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Companies Founded in 1851

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1851; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
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    Ahlstrom is a Finnish high performance fiber-based materials company, partnering with leading businesses around the world. Ahlstrom's shares have been traded on the main list of the Helsinki Stock...  more
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    Burleigh Pottery

    Burleigh Pottery is the name of a pottery manufacturer in Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent. The business specialises in traditionally shaped and patterned domestic earthenware of high quality. The pottery...  more
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    Caledonian MacBrayne

    Caledonian MacBrayne, usually shortened to Cal Mac, is the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, and ferry services, between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands on...  more
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    Corning Inc.

    Manufacturing, Drawing and Insulating of Nonferrous Wire
    Corning Incorporated is an American manufacturer of glass, ceramics, and related materials, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. The company was known as Corning Glass Works until...  more
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    Professional, Scientific
    Deacons is Hong Kong's oldest and largest independent, commercial law firm with three representative offices in Mainland China, in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Deacons also has well established...  more
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    Enodis plc was a British multinational foodmaking equipment manufacturing company headquartered in London. A former FTSE 250 Index constituent, it was acquired by the American machinery manufacturer...  more
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    Fruit of the Loom is an American company that manufactures clothing, particularly underwear. The company's world headquarters is in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is currently a subsidiary of Berkshire...  more
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    Heraeus Holding GmbH is an engineering group based in Hanau, Germany. Its core areas of business are precious metals, special metals, dental materials, medical technology, quartz glass, sensors and...  more
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    Jacksons Stores

    Jacksons Stores Ltd, named after William Jackson, the man who founded it, was a British chain of 114 convenience stores in Yorkshire and the North Midlands that was founded in 1991 by the Hull-based...  more
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    Kiehl's is an American cosmetics brand retailer that specializes in making premium skin, hair, and body care products. Founded as a single pharmacy at Third Avenue and East 13th Street in 1851....  more
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    Krasny Oktyabr Open Joint-Stock Company

    Moskovskaya Konditerskaya Fabrika Krasny Oktyabr Open Joint-Stock Company is a Russian confectionery manufacturer and a member of Obyedinyonnye Kontserny holding company. Krasny Oktyabr was founded...  more
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    F&R Lazarus & Company — commonly known as Lazarus — was a regional department store retail chain operating primarily in the U.S. Midwest, and based in Columbus, Ohio. For over 150 years, Lazarus was...  more
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    Founded in 1851, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is an American mutual life insurance company with 1,800 offices and 13 million clients worldwide. Mass Mutual is one of the largest life...  more
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    Moss Bros Group

    Moss Bros Group PLC is a public limited company set up in 1851 by Moses Moss in Covent Garden, London, UK. One of the UK's top menswear stores, specialising in dress wear for formal occasions, Moss...  more
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    Norges Hypotekbank

    Norges Hypotekbank is a defunct Norwegian government bank, created by law on September 18, 1851. Its function was to help commerce, and primarily the agricultural sector, through cheap mortgages. The...  more
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    Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss ultra-luxury watch manufacturer founded in 1852, located in Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. It designs and manufactures timepieces and movements including some of the...  more
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    Schering AG

    Pharmaceutical industry
    Schering AG was a research-centered German pharmaceutical company headquartered in Wedding, Berlin. In 2006 it was bought by Bayer AG and merged to form the Bayer subsidiary Bayer Schering Pharma AG....  more
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    Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company

    Arms Manufacturers
    Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company was the manufacturer of Sharps Rifle. The company was organized by Samuel Robbins and Richard S. Lawrence as a holding company in Hartford, Connecticut on October...  more
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    Smiths Group

    Aerospace, Engineering
    Smiths Group plc is a British multinational diversified engineering company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has operations in over 50 countries and employs around 23,550 staff. Smiths...  more
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    State Printing Company

    Printing, Security printing
    ANY Security Printing Company or ANY Biztonsági Nyomda Nyrt. is one of the largest security printing companies in Hungary and the CEE region. Previously, the company produced traditional printing...  more
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    AG Vulcan Stettin

    Aktien-Gesellschaft Vulcan Stettin was a German shipbuilding and locomotive building company. Founded in 1851, it was located near the former eastern German city of Stettin, today Polish Szczecin....  more
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    Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    The Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, founded in 1851, is Victoria's most influential employer group. Servicing more than 15,000 businesses each year, VECCI is an independent,...  more
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    Western Union

    Telecommunications, Financial Services
    The Western Union Company is an American financial services and communications company. Its North American headquarters is in Meridian, Colorado, though the postal designation of nearby Englewood is...  more