Hiram Hutchinson (1808 - 1869)
Entrepreneur for the Industrial Production of Rubber Boots
Hiram Hutchinson, (born 1808 - died 1869), was a pioneering industrialist and passionate advocate of the application of rubber for industrial use.
In 1853, Hutchinson purchased the patent from Charles Goodyear for the vulcanisation of rubber. He purchased land and buildings near Châlette-sur-Loing, France which he used to produce rubber boots for the Dutch; who at the time depended on wooden clogs for working in muddy fields of Holland.
Founding of the Company L'Aigle
His company in France was called l'Aigle (The Eagle) - which to this day produces the highest quality rubber boots/Wellington boots.
Hiram Hutchinson founded the European Society of Soft Rubber which later became the company "Hutchinson Worldwide".
Hutchinson Worldwide is a now major global corporation specialising in aerospace, automotive, and telecommunications. Hutchinson Worldwide produces products made in rubber - producing 21st century rubber products for government and consumer markets. The petroleum company Total is currently majority share holder of Hutchinson Worldwide.