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Henry J. Heinz-57 Varities: A Pioneer and a Man Ahead of His Time

Henry J. Heinz, and his vision for the public, building on the needs of the customers first.

The First Heinz Product  Grated Horseradish

The First Heinz Product Grated Horseradish

Early Glass Heinz Bottles

Early Glass Heinz Bottles

Early Days Of Henry J. Heinz

Probably no one in the world has not heard of the H.J.Heinz Company and its 57 Varieties with ketchup as its main product. A name associated with quality of the products, great marketing, and fairness to its employees.

He was born Henry John Heinz in 1844 in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, to German immigrant parents John and Anna Heinz. His father, John, owned a brick-making plant along with some land. His mother, Anna, had a garden for vegetables. Here, Henry was always helping his mother in the garden and began selling the products to neighbors and small businesses. By the age of ten, he was given his own 3/4 acre of the garden, and by the age of twelve, he had 3 1/2 acres.

Henry kept records of gardening, soil, seeds, harvesting, and selling. This meticulous record-keeping in detail would be one of his keys to success. In addition, Henry believed that quality was paramount to his products. He realized that customers needed to see the product, and he began using clear glass bottles to prove his product contained nothing but what it was.

Each time he delivered to customers, he entered what they liked or disliked about the products. Soon, he realized he would also use clear white vinegar and not apple cider vinegar.

From the beginning of using his wagon, then a horse and carriage, Henry saw the benefits of using better transportation to get his products to customers. He could also advertise his products on his delivery trucks and eventually his fleet of railroad cars. He was a master of marketing yet still true to his philosophy of putting the customer first.

Today, the Heinz company is a global enterprise with quality in its products, setting records for sales from its humble beginnings.

H.J. Heinz Plant

H.J. Heinz Plant

Heinz Company  Delivery Truck

Heinz Company Delivery Truck

Henry J. Heinz And His Employees

Henry believed in treating his employees like family and that by doing so, he would reap the rewards. He was first to give his employees dental and health benefits, free concerts on the roof-top gardens, aiding them in learning English and guiding them to gain citizenship. He was the first to employ the five-day workplace.

Henry was a man of principle and morals and very religious. He taught Sunday School throughout his life. He demanded that his salesmen not drink, swear, divorce, or commit adultery.

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When he began building his first plant, Heinz believed in sanitary conditions and would be a pioneer in the Food And Drug Act. So every part of his plant and his delivery trucks was scrubbed daily.

One of Henry's famous quotes was, "Quality is to a product what character is to a man."

Heinz Company  Employee Roof Garden

Heinz Company Employee Roof Garden

Henry's Family Life

In 1869 Henry married Sarah Sloan Young, and together they had Irene (1871-1956, Clarence Henry (1893-1920, Howard (1877-1941, Robert 1882-1882), and Clifford (1883-1935. Sarah died in 1894 and is buried in the Heinz Mausoleum, Homewood Cemetery, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Henry was deeply affected by the loss of Sarah, and he never remarried.

In 1901, Howard Heinz started a small boys club in Pittsburg. Later this was named the Sarah Heinz House. It was so successful that in 2008 a new building was necessary and when completed, it had a swimming pool.

What a legacy Henry J. Heinz left behind. A man ahead of his time was honest, religious, and philanthropic for the community he loved. All starting from his small garden plot and his ingenuity.

J.J. Heinz Museum

J.J. Heinz Museum

The Heinz Factory

The Heinz Factory

Senator H. John Heinz III History Center

The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, located at 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburg, 412-454-600. It covers six floors containing exhibits and archives of the H.J. Heinz company.

H.J. Heinz Timeline

Henry was a true pioneer in the industry. He led the way in production. He was the first to electrify his plants, the first to produce his glass bottles, and the first to insist on sanitation n his plants.

  • 1869 H.J. Heinz and friend Clarence Noble launch Heinz-Noble Company
  • 1875 Heinz-Noble Co goes bankrupt, and H.J. Heinz vows to repay every creditor, which he does within five years
  • 1876 Heinz begins again with brother John and cousin Frederick and, invents ketchup
  • 1888 H.J. Heinz buys out his partners
  • 1894 Henry's wife Sarah dies
  • 1896 Henry comes up with his slogan 57 Varieties. He used his lucky number five and his wife's lucky number seven.
  • 1905 H. J. Heinz incorporates
  • 1906 Henry is a leader in the Food and Drug Act
  • 1919 Henry dies
  • 1931 Howard Heinz, son introduces soup and baby food
  • 1946 H.J. "Jack" Heinz II takes the company public
  • 1966 Robert B. Gookin, first CEO outside the Heinz company
  • 1972 Heinz company reaches sales of billion dollars
  • 1978 Anthony "Tony" O'Reilly takes company global
  • 1988 Heinz History Center opens in Pittsburg
  • 2012 Heinz company sales reach 11.6 billion dollars
  • 2013 A group, along with Warren Buffet, purchase H.J. Heinz for 28 billion

Heinz Lofts Apartments

Heinz Loft Apartments

Heinz Loft Apartments

Heinz Loft Apartments

Heinz Loft Apartments

Heinz Loft Apartments

The Heinz Loft Apartments is located on the river, 300 Heinz St., Pittsburg, Pa. It is located in the industrial complex in the Troy Hill neighborhood, 1-844-807-5771. One, two, or three-bedroom floor plans with gourmet kitchens, 24-hour maintenance, on-site cleaning service, on-site cafe. The complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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