Biography of Joseph A. Silver
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JOSEPH A. SILVER
President and general manager of the Silver Bros. Iron Works Company, Joseph A. Silver is prominent not only in Salt Lake business circles, but in the iron and steel industry, in which, as far as the West is concerned, he may well be classed as a leader.

From his youth up Mr. Silver has been connected with the great business which bears his name. He has devoted his time and energy to it, and this, combined with a strong sense of honor in business dealings, has made his name and that of his firm a synonym for high integrity, not only in Utah, but in the other States where the enormous business carried on by the company extends. From a small beginning, made a number of years ago, the industry carried on by the Silver Bros. Iron Works Company has grown until it is one of the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. A small shop at its inception, it now covers an entire block. The buildings housing the plant are all modern in design, the equipment is of the latest, and the patterns the most improved, and capable of turning out a superior class of work of all kinds in this particular branch of manufacturing.

Prior to 1898 the business was not incorporated, being carried on by a partnership composed of Joseph A. Silver, John A. Silver and Hyrum A. Silver. But in that year the concern was incorporated, John and Hyrum Silver withdrawing from the company and leaving Joseph A. Silver, its practical founder, in control. Even at that time the demand for the products of the company, created by the honest work turned out, and the reputation which Mr. Silver early established for fair dealing, was such as to tax the capacity of the plant Desiring to enlarge the production, Mr. Silver associated with himself in the enterprise several of Utah's captains of finance, prominent among whom is Mr. Lewis S. Hills, president of the Deseret National Bank, widely known through his excellent business judgment, and the fact that a pleasing personality has won for him a large circle of friends.

With such men as Mr. Hills allied with him, Mr. Silver, proceeding along modern lines, began the work of remodeling and enlarging the plant of the Silver Bros. Iron Works Company, using his long experience in the business to such advantage that the manufactory is classed among the best of its kind in the country. Its equipment enables it to take and execute in the most satisfactory manner all kinds of contracts relating to the work of a foundry and to iron and steel designs. Back of this great industry, employing its hundreds of men, and of which Salt Lake is proud, stands Joseph A. Silver, to whose strict integrity and dogged persistence are due the great works of which he is the guiding hand.

From:
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909


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