Heinz brand, family ties, ubiquitous in Pittsburgh

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 14 at 3:02 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs at Heinz Hall. The city's regional history museum is named for a Heinz heir. One of the city's richest philanthropies was fueled by the Heinz fortune. Love-struck couples wait for months to be married at Heinz Memorial Chapel, the family's Gothic limestone gift to the University of Pittsburgh campus. And the city's beloved Steelers play their home games at Heinz Field.

Those are just a few reasons why the $28 billion sale of the ketchup-making food giant H.J. Heinz Co. resonates so profoundly with Pittsburghers.

The company founded by Henry John Heinz will remain headquartered in the city though, nearly 150 years later, it would take more than just a corporate relocation to uproot the Heinz family and corporate legacy.

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