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Engineering PhiladelphiaThe Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis$
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Domenic Vitiello

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450112

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450112.001.0001

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Empires of Steel

Empires of Steel

(p.136) Chapter 5 Empires of Steel
Engineering Philadelphia

Domenic Vitiello

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines William Sellers's postwar ownership of Midvale Steel Co. and how it shaped new corporate patterns of industry and economic development, including the rise of the military–industrial complex and national capitalism. It considers the metallurgical research and management reform at Midvale that gave rise to the new science of management and furthered William Sellers's rationalization mission while allowing him to extend his influence over national economic policy and in international manufacturing. It discusses the ways that Midvale helped fashion the technologies, markets, and metropolitan environments of the second industrial revolution as well as the role of industrialists in producing new forms of corporate capitalism that in turn led to a new national and international capitalism.

Keywords:   economic development, William Sellers, Midvale Steel Co, military–industrial complex, capitalism, metallurgical research, management reform, economic policy, manufacturing, second industrial revolution

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