Same Town, Same Family: The Smucker Saga

Same Town, Same Family: The Smucker Saga

In 1752, Amish/Mennonite farmer Christian Schmucker migrated from Switzerland to Pennsylvania.  In 2016, his son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son’s son, forty-six-year-old Mark Smucker, became Chief Executive of the J. M. Smucker Company of Orrville, Ohio. ...

New Beginnings in the Roaring Twenties

Here we go again – another decade of the “twenties” – hopefully these twenties roar in the good sense.  This is a perfect time to look back at what was going on in business history one hundred years ago. 1920 was an important year in business history. ...
Living Architecture from a Dying Company

Living Architecture from a Dying Company

We have previously written about the rise of Sears, Roebuck to become the world’s greatest retailer.  The company’s subsequent decline now fills the headlines and is apparent across America.  Yet important vestiges, physical memorials, of the...
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