Business Hall of Fame during a ceremony on April 26 in Charlotte, N.C.
With his induction, Harold Boeschenstein joins business legends like Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and J.D. Rockefeller, Jr. Since its inception in 1975, the U.S. Business Hall of Fame has inducted 229 business leaders.
The U.S. Business Hall of Fame benefits JA Worldwide(TM) (Junior Achievement) and recognizes business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to free-enterprise and society. Inductees are selected by a committee of past winners and are reviewed on their excellence in business, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, leadership and philanthropy.
Boeschenstein (1896 - 1972) was a prominent figure in the glass industry for more than 40 years. In 1931, he and his associates at Owens-Illinois Glass Company began the research of fibrous glass. This led to the formation of Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corporation - later named Owens Corning - by Owens- Illinois and Corning Glass Works of Corning, N.Y. In 1938, Boeschenstein was named president and a director of the new company. He was elected chairman in 1963 and retired in 1967. After retirement, he continued to serve the company as chairman of the executive committee and as a director and advisor.
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