back to list

Henry Crown

Material Service Corporation

1921 - 1941

Construction & Real Estate

1920 b. 1896
Born-Died1896 - 1990
BirthplaceIllinois (IL)
FatherLaborer, Un-/Semi-skilled
Era - 1920

During its first year of operation, Materials Service Corporation had sales of $218,000. Crown took over the helm shortly thereafter and grew the company until it dominated the Chicago sand and gravel market. After retiring from his presidency, the firm Crown built continued to grow, becoming the world’s largest distributor of concrete materials.