List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1886; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
AlcoaAluminum, Nonferrous Metal (except Copper and Aluminum) Rolling, Drawing Alcoa Inc. is the world's third largest producer of aluminum, behind Rio Tinto Alcan and Rusal, with corporate headquarters in New York City. From its operational base in Pittsburgh, ...more
Anchor Anchor is a brand of dairy products that was founded in New Zealand in 1886 and is one of the key brands owned by the New Zealand based international exporter Fonterra Co−operative Group. In ...more
Arthur D. LittleManagement Consulting Services Arthur D. Little is an international management consulting firm originally headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and formally incorporated by that name in 1909 by Arthur Dehon ...more
Bama GruppenWholesale Bama-Gruppen AS is Norway's largest private distributor of fruit and vegetables. Bama-Gruppen is engaged in wholesale trading of imported and Norwegian-produced fresh produce in fruits, ...more
BoschAutomation, Engineering, Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Robert Bosch GmbH, or Bosch, is a German multinational engineering and electronics company headquartered in Gerlingen, near Stuttgart, Germany. It is the world's largest supplier of automotive ...more
Consumers Energy Consumers Energy is a public utility that provides natural gas and electricity to more than 6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents. It serves customers in all 68 of the state’s Lower ...more
D. L. Clark Company The D. L. Clark Company was founded in 1886 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, now part of Pittsburgh, by David L. Clark, an Irish-born candy salesman. In 1921, Clark Brothers Chewing Gum Company was ...more
Dairy Farm International HoldingsRetail Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited is an Asian retail company with its legal base in Bermuda. A member of the Jardine Matheson Group, it is a major pan-Asian retailer involved in the ...more
Eason & SonAdvertising, Information technology, Wholesale Eason & Son is a group involved in the wholesale, distribution and retail of books, newspapers, magazines, stationery and cards on the island of Ireland. The chain of 34 retail and 16 ...more
Edison InternationalElectric Services Edison International is a public utility holding company based in Rosemead, California. Its subsidiaries include Southern California Edison, and un-regulated non-utility business assets Edison ...more
Erdinger The Privatbrauerei Erdinger Weißbräu Werner Brombach GmbH is a brewery in Erding, Germany. Its best-known products are its namesake Weißbiers.
Goerz C. P. Goerz was founded in 1886 by Carl Paul Goerz. Originally, it made geometrical drawing instruments for schools. From 1888 it made cameras and lenses. During the First World War, Goerz's ...more
IrmaRetail Irma A/S is a Danish supermarket chain, part of the Coop Danmark group. It was founded in 1886 by Carl Schepler, as a small grocery store selling eggs in Ravnsborggade in Nørrebro, ...more
Johnson & JohnsonSoap, Pharmaceutical Preparation, Health Care Johnson & Johnson is an American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886. Its common stock is a component of the Dow Jones ...more
Kelley Island Lime & Transport Company Formed in 1886 on the Lake Erie Island of Kelley's Island, Ohio, the Kelley Island Lime & Transport Company was also known by its initials, KIL&T. It was once the world's largest ...more
Leo S. Olschki Editore Leo S. Olschki Editore is a publishing house of Florence, Italy. It was founded in 1886 and is among the country's oldest publishers of critical work in the humanities.
MLC LimitedFinancial Services MLC is National Australia Bank's wealth management partner providing investment, superannuation, insurance and financial advice to corporate, institutional and retail customers.
Omaha and Council Bluffs Railway and Bridge CompanyPublic transport The Omaha and Council Bluffs Railway and Bridge Company, known as O&CB, was incorporated in 1886 in order to connect Omaha, Nebraska with Council Bluffs, Iowa over the Missouri River. With a ...more
Penton MediaPublishing, Business-to-business Penton is an information services and marketing company. The company's three largest revenue streams come from events, digital and marketing services. Although Penton had a long history as a ...more
Dex OneResearch and development Dex One Corporation was an American marketing company providing online, mobile and print search marketing via their DexKnows.com website, print yellow pages directories and pay-per-click ad ...more
S. C. Johnson & SonManufacturing, Fast-moving consumer goods S.C. Johnson & Son, previously known as S. C. Johnson Wax, is an American privately held, global manufacturer of household cleaning supplies and other consumer chemicals based in Racine, ...more
The BOC GroupIndustrial Gases The BOC Group plc was the official name of the multinational industrial gas and British based company more commonly known as BOC, and now a part of the Linde Group. In September 2004, BOC had ...more
General Electric Company plcEngineering The General Electric Company or GEC was a major British-based industrial conglomerate, involved in consumer and defence electronics, communications and engineering. The company was once a ...more
The Wharf (Holdings)Conglomerate The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, or Wharf in short, is a company founded in 1886 in Hong Kong. As its name suggests, the company's original business was in running wharfage and dockside ...more
Upjohn The Upjohn Company was a pharmaceutical manufacturing firm founded in 1886 in Kalamazoo, Michigan by Dr. William E. Upjohn, an 1875 graduate of the University of Michigan medical school. The ...more
Westinghouse Electric CompanyNuclear power Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is a US based nuclear power company offering nuclear products and services to utilities internationally, including nuclear fuel, service and maintenance, ...more
William Grant & Sons William Grant & Sons Ltd. is an independent, family-owned Scottish company which distills Scotch whisky and other selected categories of spirits. It was established in 1887 by William Grant, ...more