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Heroes of Progress: Malcom McLean

Heroes of Progress: Malcom McLean

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Malcolm McLean

Malcolm McLean

McLean, first an American truck driver and later a businessman, developed the modern intermodal shipping container.

The development of standardized shipping containers

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Malcom McLean's life

  • Malcolm McLean was born in November 1913 in Maxton, North Carolina.
  • He graduated from high school in 1935 and began working as a driver for his sibling's t...

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Malcom McLean solves a problem

  • In 1937, during a routine delivery to the port in North Carolina for shipment, McLean had to stay behind until his cargo had been loaded onto the ship.
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Developing an idea

  • In 1956, Malcom McLean secured a bank loan for $22 million. He bought two WWII tanker ships and converted them to carry his containers. Later that year, on...

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