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Companies Founded in 1900

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1900; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
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    AK Steel Holding Corporation

    Steelmaking, Steel Works
    AK Steel Holding Corporation is an American steel company whose predecessor, Armco, was founded in 1899 in Middletown, Ohio, United States. In 2007, the company moved its corporate headquarters from...  more
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    American Bridge Company

    Civil Engineering
    The American Bridge Company is a civil engineering firm that specializes in building and renovating bridges and other large civil engineering projects. Founded in 1900, the company is headquartered...  more
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    American Light and Traction

    American Light and Traction was founded in 1900 for the purpose for consolidating the utility industry's small, local power suppliers. By 1901, American Light and Traction owned and controlled over...  more
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    AT&T Alascom

    Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone
    Alascom, Inc., d/b/a AT&T Alaska, is an Alaskan telecommunications company; specifically, an interexchange carrier. AT&T Alascom is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc. AT&T Alascom,...  more
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    Austin Reed

    Austin Reed is a British fashion retailer founded in 1900 and known for its menswear. It is an upmarket chain with over 70 retail outlets, with a large flagship store located on Regent Street,...  more
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    Beaulieu Vineyard

    Beaulieu Vineyard is a vineyard near Rutherford, California, belonging to the appellation Rutherford AVA. It was established by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande in 1900....  more
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    Block Communications

    Media, Newspaper
    Block Communications is a privately held holding company of various assets, mainly in the print and broadcast media, based in Toledo, Ohio. The company was founded in 1900 in New York City when Paul...  more
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    Blue Circle Industries

    Blue Circle Industries was a British public company manufacturing cement. It was founded in 1900 as the Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Ltd through the fusion of 24 cement works, mostly...  more
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    Automotive industry
    Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were...  more
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    Burton is a large United Kingdom high street clothing retailer. The company was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but is now a trading name of Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, part of the Arcadia...  more
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    Cantillon Brewery

    Alcoholic beverage
    Brasserie-Brouwerij Cantillon is a small Belgian traditional family brewery based in Anderlecht, Brussels and founded in 1900. They exclusively brew lambic beers....  more
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    Carter Holt Harvey

    Carter Holt Harvey Limited is an New Zealand forest products company, with significant interests in wood products, pulp, paper and packaging. The company employs approximately 10,500 people across...  more
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    Centel Corporation was an American telecommunications company, with primary interests in providing basic telephone service, cellular phone service and cable television service. It was founded in 1900...  more
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    Central Scientific Company

    Central Scientific Company was founded in 1900 in downtown Chicago. It was formed out of what was left of the Olmstad Scientific Company. Central Scientific manufactured and distributed science...  more
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    Coleman Company

    Sports equipment, Manufacturing
    Coleman Company, Inc., is an American company that specializes in outdoor recreation products. Historically, Coleman is known for camping gear. It was founded by William Coffin Coleman, who began...  more
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    DISA Group

    Machinery Manufacturing
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    Foley’s was a chain of department stores owned by May Department Stores and headquartered in Downtown Houston, Texas. As of August 30, 2005, the division was dissolved and operation of the stores was...  more
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    Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas

    Civil Engineering, Construction
    Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A., or FCC, is a leading Spanish construction company based in Barcelona. It is publicly traded and is part of the IBEX 35. Until November 2014 over 50% of...  more
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    Fox River Mills

    Fox River Mills, Inc., is a sock manufacturer based in Osage, Iowa. The company was founded in 1900. In 1992, they purchased the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois, and in the process...  more
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    Graniterock is a 115-year old American corporation based in Watsonville, California. It operates in the construction industry providing crushed gravel, sand, concrete and asphalt. The company won the...  more
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    GUS plc was a FTSE 100 retailing group based in the United Kingdom. GUS is an abbreviation of Great Universal Stores, the company's name before 2001. On 10 October 2006, the company was split into...  more
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    Professional, Scientific
    Hagemeyer was a business-to-business distribution services group focusing on the markets for electrical materials, safety and other maintenance, repair and operations products in Europe, North...  more
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    Hills Brothers Coffee

    Roasted Coffee
    Hills Bros. Coffee is a maker of packaged coffee in San Francisco....  more
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    Hook's Drug Stores

    Hook's Drug Stores was an Indianapolis, Indiana-based drug store chain which was founded in 1900 by John A. Hook. The chain flourished throughout central Indiana for most of the 20th-century before...  more
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    Ivey's, a former department store chain, was acquired by Dillard's, Inc. in 1990. Ivey's was based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was founded in 1900 by Joseph Benjamin Ivey....  more