Richard S. Reynolds
Believing that aluminum was the metal of the future, R. S. Reynolds devoted his metal company’s efforts to its production, despite slow growth of the product in the 1910s. However, because of Reynolds’ foresight, the company flourished during his tenure, despite near aluminum shortages and the hard times of the Depression. The Reynolds Corporation became a serious competitor in the aluminum industry having won leases on huge government production facilities, and is known for the popular aluminum foil brand, Reynolds Wrap.