List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1912; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
AircoAviation The Aircraft Manufacturing Company Limited was a British aircraft manufacturer operating from 1912 to 1920. Airco produced thousands of aircraft for the British military during the First World ...more
Bank of ChinaFinancial Services Bank of China Limited is one of the 5 biggest state-owned commercial banks in the People's Republic of China. It was founded in 1912 by the Republican government to replace the Imperial Bank of ...more
BMO Nesbitt Burns BMO Nesbitt Burns is a part of BMO Financial Group. It's a full-service investment firm with approximately 1,300 Investment Advisors at 70 branches across Canada. The origins of BMO Nesbitt ...more
Budd Company The Budd Company was a 20th-century metal fabricator, a major supplier of body components to the automobile industry and a manufacturer of stainless steel passenger rail cars. Budd was founded ...more
Chambers stoveHome appliance The Chambers stove is a generic name for several different kitchen cooking appliances sold under the Chambers brand name from 1912 to approximately 1988. Their ranges and stand-alone ovens were ...more
Diamond Foods Diamond Foods is an American packaged food company based in Stockton, California specializing in marketing nuts, particularly walnuts. Its brands include Kettle Brand chips, Emerald snack nuts, ...more
DQEElectric Services, Utility Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. is an energy services holding company formed in 1989 to serve as the holding company for Duquesne Light Company and to engage in certain unregulated energy and ...more
Famous Players Film CompanyFilm The Famous Players Film Company or Celebrated Players was founded in 1912 by Adolph Zukor in partnership with the Frohman brothers, the powerful New York City theatre impresarios. The company ...more
Fresenius SEHealth Care Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA is a diversified health care company based in Bad Homburg, Germany. The Fresenius Group provides products and services for dialysis, hospitals as well as inpatient ...more
Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen Flugzeugbau Friedrichshafen GmbH was a German aircraft manufacturing company. It was founded in 1912 in Friedrichshafen, Germany by Theodor Kober who had previously worked for the Zeppelin ...more
Graceba Total CommunicationsTelecommunications, Cable television Graceba Total Communications was an American company that provided cable TV and broadband Internet service to Houston County, Alabama.
Grupo TampicoTourism, Professional, Scientific Grupo Tampico is one of the largest companies in northeastern Mexico. It is located in Tampico, Tamaulipas. Grupo Tampico's main products are Coca-Cola, automobiles and tourism services.
Hercules Inc.Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing, Chemistry Hercules, Inc., was a chemical and munitions manufacturing company based in Wilmington, Delaware, which was formed as the Hercules Powder Company. Hercules Powder Company was formed in 1882 by ...more
HolcimMining Holcim is a Swiss-based global building materials and aggregates company. Founded in 1912, the company expanded into France and then throughout Europe and Middle East during the 1920s. They ...more
Illinois Tool WorksManufacturing, Air and Gas Compressor Manufacturing, Speed Changer Illinois Tool Works Inc. or ITW is an American Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products. It was founded in ...more
Indonesia Stock Exchange Jakarta Stock Exchange or in Indonesian Bursa Efek Jakarta was a stock exchange based in Jakarta, Indonesia, before it merged with the Surabaya Stock Exchange to form the Indonesian Stock
KoppersLumber industry, Wood Preservation Koppers is a global chemical and materials company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States in an art-deco 1920s skyscraper, the Koppers Tower.
L.L.BeanRetail L.L.Bean, Inc., branded as L.L.Bean, is an American privately held mail-order, online, and retail company founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean and currently based in Freeport, Maine, United ...more
Liberty MutualInsurance Carriers Liberty Mutual Group, more commonly known by the name of its primary line of business, Liberty Mutual Insurance, is an American diversified global insurer and the third-largest property and ...more
Lockheed CorporationAerospace The Lockheed Corporation was an American aerospace company. Lockheed was founded in 1912 and later merged with Martin Marietta to form Lockheed Martin in 1995.
Nesbitt, Thomson and Company Nesbitt Thomson and Company is a former Canadian stock brokerage firm founded in 1912 by Arthur J. Nesbitt and Peter A. T. Thomson. The company was headquartered on St. James Street in Montreal, ...more
Rapid transit operations of the BRT and BMT Starting in 1899, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company and Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation operated rapid transit lines in New York City — at first only elevated railways and later also ...more
NidarFood Manufacturing, Manufacturing Nidar is a Norwegian producer and distributor of confectionery. Nidar's candy factory is located in Trondheim, Norway. It is part of the Orkla Group. The company is one of the leading ...more
NikkatsuFilm The Nikkatsu Corporation is a Japanese entertainment company known for its film and television productions. It is Japan's oldest major movie studio. The name Nikkatsu amalgamates the words ...more
NiSourcePublic utility, Energy industry NiSource, Inc., based in Merrillville, Indiana, is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and ...more
Ostrow Textile Company The Ostrow Textile Company was founded in 1912 in New York City. It moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1963 and to Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1968. It finally went bankrupt in 2005.The ...more
Paramount PicturesMotion Picture and Video Production, Film Paramount Pictures Corporation is a film studio, television production company and motion picture distributor, consistently ranked as one of the "Big Six" film studios of Hollywood. It ...more
Pravda Pravda is a Russian political newspaper associated with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The newspaper began publication in 1912 and emerged as a leading newspaper of the Soviet ...more
Roman Meal Roman Meal is an American bread company in Tacoma, Washington. Founded there in 1912, the company focuses on whole-grain products, including bread, hot cereal, and snack bars.
SixtCar rental Sixt is an international car rental company with over 2,000 locations spread over 100 different countries. Sixt is currently the 5th largest car rental company in the world, maintaining a car ...more
SteelcaseFurniture, Manufacturing, Office Furniture (except Wood) Manufacturing Steelcase is a United States-based furniture company founded in 1912 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company produces office furniture, architectural and technology products for office ...more
Suva The Suva, headquartered in Lucerne, is a public sector insurer and leading provider of health care coverage for employees in case of accidents in Switzerland. The name is the abbreviation of ...more
T J HughesRetail T J Hughes is a British discount department store brand which first emerged in Liverpool in 1925 and had become a national chain with 57 shops by 2011. The business now consists of 12 shops ...more
Union Bank of SwitzerlandFinancial Services, Investment Union Bank of Switzerland was a large integrated financial services company located in Switzerland. The bank, which at the time was the second largest bank in Switzerland, merged with Swiss Bank ...more
Unión FenosaEnergy Unión Fenosa, S.A. was a large Spanish company dedicated to the production and distribution to end users of gas and electricity. It installed capacity of 11,120 megawatts of power and 8.9 ...more
YITConstruction, New Single-Family Housing Construction (except Operative Builders), General Contractors-Single-Family Houses YIT Oyj is a diversified Finnish-based company, headquartered in Helsinki, which provides a range of services, mainly to other businesses. YIT's operations span three main business divisions: ...more
Yoshimoto Kogyo Yoshimoto Kogyo Co., Ltd. is a major Japanese entertainment conglomerate, with its headquarters based in Osaka. It was founded in 1912 as a traditional theatre, and has since grown to be one of ...more