List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1889; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
Acklands Grainger Acklands-Grainger is Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products.
AmocoPetroleum industry Amoco Corporation, originally Standard Oil Company, was a global chemical and oil company that was founded in 1889 around a refinery located in Whiting, Indiana, United States. It later absorbed ...more
Asahi BreweriesMalt Beverages, Flour Milling and Malt Manufacturing, Beverage industry Asahi Breweries, Ltd. is a leading brewery and soft drink company based in Tokyo, Japan. As of January 2014, Asahi, with a 38% market share, was the largest of the four major beer producers in ...more
BostikAdhesive Manufacturing Bostik is an international adhesives company formerly a subsidiary of the French company Arkema, headquartered at Paris. The company was created as Bostik Findley in 2001 after the merger of ...more
Brown Brothers Milawa VineyardWineries Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard is a family-owned wine company based in Milawa, Victoria, Australia. Brown Brothers was founded in 1889 by John Francis Brown and continues to be owned and ...more
C. A. Parsons and CompanyEngineering C. A. Parsons and Company was a British engineering firm which was once one of the largest employers on Tyneside. The company became Reyrolle Parsons in 1968, merged with Clarke Chapman to form ...more
Carhartt Carhartt, Inc., is a U.S.-based clothing company founded in 1889 that focuses on work clothes. It is still a family-owned company, owned by the descendants of company founder Hamilton Carhartt, ...more
Charter InternationalEngineering Charter International plc was a large British engineering business based in London. It was acquired by Colfax Corporation in January 2012.
Conrad Schmitt Studios Conrad Schmitt Studios is an architectural arts studio located in New Berlin, Wisconsin. It provides ecclesiastical art, stained glass artistry, art glass, decorative painting, mosaics, murals ...more
Dampskibsselskabet Torm A/S Dampskibsselskabet TORM or TORM, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a shipping company that owns and operates product tankers and bulk carriers. TORM's company's tankers carry refined oil ...more
Doxa S.A.Manufacturing Doxa S.A. is a Swiss company, founded in 1889, that manufactures watches. Doxa is best known for its diving watches.
FN HerstalArms industry, Arms Manufacturers Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal — self identified as FN Herstal and often referred to as Fabrique Nationale or simply FN — is a leading firearms manufacturer located in Herstal, Belgium, owned by ...more
FreiaFood Manufacturing Freia is a Norwegian chocolate candy manufacturing company. The company is famous for Freia Melkesjokolade and Kvikk Lunsj, as well as for other candy and dessert products.
HDB/Cram and Ferguson Hoyle, Doran & Berry, Inc., also known as HDB/Cram and Ferguson, was the successor firm to the original partnership of Ralph Adams Cram, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, and Frank Ferguson, their ...more
HSBC Bank Middle EastFinancial Services HSBC Bank Middle East Limited is the largest and most widely represented international bank in the Middle East. The bank has received several awards in various categories.
IBMComputer Integrated Systems Design, Software, Computer hardware The International Business Machines Corporation is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York. IBM manufactures and markets computer ...more
International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing International Flavors & Fragrances is a major producer of flavors and fragrances with sales of $2.78 billion in 2011. Major competitors include Firmenich, Givaudan, and Symrise. IFF is a ...more
Kistefos Kistefos is a privately owned investment company owned by Christen Sveaas and led by CEO Tom Ruud. The company comprises wholly owned and part-owned industrial companies within offshore, ...more
LeeClothing Lee is an American brand of denim jeans, first produced in 1889 in Salina, Kansas. The company is owned by VF Corporation, the largest apparel company in the world. Its headquarters is currently ...more
Lenox Lenox is an American company that sells tabletop, giftware and collectible products sold under the Lenox, Dansk and Gorham brands. They are the only major manufacturer of bone china in the ...more
Liverpool, St Helens and South Lancashire Railway The Liverpool, St Helens and South Lancashire Railway, was formed in 1889, but no services ran until 1895 and then only freight. Passenger services did not start until 1900. It incorporated the ...more
Maison de Bonneterie Maison de Bonneterie operated two high-end fashion department stores in the Netherlands, in Amsterdam and The Hague. Smaller branches in Laren and Heemstede have existed too. The Amsterdam store ...more
Mentholatum The Mentholatum Company, Inc., founded in 1889 by Albert Alexander Hyde, is an American maker of non-prescription health care products. It was bought out by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., a Japanese ...more
Merck & Co.Pharmaceutical Preparation, Pharmaceutical industry Merck & Co., Inc., d.b.a. Merck Sharp & Dohme outside the United States and Canada, is an American pharmaceutical company and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. ...more
Methuen Publishing Methuen Publishing Ltd is a British publishing house. It was founded in 1889 by Sir Algernon Methuen and began publishing in London in 1892. Initially Methuen mainly published non-fiction ...more
Modell'sRetail Modell's is a sporting goods retailer with locations in the Northeastern United States. Modell's carries both sporting goods and related apparel. Modell's currently has more than 140 retail ...more
NHST Media GroupMass media Norges Handels og Sjøfartstidende AS or NHST Media Group is a Norwegian media conglomerate that publishes a number of newspapers and online tools. The company dates back to 1889 when it ...more
Northern TrustState Commercial Banks, Financial Services The Northern Trust Corporation is an American international financial services company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It provides investment management, asset and fund administration, ...more
Ontario Knife Company Ontario Knife Company, also known as OKC, is an American manufacturer of knives and other edged tools.
PaulRestaurant Paul is a French chain of Bakery/Café restaurants established in 1889 in the city of Croix, in Northern France, by Charlemagne Mayot. It specializes in serving French products including ...more
Paul Pietzschke Paul Pietzschke, or Paul Pietzschke NautiChem, is a German corporation that produces sealants, coatings and lubricants for shipbuilding. Its main office is in Norderstedt, North Germany. It was ...more
Puch Puch is a manufacturing company located in Graz, Austria. The company was founded in 1889 by the industrialist Johann Puch and produced automobiles, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles.
Sanoma OyjMass media, Media Sanoma Oyj is a leading media group in the Nordic countries with operations in over 10 European countries, based in Helsinki. The group is also among the top five European magazine publishers ...more
Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis is a switching and terminal railroad owned by railroads in St. Louis, Missouri which handles traffic through its metropolitan area.
HSBC Bank BermudaFinancial Services HSBC Bank Bermuda Limited, formerly known as The Bank of Bermuda Limited, is a financial services company in Bermuda providing fund administration, trust, custody, asset management and banking ...more
W. R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of traditional pocket knives, fixed blades/sporting knives, limited edition commemoratives and collectibles. The company ...more
Washington MutualSavings Institutions, Federally Chartered, Finance Washington Mutual, Inc., abbreviated to WaMu, was a savings bank holding company and the former owner of Washington Mutual Bank, which was the United States' largest savings and loan association ...more