touched. P lywood a nd payrolls will continue to perpetua te t he pl'osperity of Grays Harbor, whose peo ple bave come to respect the "wood with a college education." The Pacif ic Coast Norwegian Singers' As­ sociation expresses its thanks to the three Grays Harbor Plywood companies whose do­ nation of ply wood, money and effort has made this program a possibility.

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