The production picture brightened considerably this month in 1945 for makers of juke boxes and slot, pinball, coin and vending machines as the government gave them one of its first "go ahead" signals to resume regular peacetime production as soon as materials and manpower supply permit. Prospects for expansion are considered great. C.E Vetterick, ad manager of O.D. Jennings & Co., expects the industry will turn out $200 million in equipment annually the first year of production. It has been estimated in 1941 657 million packages of cigarettes were sold through machines, as were 625 million candy bars.
Juke boxes are considered extremely important to Decca, Victor and other makers of phonograph records. Half of all records produced each year are used in juke boxes.
Pepsi-Cola is encouraging makers to turn out a good machine for dispensing Pepsi in paper cups. Coca-Cola machine sales have been reported at around $125