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H. J. Heinz: A Biography [Paperback]

Quentin R Skrabec
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May 13, 2009 078644178X 978-0786441785
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.

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"Deserves recognition...supplemented with many rare photos and other illustrations." --C&RL News

"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

"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

About the Author

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

Product Details

  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078644178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786441785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,113,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doctor Skrabec is an international expert in operations management, manufacturing, and globalization. His PhD is in Manufacturing Management from the University of Toledo. He holds a BS and Masters in engineering from the University of Michigan and Ohio State as well as a BS and MS in business from Robert Morris University. He won the USA Today National Quality Cup in 1993 for team development. In 1995 he was named Automotive Executive of the Year. In holds several patents in manufacturing and materials processing. He is a national speaker at business conferences and has won numerous many speaking tributes. Doctor Skrabec specializes in writing books and biographies on American industrial history and American capitalism. He has created a literary Pantheon of American capitalism. His collection of 17 books makes up a Pantheon of Capitalism. He recently published the first biography of glassmaker Michael Owens; as well as Henry Clay Frick, George Westinghouse,H. j. Hienz, William McGuffey, William McKinley, and is presently researching the life of Edward Libbey. He has published 14 books and over eighty articles in management, business, Fair trade, immigration, labor, and globalization. He is an expert in the American system of capitalism and the path to restore American enterprise.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
H.J. Heniz: A Biography is the true-life story of entrepreneur and tycoon H.J. Heinz, perhaps best known for founding Heinz Ketchup, one of the most recognized brands in the world. Heinz build an industrialized food processing empire well before Henry Ford rose to greatness; yet in an era notorious for its ruthless robber barons, Heinz had a surprisingly good reputation for treating his employees well. 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Business Book On The Shelf February 12, 2012
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I ordered this on the Kindle just before getting on an airplane and so happy I did. I figured it to be a short few page experience but it is full and comprehensive. Although you might learn one or two things about ketchup, you're going to learn a lot more about one of America's business giants and a few of his neighbors too. Anyone is a customer centric business should read this book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Role model and test of business principles April 2, 2012
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This is a well researched book on Heinz and accentuates his business failings and successes. For example, he misunderstood the cash-flow complexities of holding large inventories which he avoided later in his career. I enjoyed these descriptions and compared them to my own business planning. Heinz was very thoughtful of what is appropriate in a capitalistic society and how to avoid abusing employees.

Although there is a significant amount of editorial errors and repeated material, overall the book was really helpful toward my own business plans and enjoyable to read. I can recommend this book to others who are looking for great ideas and a history of American capitalism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay February 21, 2013
By Hope
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Since I struggled with depression in the past, I found the piece about Heinz's struggle with it encouraging. Also, the general details of his life as outlined in this book are good at best. The book reads like your average essay written by a college student trying to embark on a great project. I feel that Heinz was a man of achievement, who understood the meaning of responsibility and contributing to the greater good. Thus, we need a better biographer to write this man's story in a way that would encourage the modern executive, to see h/her work as necessary for the good of society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of an Leading Industrialist June 21, 2012
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Despite having grown up in Pittsburgh, I knew next to nothing about the life and times of H. J. Heinz. But thanks to Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr.'s informative book, H. J. Heinz: A Biography, I known a few interesting facts about this great man. For instance, he was a pioneer in assembly line techniques, he electrified his factories before all but George Westinghouse and he instituted vertical integration before Andrew Carnegie( both fellow Pittsburgh industrialists). H. J. Heinz was also instrumental in the passage of the Pure Food Law of 1906. Like Westinghouse, Heinz believed in a German concept called paternal capitalism as a kind of antidote to the rise of big business and the tendency toward greed within big business. As a side benefit, paternal capitalism thwarted union development in his factories. Heinz, not unlike Ireland's Arthur Guinness, treated his workers with dignity and respect, including such benefits as pensions, health care and social services. Lastly, Mr. Skrabec tells us of Heinz's strong religious beliefs( again not unlike Guinness) which included tithing in good times and bad and his lifelong involvement with the Sunday School Movement, which included teaching despite the busy life of a leading industrialist. I marked off one star because some material was repetitive. Very good biography.
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