Henry Heinz (1844-1919) – Founder H. J. Heinz Company
In February 1876, Henry Heinz joined his brother John and cousin Frederick and launched the F. & J. Heinz Company. By 1888, Heinz had bought out his partners, renamed the company H.J. Heinz, established a relationship with retailers in England, and began construction of a factory on the Allegheny River. His benevolent management style made H.J. Heinz company a pioneer in labor relations. Workers were treated well and afforded comforts and conveniences including free manicures and rooftop gardens. Heinz worked tirelessly against the large segment of the processed food industry to gain passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. Initially, this act focused on ensuring that food products were properly labeled to identify all ingredients in the contents.
We honor Mr. Heinz because of his commitment to his employees, and his concern for transparent disclosures in food labeling. He is clearly a Legacy Champ. If you want to be a Legacy Champ in your own special way, then contact The Mendel Law Firm, L.P., for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.