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Francis B. Davis Jr.

United States Rubber Company

1929 - 1942

Chemicals & Industrial

1920 b. 1883
UndergraduateYale University
Born-Died1883 - 1962
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
Era - 1920

In 1928, United States Rubber lost $10 million due to the collapse of the world crude rubber market. Taking over the helm in 1929, Davis reorganized the company, putting in place a multi-divisional organizational structure. Davis reduced the company’s debt by $40 million in five years, and in 1935, United States Rubber gained a profit of $2 million. Davis introduced Kaylon, a foam rubber cushion material, in 1934, and in 1938, Davis developed a rayon cord to be used in tire production.