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Hiram C. Nicholas Gold Medal, Founder's Award, The Council of Profit Sharing Industries

after 1947 Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 Medallic Art Company (Founder) bronze 3 in. (7.7 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1967.93.52 Not currently on view


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Hiram C. Nicholas (died 1950) headed the Quality Castings Company in Orrville, Ohio. He is remembered for having helped establish the Council of Profit Sharing (known today as the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America) in 1947. Nicholas and his collaborators believed that profit sharing promised reduced labor tensions, improved productivity, and higher profits. The movement grew out of the labor tensions of the 1930s and the “hate and strife” of the Second World War. The reverse of Joseph Renier’s medal shows a worker, identified by his coveralls, standing arm in arm with a suited company manager.

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Figure male - full length

Object - other - torch

Occupation - other - businessman

Portrait male - Nicholas, Hiram C. - bust

sculpture - medal

metal - bronze

relief

About Joseph E. Renier

Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966

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