Major Employers During WWII?

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  1. sabrina

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    What were some of the major employers (vehicle, distributing, miscellany) pre- and during WWII? Just throw some out there. I need to choose one to research for the current chapter.
     
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    Brown and Root in the Houston ship channel built a shipyard and US Navy vessels including destroyers. Brown and Root also built the Corpus Christi Naval Station during the war. They employed and still do, many people in Southeast Texas.
     
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    Anything to do with manufacturing war material, or transportation. Think of how much was transported via rail in those days. There were no interstate highways, so the fastest way to get men an material across country was by rail.
     
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    "Kaiser" employed 10's of thousands in the shipyards. Same with the major shipyards on the east coast with the likes of Bethlehem Steel, US Steel, Republic Steel being major builders or suppliers.

    GM employed 100's of thousands in a multitude of war plants. The same with Ford and Chrysler.

    Douglas Aircraft and Boeing also employed 10's of thousands in aircraft plants.
     
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    transport and distribution of already-manufactured war material. Sorry, guess I misunderstood the question
     
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    General Electric Corporation through it's subsidiary GEI was the biggest US employer in the Nazi armaments industry.

    GEC owned AEG and OSRAM which both employed slave labour from Nazi concentration camps. Through ownership of AEG, GEC also owned EMW which developed the V-2 rocket.

    GEC raised Wall Street loans to it's subsidiary GEI for a light bulb factory, but diverted funds through Lisbon and Switzerland to fund building the Mittlewerk V-2 factory.

    During the war GEC also profiteered from a Tungsten Carbide licensing partnership with Krupp Industry. Through subsidiary Carballoy GEC charged the Allies ten times more for Tungsten Carbide exports from Portugal than it charged to the Axis powers.

    GEC also made extremely large cash donations to the Nazi party beginning in 1939. Through meetings with Werner von Braun and General Dornberger GEC purchased information for the WAC Corporal project under a scheme called Project ORDCIT.
     
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    General Motors must have made a heap from building tanks ?

    Kaiser shipyards would have made a fortune with shipyards churning out Liberty ships ?

    Boeing grew fat on the B-17 and B-29.
     
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    Kellogg Brown Root, Inc. -- Company History
     
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    Just read that the peak workforce for Curtiss in 1942 was 42,000.
     
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    Beyween Curtiss and Bell aircraft in Niagara Falls/Buffalo there were 50,000 workers but I think the claim to fame here was the Electrochemical industry or abrasives chances are if you had a grinding wheel or any abrasive tool in North America it was made in Niagara , IMHO the most important industry in WW2 without abrasives you have no tools or machine capabilty
     
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