Sidney W. Winslow
With the insight he gained while working in his father’s shoe factory, Winslow started his first shoe machine company in 1893, producing leather-buffing machines. With the profits from this business, Winslow combined resources with Gordon McKay and the Goodyear Company to create the United Shoe Machine Company in 1899, which had the largest market share in the shoe machinery business. Under Winslow’s leadership, the company acquired 59 more firms and became the third largest machine producer of any kind in the United States, with assets of $74.1 million in 1917.