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Companies Founded in 1917

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1917; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
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    Consumer electronics
    Alba is a British consumer electronics brand owned by Home Retail Group. Its sister brand is Bush. Today, all Alba products are sold exclusively at Argos....  more
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    American Stores

    American Stores Company was an American public corporation and a holding company which ran chains of supermarkets and drugstores in the United States from 1917 through 1999. The company was...  more
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    Anglo American plc is a multinational mining company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's largest producer of platinum, with around 40% of world output, and a major producer of...  more
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    The Arri Group is the largest global supplier of motion picture film equipment....  more
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    Retail, Bookstore
    Books-A-Million, Inc., also known as BAM!, is a company that owns the second largest U.S. bookstore chain and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The company operates over 200 stores in the...  more
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    Brødrene Hartmann

    Brødrene Hartmann A/S is a Danish public corporation which poduces moulded-fibre egg packaging. Hartmann is headquartered in Denmark, and has six factories, four in Europe, one in Israel and one in...  more
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    Capital Newspapers

    Capital Newspapers is a partnership between Lee Enterprises and The Capital Times Company that operates 27 publications and several web sites in Wisconsin. The corporate name of the company is...  more
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    Central Grocers Cooperative

    Central Grocers Cooperative, founded in 1917 as "Central Wholesale Grocers", is a retailers' cooperative based in Joliet, Illinois, near Chicago. It distributes both brand name and private label...  more
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    Chalk's International Airlines

    Chalk's International Airlines, formerly Chalk's Ocean Airways, was an airline with its headquarters on the grounds of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in unincorporated Broward...  more
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    Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka

    Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC is a diversified Sri Lankan conglomerate listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of US$300 Million. It was one of the first Sri Lankan...  more
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    Fellowes, Brands is a manufacturer of office products including paper shredders, binding and laminating equipment, desktop accessories, mobile technology accessories, and record storage boxes....  more
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    First National was an association of independent theater owners in the United States that expanded from exhibiting movies to distributing them and eventually to producing them as a movie studio...  more
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    Flender Werke

    Flender Werke was a German shipbuilding company, located in Lübeck. It was founded in 1917 as a branch of Brückenbau Flender AG of Benrath on the Rhine. In 1926 it was made a fully independent...  more
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    G&L Clothing

    G&L Clothing is a privately held clothing store based in Des Moines, Iowa. It was founded in 1917 by Lou Garsh and Meyer Levine. The company is owned by the Marcovis family who maintain daily...  more
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    Gloster Aircraft Company

    The Gloster Aircraft Company was a British aircraft manufacturer from 1917 to 1963. Founded as The Gloucestershire Aircraft Company Limited during the First World War, with the aircraft construction...  more
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    Grey Global Group

    Advertising, Marketing
    Grey Group New York is a 2011 Telly Award Winner....  more
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    Grupo Corripio

    Grupo Corripio is a private holding company which is considered among the most successful enterprises operating in the Dominican Republic, owning a controlling interest in several companies across a...  more
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    Hogarth Press

    The Hogarth Press was a British publishing house founded in 1917 by Leonard Woolf and Virginia Woolf. It was named after their house in Richmond, in which they began hand-printing books. During the...  more
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    Kaye Scholer

    Kaye Scholer is a law firm founded in 1917 by Benjamin Kaye and Jacob Scholer. The firm has more than 450 attorneys in nine offices located in the cities of Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles,...  more
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    Kidde, is a brand and division of United Technologies Corporation. It is a group of businesses that manufactures and distributes fire detection and suppression equipment, as well as CO Alarm units....  more
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    Kikkoman Corporation is an international food and drink company based in Japan. Its main products and services include soy sauce, food seasoning and flavoring, mirin, shōchū, and sake, juice and...  more
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    Lincoln Motor Company

    Automotive industry
    The Lincoln Motor Company is a division of the Ford Motor Company that sells luxury vehicles under the Lincoln brand. While currently sold primarily in North America and the Middle East, Ford has...  more

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    Consumer electronics
    Magnavox is an electronics company founded in the United States and owned today by Philips, a company based in the Netherlands. Magnavox was founded in 1917 by Edwin Pridham and Peter L. Jensen,...  more
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    Marland Oil Company

    Petroleum industry
    Marland Oil Company was an American oil company founded in 1917, by Ponca City, Oklahoma oil exploration pioneer E. W. Marland when he assembled his various holdings including the 101 Ranch Oil...  more
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    Modern Library

    The Modern Library is an American publishing company. Founded in 1917 by Albert Boni and Horace Liveright as an imprint of their publishing company Boni & Liveright, it was purchased in 1925 by...  more