The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum
August Thyssen

Born-Died: 1842 - 1926

Location: Germany

Site/Company: Thyssen

Historical Significance:

August Thyssen was a major European steel magnate.  He established Thyssen & Co. in 1871 and expanded the company by buying or founding firms.  Thyssen rivaled Krupp for German iron and steelmaking and his holdings spanned multiple continents.  After his death, descendants diversified and globalized the firm in Europe and North America.  Thyssen and Krupp merged in 1997, becoming one of the world’s biggest flat steel producers.  Today, thyssenkrupp remains an engineering leader in the global steel industry.

Photograph - 1913-1917, Library of Congress

Iron and Steel Hall of Fame Induction - 2018  

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