In honor of industrialist and founder of American Cast Iron, John J. Eagan, Paris Economic Development Corp. directors have named the street leading to the American SpiralWeld Pipe facility in Paris Industrial Park the J.Eagan Street.

Paris learned early on in the process of cultivating relationships with the company about how Eagan was ahead of his time in providing company benefits for his employees.

As a corporate citizen, American SpiralWeld Pipe Co. lives by “The Golden Rule,” Vice President Patrick Hook told a large audience gathered at a Paris City Council meeting in December 2017.

“The Golden Rule is our one true core value,” Hook said in describing the company culture. “We are a value-based company, and Paris fits that bill.”

At the same meeting, American Cast Iron Vice President Mike O’Brien shared how the founder of the parent company was a visionary, ahead of his time in introducing company benefits for employees. Giving an example, O’Brien said Eagan built a large bath house so workers would have a place to clean up from an extremely dirty job at the end of the day.

Upon his death in 1924, the industrialist left American Cast Iron and its capital in a trust, giving employees ownership. O’Brien noted employee ownership extends to American SpiralWeld as well.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at mary.madewell@theparisnews.com.

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