Business & Finance: Eaton's Girdler

When in 1914 Tom Mercer Girdler went to work for the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. he had reason to be pleased. For famed in Pittsburgh are the Joneses and the Laughlins, controlling the greatest "family" steel company. Hard-swearing, wearing his hat at all times to be ready for emergency mill calls, Mr. Girdler in turn pleased the Joneses and the Laughlins. So well did he please them that when last year they heard outside interests, represented by Cleveland's Cyrus Stephen Eaton, were seeking General Manager Girdler, they made him president of Jones &...

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