Charles Frederick Meilink, president and general manager of the Meilink Steel Safe Cothpany, was born in Toledo,
October 25, 1867, a son of Bernard and Mary Anna (Essing) Meilink, both of pioneer families of Toledo, the father
having been one of, the early - merchants and manufacturers of this city. Charles F. Meilink was educated in the
parochial schools and the Jesuit College and became interested in mechanics in early childhood. As a boy he worked
in machine shops during vacation periods and later followed that line of work for several years. For a number of
years he was identified with the bicycle manufacturing industry in Toledo. In August, 1897, Mr. Meilink organized
a small concern under the name of the Meilink Manufacturing Company for the purpose of manufacturing specialties,
employing at the outset ten men, and four years later, in 1901, it was incorporated under the same name and began
the manufacture of safes. In 1920 the named was changed to the.present Meilink Steel Safe Company. Something of
the steady growth of the business is indicated in the fact that he now employs one hundred and fifty people and
his plant is the largest steel fireproof safe manufacturing concern in the world. All of the output has been developed
and perfected by him. The business is indeed one of extensive proportions and the output is sent to all sections
of the globe.
Mr. Meilink is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and is in hearty sympathy with the purposes of that organization
for the upbuilding of the city, the extension of its business relations and the maintenance of high civic standards.
He is likewise a member of the Toledo Club. He has wide acquaintance in this city, in which practically his entire
life has been passed, and he has made valuable contribution to its industrial progress and consequent prosperity.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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