List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1872; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
AB Landsverk Landsverk was founded in 1872 as Firman Petterson & Ohlsen. It was a heavy industry, manufacturing railroad cars, harbour cranes and agricultural machinery. It was located in Landskrona,
American Financial GroupFinancial Services, Fire, Marine American Financial Group Incorporated is a holding company based in Cincinnati, Ohio whose primary business is insurance and investments. American Financial Group's purpose is to enable ...more
American Standard Brands American Standard Brands is a North American manufacturer of plumbing fixtures, sold under the American Standard, Crane, Fiat, Sanymetal, and Showerite, based in Piscataway, New Jersey, United ...more
American Standard CompaniesAir-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment American Standard Companies, Inc. was a global manufacturer of plumbing, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems and services, bath and kitchen products and vehicle control systems. ...more
BB&TFinance, Insurance Carriers, National Commercial Banks The BB&T Corporation is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $184.7 billion in assets and market capitalization of $28.9 billion, as of March 31, 2014. ...more
BJ Services CompanyPetroleum industry BJ Services Company was an oil and gas equipment and services company that is now a subsidiary of Baker Hughes. It was founded in 1872 as the Byron Jackson Company by inventor Byron Jackson and ...more
BudgensRetail Budgens Stores Ltd is a chain of foodstores in the United Kingdom. The business was founded in 1872 by John Budgen, who opened the first store at Maidenhead, Berkshire. The business was ...more
China Merchants Group China Merchants Group is a state owned corporation of People's Republic of China. It is the major shareholder of China Merchants Holdings as well as China Merchants Bank. The Company ...more
Christian SalvesenLogistics, Transportation Christian Salvesen was a European transport and logistics company with a long and varied history, employing 13,000 staff and operating in seven countries in western Europe. Since December 2007 ...more
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft is a German shipbuilding company located in Flensburg. The company is trading as Flensburger and commonly abbreviated FSG.
Folgers Folgers Coffee is a popular brand of coffee in the United States, part of the food and beverage division of The J.M. Smucker Company.
G. Schneider & Sohn G. Schneider & Sohn is a brewery company in Bavaria, Germany.
Great American Insurance Company
Kimberly-ClarkPaper, Manufacturing, Stationery Kimberly-Clark Corporation is an American personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products. Kimberly-Clark brand name products include Kleenex facial tissue, Kotex ...more
L. S. AyresRetail L. S. Ayres and Company was an Indianapolis, Indiana, department store founded in 1872 by Lyman S. Ayres. Over the years its Indianapolis flagship store, which opened in 1905 and was later ...more
Lucas Industries Lucas Industries plc was a well-known British manufacturer of components for the motor industry and aerospace industry. It was based in Birmingham. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and ...more
Pillsbury CompanyFood Manufacturing, Food processing Pillsbury is a brand name used by Minneapolis-based General Mills and Orrville, Ohio-based J.M. Smucker Company. Historically, the Pillsbury Company, also based in Minneapolis, was a rival ...more
Pirelli Pirelli & C. SpA is a multinational company based in Milan, Italy, listed on Milan Stock Exchange since 1922. The company, the world’s fifth-largest tyre manufacturer behind Bridgestone, ...more
Roundy'sSupermarket Roundy's Supermarkets is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based supermarket chain with 166 stores and 99 pharmacies in Wisconsin, and Illinois. Based on fiscal year 2012 sales, Roundy's was the 37th ...more
Shiseido Shiseido Company, Limited is a major Japanese hair care and cosmetics producer. It is one of the oldest cosmetics companies in the world. Founded in 1872, it celebrated its 140th year ...more
SimpsonsRetail The Robert Simpson Company, or Simpsons, was a Canadian department store chain, founded by Robert Simpson in 1858. The Hudson's Bay Company purchased the chain in 1978, and it ceased operation ...more
St. Charles Car Company St. Charles Car Company, a railroad rolling stock manufacturing company located in St. Charles, Missouri, was founded in 1872 or 1873. In 1899 it merged with twelve other companies to form ...more
WestPublishing West publishes legal, business, and regulatory information in print, and on electronic services such as Westlaw. Since the late 19th century, West has been one of the most prominent publishers ...more
Trondhjems mekaniske VærkstedShip Building and Repairing Trondhjems mekaniske Værksted or TMV was a major shipbuilding company in Trondheim, Norway.
Von MaurRetail Von Maur is a department store chain with stores primarily located in the Midwestern United States. The chain, based in Davenport, Iowa, sells mid-priced brand-name apparel, accessories, ...more
Western ElectricTelecommunications Western Electric Company was an American electrical engineering and manufacturing company, the supplier to AT&T from 1881 to 1995. The company was responsible for a number of technological ...more