My name is John McGirt and I am the owner of McGirt Steel Company. Ever since the government started giving my steel mill contracts business has been taking off. Most off my workers were not affected by the draft as steel workers are considered a vital part of the war machine and therefore immune to the draft. Some worker chose to leave but we have been able to fill some non labor-intensive positions with women who have stepped up to take the vacated jobs. Other plants have been almost taken over by the government but most of those were factories where munitions are now being assembled. My steel mill has been able to produce everything the war industries board
has asked of us. Most of our steel has been forged into sections of ships hulls because the immediate need for cargo and battle ships. Also we have provided slabs of steel to be shipped to arms manufacturers who will stamp and mill weapons out of these slabs. I believe we are helping the American government defend freedom and in doing this we have no shortage of big well paying contracts.
The only down side to all of this economic expansion caused by the government
was that we are working almost completely for the government now. With every other steel mill and factory in full swing just like mine there is more restricted access to materials we need such as raw iron and limestone. We are given what we will need for the military contracts
by the war industries board but for any non-government project we would have to pay full price for these materials. Those prices are now very high due to the increase in demand. However the contracts for the War industries board have provided more than enough to make my steel mill successful.