Van Wagenen became general manager in January, 1918. Marchant remained as superintendent and Valentine was reelected president, now mainly an honorary post. But Van Wagenen was in complete charge during the trying last year of the war. The substantial profit and dividend which the operations produced in that troubled period earned him high praise and a large salary increase. In January, 1920, he was elected president and general manager. A strong capable hand was once more at the helm.
With the European war over, the directors could now forget the tensions of the preceding years and turn to the problems of the postwar years.