The Little Things That Are In Short Supply

With 72 years of experience supplying the U. S. Army, Camel Manufacturing Co. of Knoxville, Tenn., thought it could easily deliver 81,835 antichemical suits on time for Operation Desert Storm. But Camel didn't count on fastidious government inspectors. They took up to 120 days to approve Camel's materials, putting the company a month behind. "They hound us constantly because they need this equipment in the field," says frustrated apparel manager Chris Arnold, who has run the plant around the clock since late August and demanded 16 hours of overtime per week from each employee. "But they're the reason for the delay."

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