One of the most immediate tasks was to lessen the headaches of running so many businesses. Company executives tried to wean Edison from his many business responsibilities, giving him more freedom to work in the laboratory. He had spent most of his time over the past decade dealing with the hassles of running an enormous conglomerate and had missed inventing. But the Edison enterprises were far-flung, and it was impossible for any one executive to deal with the business of all of them.Executives and key staff members close to Edison, especially his lawyers, impressed upon him the importance of a centralized organization to the long-term health of the Edison companies. On March 2, 1911, Thomas Edison, Inc. was born. The new company was the first step toward combining all the Edison companies under a single head. In addition to greatly streamlining business headaches, it had the additional
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