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 &...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!