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John H. McConnell

Worthington Industries

1955 - 1993

Metals

1950 b. 1923
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateMichigan State University
Personal
Born-Died1923
BirthplaceWest Virginia (WV)
RaceWhite
FatherLaborer, Un-/Semi-skilled
Era - 1950

Borrowing $600 by using his car as collateral, McConnell founded Worthington Industries in 1955 and guiding it into a premier manufacturer of steel and other metal-based products. From its inauspicious beginnings, Worthington has grown into a multi-billion operation, and McConnell has been recognized for his innovative, employee-based management philosophy.