In his book, The Kernel & The Bean, Dan J. Forrestal records the founding and the early development of the A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company. Augustus Eugene Staley grew up on a North Carolina farm. In 1883, at the age of 16, Staley was successful in landing a job as a back room employee in a Greensboro, North Carolina, hardware store. Several months later, the day before Christmas, Staley was fired from his first job at that hardware store. The owner dismissed him with, "You'll never make a businessman, Staley. You better go to the foundry down the street and get a job where you can use your brute strength."



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