When my father came back to Chicago after WWII, he needed a job. He looked for something where he could used his chemical engineering degree and he came upon a company called Newman Tallow and Soap Machinery. They sold used equipment related to the soap industry. The company had been founded by a fellow named Harry Newman who had worked in the soap industry. Soap was always big industry in Chicago when it had the Stock Yards.
My father remained in the used machinery business for the rest of his career. He founded Madison Equipment Company which existed through the 1990’s. At Newman Tallow and Soap Machinery, he had worked with Bob Newman, the grandson of the founder. Bob’s family is still in the machinery business; they own Loeb Equipment Co.