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Standard Oil Company

Details: Other companies used the Standard Oil name to profit off of the company's reputation, but these organizations were never part of the company formerly controlled by Rockefeller. The Standard Oil Company of Ohio was the original company that …

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Republic Steel Company

Details: In 1937, workers at the Republic Steel Company, the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, and several other steel companies went on strike over low wages and poor working conditions. Collectively these steel companies were known as “Little Steel.” The strikers belonged to the Congress of Industrial Organizations, a union established in 1935.

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Otis Steel Company

Details: Otis Steel Company was one of the first major steel companies in Ohio. Located in Cleveland , Otis Steel built the first open-hearth steel furnace in 1875. This company, along with others, helped to make Ohio the second-largest producer of steel in the United States by the last decade of the nineteenth century.

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Willys-Overland Company

Details: The companies only had forty-nine days to provide the government with a working prototype. Only two companies, Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. and the Bantam Car Company submitted designs. Bantam Car Company submitted its design first, and the U.S. Army chose this design.

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American Rolling Mill Company

Details: ARMCO is one of the earliest Ohio companies to establish a shop committee, predecessors to unions, which allowed workers to organize. The ARMCO shop committee was formed in 1904, not only making it one of the first companies in Ohio to take this step, but also one of the first in the nation.

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Hampden Watch Company

Details: In 1888, the companies' first year in Canton, the firms employed 2,300 Canton residents. In 1890, Canton's population was 26,337 people. Thanks to these two companies, Canton became an important center for watch manufacturing in the United States of America.

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Tappan Stove Company

Details: To distinguish the two companies, Ohio's Eclipse Stove Company became known as the Tappan Stove Company. Throughout the remainder of the twentieth century, the Tappan Stove Company became known for its innovative products. During the 1930s, the Tappan Stove Company introduced the first porcelain enameled stove, a stove with rounded corners, and

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Fisher Body Company

Details: Its first large customer was Cadillac, although Ford, Studebaker, and several other companies also utilized Fisher bodies. By 1913, the company included ten plants scattered across Michigan and Canada, and by 1918, the firm sold auto bodies to most major automobile manufacturers. The company continued to excel during the 1910s.

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Stouffer Frozen Dinners

Details: The Stouffer Corporation was one of the first companies to produce frozen dinners. The Stouffer Corporation has its roots in a small dairy stand, which Abraham and Mahala Stouffer founded in downtown Cleveland in 1922. After their son Vernon graduated from college and joined the business in 1924, the family opened a restaurant nearby.

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Portsmouth, Ohio

Details: A number of companies produced bricks. The largest and most profitable establishment was the Scioto Valley Firebrick Company that was established in 1871. By 1916, these companies could produce more than two million bricks per day.

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Firestone Tire and Rubber Company

Details: In the long term, the rubber companies were forced to recognize the United Rubber Workers and negotiate better contracts with workers. One immediate success was a six-hour workday. Several reasons existed for the workers' success in this strike. First, sit-in strikes made it much more difficult for employers to replace their striking workers.

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Ohio Oil Company

Details: Following the dissolution of the Standard Oil Company in 1911, the Ohio Oil Company had to seek new markets for the oil that it drilled. It continued to sell to companies that once were part of the Standard Oil Company. It also found new consumers, especially in the American West.

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Congress of Industrial Organizations

Details: During the strikes, the companies lobbied local residents to put pressure on the strikers and their families. Numerous citizens formed committees, including the Mahoning Valley, Ohio Citizens' Committee, the Citizens' Law and Order League of Canton, Ohio, and the John Q. Public League of Warren, Ohio, to protest the strikers' actions.

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Columbus Buggy Company

Details: Like some other companies, the Columbus Buggy Company's management decided to begin producing automobiles in the early twentieth century. The company built several different lines, using both electric and gas power. Unfortunately, these changes were not enough to help the company to survive. The Columbus Buggy Company went bankrupt in 1913.

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Business and Industry in Ohio

Details: During the past two hundred years, the Industrial Revolution, changes in transportation, education, improvements in technology, as well as many other causes, have changed business and industry in Ohio rather dramatically. In 1995, the businesses that provide services employed the most workers in Ohio. It also was the fastest growing of the

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Ohio Automobile Company

Details: Ohio Automobile Company. The Packard family was involved in a number of business enterprises in the community of Warren, Ohio, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Those business interests were diverse, including lumber mills, hardware stores, hotels, and an iron rolling mill. In 1890, William Doud Packard and his brother James Ward

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Goodyear Aircraft Corporation

Details: During this period, other companies, especially European ones, were constructing airships for commercial transportation. Some of these ships carried passengers across the Atlantic Ocean. Goodyear also manufactured two airships, the Akron and the Macon , …

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Little Steel Strike of 1937

Details: In 1937, workers at the Republic Steel Company, the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, and several other steel companies went on strike over low wages and poor working conditions. Collectively, these steel companies were known as "Little Steel." The strikers belonged to the Congress of Industrial Organizations, a union established in 1935.

