Born: 14 November 1913
Best Known as: inventor of containerized shipping
Malcom McLean invented containerized shipping which revolutionized the shipping industry. Born in Maxton, North Carolina, McLean ended his education with high school. During the Great Depression, McLean became a trucker and eventually built his own trucking company, for which he designed a container system that greatly reduced time, labor costs, and damage to cargo. His shipping method reduced costs by 25 percent and his company, SeaLand Industries became the largest cargo-shipping business in the world. He died May 25, 2001.
More on Malcom McLean from Infoplease:
Information Please® Database, © 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.