An amazing 91 year old Bronx man still goes to work everyday at the multi-million dollar manufacturing company he founded in Hunts Point which is one of the largest black-owned manufacturing companies in America.
According to the video below from NY1, Leon Eastmond has been working since the tender age of 12 and eventually built the current business from his father’s welding and repair business that was started back in 1926.
Eastmond talks about how by the 1940s, when the business had turned into manufacturing fuel tanks, potential clients turned him away because of his skin color but he eventually won their support.
Because of these early hardships, he’s gone on to make sure he gives back to the community by providing opportunities to those who typically wouldn’t get any like the formerly incarcerated and unskilled workers.
Watch the video below and let’s celebrate this amazing man and his entrepreneurial spirit, the stuff The Bronx is made of!
Leon Eastmond has been working since he was 12 years old. At age 91, he has no plans to step away from the multi-million dollar manufacturing company that he built in the Bronx. “You know why so many people are anxious to retire? They don’t like what they do,” Arlington Leon Eastmond said.