A Classification of American Wealth
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 Consolidations : The Wire Trust 

Page entitled : John W. Gates forms American Steel & Wire

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How Gates strenghtend the Consolidated Steel & Wire Co by acquisitions, weakend the competitors by a price war and eventually founded a greater combination 

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... John Warne Gates launched a campaign of his own, proposing consolidation under the mantle of one giant corporation, the American Steel & Wire Company, to the various producers of wire rod, steel wire, wire-nails and other wire products. He re-engaged ‘Judge’ Elbert Henry Gary, a director of the Illinois Steel Company to prepare the legal framework for the combination and together they approached  ...


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