Hall of Honor Inductee: James E. Casey

James E. Casey

James E. Casey (1888 — 1983)

"The basic principle which I believe has contributed more than any other to the building of our business... is the ownership of our company by the people employed in it."

In 1907, James "Jim" Casey borrowed $100 and helped found a messenger service in Seattle, Washington, that developed into the world's largest package delivery company — the United Parcel Service. Casey believed that employees were the bedrock of the company. As president, he established the principles of fair and equal treatment for all, promotion from within and the chance to own a share of the business. He maintained fair wages and good working conditions during the Great Depression, and fostered cooperation with labor unions. In 1948 he established the Annie E. Casey Foundation to assist disadvantaged children.

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