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|Jan Antonín Baťa|
7 March 1898|
Uherské Hradiště, Moravia, Austro-Hungarian Empire
23 August 1965 (aged 67)|
Batatuba, São Paulo, Brazil
Jan Antonín Baťa (March 7, 1898 – August 23, 1965) (also known as Jan Antonin Bata or Jan Bata, called The King of Shoes) was a Czech shoe manufacturer from Uherské Hradiště (southeastern Moravia), half-brother of Tomáš Baťa.
Jan Bata's administration began in May of 1931, he implemented new growth plans for the Baťa businesses at the height of the depression, expanding into new industries including: shoe machinery, tires, textiles, chemicals, mines, canals, a railway, film studios, manufacture of airplanes, bicycles, department stores, import/export.
At the time when Jan became owner and chief executive officer, the Baťa organization employed 16,560 co-workers that maintained 1,645 shops and 25 enterprises. Most of it in Czech lands (15,770 employees, 1,500 shops, 25 enterprises) and Slovakia (2 enterprises, 250 employees). The international businesses of the Baťa company consisted of 790 employees, 132 shops and 20 international enterprises.
During his period, the Moravian and Czech part of the business more than doubled its size to 38,000 co-workers, 2,200 shops, and 70 enterprises. The Slovak enterprises also expanded exponentially In Slovakia from 250 people to 12,340 and 8 enterprises.
Before World War II Jan and his family fled the Nazi's for the United States and eventually settling in Brazil, where he founded several towns, including: Bataiporã, Bataguassu, Batatuba, Anaurilândia and Mariápolis, communities where more than 100,000 people live today.
Up to his death, Jan expanded the organization more than sixfold from the date of purchase. From 1931 to 1942, the Bata organization grew to 105,770 employees.
The Baťavilles were new cities, new industrial communities, each with a specialized purpose, based on the "ideal city" model. Jan Bata came up with a contest in 1935, where the ideal city designs were entered in the contest. "In 1935, [Jan] Bata invited Le Corbusier to Zlin as a member of the jury of Bata's International Housing Competition and for consultations over the factory city plans." The way Jan Bata introduced the Ideal city concept was based on a competitive competition.