Andrew J. Higgins
Higgins originally formed his business to build motorboats, tugs and barges for lumberman and oil drillers traversing the waters of the Mississippi delta region. His innovative ship designs, which were effective in very shallow water, were soon sought after by the US Navy. Higgins became one of the biggest suppliers to the military mobilization effort for World War II. Over 90% of the navy vessels produced during the war were designed by Higgins Industries including most of the landing ships which allowed ship-bound troops to quickly mobilize on land.