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Dong Chan Lee
Apr. 1, 1922 ~ NOV. 8, 2014
One of the First Generation Businessmen Who Drove Korea's Economic DevelopmentFormer Chairperson Dong Chan Lee returned to Korea from Japan after the restoration of national independence and witnessed the tragic sight of people ragged and starving due to the repercussions of the Korean War. Lee harbored the determination to revive the economy of his devastated homeland and uphold the spirit of patriotism and community service by producing warm clothes for people. After jumping into the business field, he opened up the textile industry for the first time in Korea. He opened the Seoul branch of Samkyeong Corporation and Kaemyeong Corporation, which is the precursor of KOLON Trading Company, in 1954 and jumped full scale into the trade business. This ignited the Nylon Innovation of Korea. On April 12, 1957, Lee founded Korea Nylon with his father and former chairperson Won Man Lee. Korea Nylon began to produce Korea's first nylon yarns, which marked a milestone in the history of Korea's textile industry.
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