United States Business Histories

The historical evolution of American business underpins much of American history generally. The 19th-Century Industrial Revolution wrought changes in management structure and oversight, pollution and pollution controls, manufacturing and other technology, and import and export trends, all of which continued to change as laws followed these significant developments. Understanding the evolution of American business is useful for providing organizational histories, but is also important for analyzing CERCLA disputes relating to liability. SHRA’s team of researchers has experience researching and understanding business and corporate trends through research on industries as varied as zinc and lead mining and smelting, laundry machine manufacturing, phosphate mining and processing, cement, timber, and many others. We understand and can articulate how your company’s history fits into larger trends related to anti-trust, environmental, and labor regulations, among others, and bring your interesting corporate history to life. Let SHRA tell your business story.

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Client Confidential (2013-2015)

SHRA conducted research on the history of vertical integration in mining/refining industry. The primary inquiries related to whether the parent company had direct control over the subsidiary company, whose operations were located thousands of miles away, and what drove various mergers and acquisitions during the corporation’s history. SHRA’s research focused on business industry norms of the period, and examining communication standards and organizational structures.