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Companies Founded in 1940

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1940; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
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    Air New Zealand Limited is the national airline and flag carrier of New Zealand. Based in Auckland, the airline operates scheduled passenger flights to 25 domestic and 26 international destinations...  more
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    Arkhangelsky Design Bureau was a short-lived Soviet military aircraft design bureau headed by Alexander Arkhangelsky. Formerly working for Andrei Tupolev, Arkhangelsky was assigned his own bureau in...  more
  • 3
    Associated Food Stores is an American retailers cooperative that supplies about 500 independently owned retail supermarkets throughout Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Nevada and...  more
  • 4

    Bi-Rite Market

    Bi-Rite Market is a grocery store in San Francisco, California owned and operated by chef Sam Mogannam, who had previously worked at Jardinière in SF. He and his brother Raphael took over the grocery...  more
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    BWIA West Indies Airways Limited, known locally as "Bee-wee", was the national airline based in Trinidad and Tobago. BWIA was, at the end of its operations, the largest airline operating out of the...  more
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    Certified Grocers Midwest

    Certified Grocers Midwest was a retailers' cooperative serving independent supermarkets in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It was founded in 1940 and was a member of...  more
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    Chaika watches

    Chaika watches are a women's brand made in the Soviet Union and Russia. The factory making Chaika watches was founded in 1940 as Volga in the city of Uglich for the production of precision technical...  more
  • 8

    El Corte Inglés

    El Corte Inglés S.A., headquartered in Madrid, is the biggest department store group in Europe and ranks fourth worldwide. El Corte Inglés is Spain's only remaining department store chain, as well as...  more
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    Supermarket, Retail
    Kesko Corporation is a Finnish retailing conglomerate with its head office in Katajanokka, Helsinki. It is engaged in the food trade, the home and specialty goods trade, the building and home...  more
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    Koch Industries

    Petroleum industry, Chemical industry
    Koch Industries, Inc. is an American multinational corporation based in Wichita, Kansas, United States, with subsidiaries involved in manufacturing, trading, and investments. Koch also owns Invista,...  more
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    LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado is an airline based in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. It is a state owned airline operated by the Argentine Air Force and providing domestic scheduled services mainly...  more
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    Lam Eng Rubber

    Lam Eng Rubber Factory Sdn. Bhd. is a Malaysian manufacturer of natural rubber. The principal activities of the Company consist of processing and manufacturing of rubber and transportation...  more
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    Malaysian Nature Society is the oldest and one of the most prominent environmental not for profit, non-governmental organisations in Malaysia. It was first established, as the Malayan Nature Society,...  more
  • 14

    Michael Baker Corporation

    Management Services, Engineering
  • 15

    Michigan National Bank

    Financial Services
    Michigan National Bank was a bank founded in Lansing, Michigan, which was established on 31 December 1940 when Howard J Stoddard consolidated six Michigan banks: First National Bank and Trust Company...  more
  • 16

    MoneyGram International, Inc.

    Financial Services, Business Services
    MoneyGram International Inc. is a money transfer company based in the United States with headquarters in Dallas, Texas. It has an operation center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota and regional and local...  more
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    Steelmaking, Steel Works
    Nucor Corporation is a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. It is the second largest steel producer in the United States, and the largest of the "mini-mill"...  more
  • 18

    Piasecki Helicopter

    Piasecki Helicopter Corporation was a designer and manufacturer of helicopters located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and nearby Morton, Pennsylvania, in the late 1940s and the 1950s. Its founder,...  more
  • 19

    Polly Peck

    Textile industry, Electronics industry
    Polly Peck International was a small British textile company which expanded rapidly in the 1980s and became a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index before collapsing in 1990 with debts of £1.3bn,...  more
  • 20

    Screen Gems

    Motion Picture and Video Production, Film
    Screen Gems is an American film production company and division company of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group that has served several different purposes for its...  more
  • 21

    Stuttgart Trade Fair

    Messe Stuttgart is an exhibition centre and trade fair next to Stuttgart Airport, 7 miles south of Stuttgart, Germany. It is the ninth biggest trade fair in Germany. The new exhibition grounds, which...  more
  • 22


    Vitasoy is a brand of beverages and desserts in Hong Kong. Founded in 1940, it now operates under the Vitasoy International Holdings Limited. Its headquarters are in Tuen Mun, New...  more