Ernest T. Weir
Having formed National Steel through the consolidation of three small steel firms and a furnace company, Weir managed his enterprise in a somewhat hard-line manner, implementing whatever profit-generating methods he deemed appropriate. These measures, coupled with the fact that National Steel was one of the only firms in its industry that focused on the growing demand for lighter weight steel and alloy products, made it one of the only steel companies to consistently turn a profit during the Great Depression.