Malcom McLean Biography

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.