“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967)
The son of a New York shoemaker, Kaiser started a construction company on the west coast which quickly became among the largest through his innovative use of heavy machinery, and participated in the building of the Hoover and Grand Coulee dams. At the outbreak of World War II, Kaiser established ship yards to build hundreds of Liberty ships in record breaking time, switching from riveting to welding, introducing mass production techniques, and earning himself the title “The Father of American Ship Building.” An classic industrialist of the first water, Kaiser also founded an aluminum company, a steel company, and a car company and was among the first to offer his workforce health care and credit unions (Kaiser Permanente). A large part of the fortune he amassed is now administered by the non-profit, non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation which supports health care research.