H.J. Heinz

A Biography

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About the Book

Though Heinz Ketchup is one of the most recognized corporate symbols in the world, few people know anything at all about H. J. Heinz. Industrial giants Rockefeller, Carnegie, Westinghouse, and Mellon became household names, and Heinz slipped into obscurity. Yet during a time of great transfers of wealth brought about in part by these famous robber barons, Heinz was well known for his humane treatment of his employees, customers, and suppliers. At the same time Heinz built a commercial empire by his use of industrialized food processing before Henry Ford. This book includes 45 photographs many of which are being published for the first time.

About the Author(s)

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., an international expert in management, manufacturing and globalization, is the author of numerous books on American industrial history, capitalism and notable business leaders. He lives in Maumee, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 291
Bibliographic Info: 45 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4178-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5332-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      5

1. Bright Skies, Dark Days      9

2. Beginnings      24

3. Starting Life      46

4. A Momentous Year      66

5. Years of Growth      81

6. Europe and Expansion      96

7. Pittsburgh Industrialist      110

8. The Fair, More Expansion, New Products      121

9. H. J. Heinz’s Golden Years      140

10. The Panic of 1907      168

11. Industrial and Christian Sage      189

12. Final Years      200

13. A Marketing Genius      206

14. A Pioneer in Process Management and Continuous Production      219

15. A New Type of Capitalism      233

16. Heinz the Man      252

17. Legacy      263

Chapter Notes      269

Bibliography      273

Index      277

Book Reviews & Awards

“Over forty black-and-white photographs, some never before published, illustrate this thoughtful and detailed portrait of a remarkable business founder whose remarkable life has all but vanished from public awareness”—Midwest Book Review; “deserves recognition…supplemented with many rare photos and other illustrations”—C&RL News.