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Person: Oscar Gottfried Mayer, Sr., Meat Products Executive (1888-1965)

This week, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Oscar Gottfried Mayer, Sr., born 10 March 1888 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, son of Oscar F. Mayer (1859-1955) and his wife Louise C. Greiner (1864-1931), both immigrants from Germany. Oscar was an American business executive who served as chairman and president of Oscar Mayer, the processed-meat firm founded by his father. In his youth, Mayer spent much of his time helping out in the Chicago store his father established, and his sausage-packing plant nearby. He attended Harvard University, graduating in 1909.
Mayer then went to work in the operations department of the family business. In 1919, Mayer oversaw the acquisition of a meat-packing plant in Madison, Wisconsin that became the firm's major processing facility (and later the site of its corporate headquarters), growing the Madison unit to employ 3,000 to 4,000 workers by the time of his death. Mayer was named as the firm's president in 1928, and served in that role until March 1955 when he was appointed as the company's chairman. Under his leadership, the company grew from 200 employees and $4 million in annual sales, to 8,500 employees and $300 million in yearly revenues by 1965. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Person Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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