Henry R. Towne
Assuming sole leadership of the company after the death of his partner Linus Yale, Towne would go on to revolutionize the lock industry. Capitalizing on one of Yale’s less favorite designs, Towne recognized that the heart of the lock could be mass-produced with individual combination cylinders added later. This and other techniques, many of which were the invention of Towne himself, helped make his company the leader in locking equipment, from small household locks, to bank locks, and night latches. Towne was also known for creating a modern system of scientific management, blending the production and engineering of goods with management and economics.