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American Cereal Company

Details: Hoping to reduce competition, he agreed to merge with several additional companies to create the American Cereal Company. The company's main product was oats used in cereal. American Cereal Company sold the oats with a picture of a Quaker on the packaging. This packaging was first used by Henry Crowell, the owner of a mill in Ravenna, Ohio, in

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John D. Rockefeller

Details: Other companies used the Standard Oil name to profit off the company's reputation, but these organizations were never part of the company formerly controlled by Rockefeller. Rockefeller was alive during the government's attack on Standard Oil, but he had retired from the company in 1895, well before the dispute ended.

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Lancaster Colony Corporation

Details: Gerlach included all companies in which he controlled a majority interest under the Lancaster Colony Corporation. Among the products originally manufactured by the Lancaster Colony Corporation's interests were stemware, television components, plastic tableware, cookware, specialty food products, work gloves, and bath and kitchen accessories.

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Procter & Gamble

Details: The companies leaders began to diversify its products as well and, in 1911, began producing Crisco, a shortening made of vegetable oils rather than animal fats. In the early 1900s, Procter & Gamble also became known for its research laboratories, where scientists worked to create new products.

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American Steel and Wire Company

Details: Unfortunately for barbwire producers, numerous companies began to manufacture the item during the 1880s, driving the price and, thus, the profits down. To ease competition, companies created pools -- secret agreements to limit production and competition -- but companies continued to …

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Youngstown, Ohio

Details: Youngstown is the county seat of Mahoning County, Ohio. Youngstown was founded by John Young in 1797 and is within the original Western Reserve of Connecticut.Young had purchased an entire township from the Connecticut Land Company. He paid $16,085 for 15,560 acres of land. Within a short period of time, ten families settled in the village

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Category:Business and Industry

Details: Ohio has been at the forefront of business and industry for much of its history. With the arrival of the earliest settlers, agriculture quickly arose as the dominant business in what is now Ohio.

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Synthetic Rubber

Details: Akron, Ohio, tire companies, including Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, took the lead in developing synthetic rubber products, ending the United States' dependence on foreign rubber. Upon World War II's conclusion, these same companies began to produce synthetic rubber items for peacetime use as well. See Also

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B.F. Goodrich Company

Details: The company, which became known as the B.F. Goodrich Company, grew slowly during the 1870s, nearly going bankrupt twice, but the business gained momentum during the 1880s and 1890s. In 1888, an Irish veterinarian invented the pneumatic tire out of rubber. A pneumatic tire is one that is filled with air. It became very popular among bicyclists

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Wooster Rubber Company

Details: In the 1980s, Rubbermaid saw continued success. The company was named to the Fortune 500 list in 1983, and the following years became one of Fortune 500's most admired companies. Rubbermaid acquired Little Tikes Company, a manufacturer of children's backyard toys, in 1984 as well.

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Chillicothe, Ohio

Details: Chillicothe was named the capital of the Northwest Territory in 1800 and became the first capital of the State of Ohio in 1803. Chillicothe was the name of several historic towns in Ohio. The word is from the Shawnee -- a central-North American American Indian in the Algonquian language family. "Chillicothe" was the name of a Shawnee clan.

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Springfield, Ohio

Details: Springfield, Ohio. Springfield is the county seat of Clark County, Ohio. James Demint constructed the first cabin in what would become Springfield in 1799. In 1801, James Dougherty officially surveyed and platted the town. Many of the town's earliest settlers came from Kentucky. One of its most famous residents was Simon Kenton.

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Land Ordinance of 1785

Details: The Land Ordinance of 1785 dealt with these issues. As the states and Native Americans relinquished lands, government surveyors were to divide the territory into individual townships. Each township was to be square. Each side of the square was to be six miles in length, and the completed square would include a total of thirty-six square miles

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mutual of Ohio

Details: Two years later, this company combined with a Blue Cross program based in Toledo, Ohio, to form Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mutual of Ohio. Now known as Medical Mutual of Ohio, the company one of the largest insurance companies in the nation. See Also

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