List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1945; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & FeldLaw Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is an American international law firm whose largest office is in Washington, D.C. The firm was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1945 by Robert Strauss and ...more
AlconSurgical and Medical Instruments and Apparatus, Biotechnology, Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing Alcon incorporated and with corporate headquarters, in Hünenberg, Switzerland, is a global medical company specializing in eye care products. Alcon's U.S. headquarters are located in Fort ...more
Alta Dena Alta Dena, founded in 1945, is a dairy located in the City of Industry, California.
ApriliaMotorcycles, Bicycles, and Parts Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle company, one of the marques owned by Piaggio. Having started as a manufacturer of scooters and small-capacity motorcycles, in more recent times Aprilia has ...more
Ashley Furniture IndustriesManufacturing Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. is a furniture manufacturing company headquartered in Arcadia, Wisconsin. The company is owned by father and son team Ron and Todd Wanek. Ashley Furniture ...more
Athletic Model GuildMotion Picture and Video Production The Athletic Model Guild, or AMG, was founded by Bob Mizer in December 1945. During those post-war years, United States censorship laws allowed women, but not men, to appear in various states of ...more
AviatecaAirline Avianca Guatemala is headquartered in Guatemala City. It is now a subsidiary of Avianca.
AVM ProductionsFilm industry, Film, Television AVM Productions is an Indian film production studio. It is the oldest surviving studio in India. The filming studios are located in Vadapalani, Chennai. It has produced over 170 films in Tamil, ...more
Bajaj AutoAutomotive industry Bajaj Auto Limited is an Indian two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturing company. Bajaj Auto manufactures and sells motorcycles, scooters and auto rickshaws. Bajaj Auto is a part of the Bajaj ...more
Banco ItaúFinancial Services Banco Itaú was a former Brazilian bank that merged with Unibanco on November 4, 2008, to form Itaú Unibanco.
Bantam BooksPublishing Bantam Books is an American publishing house owned entirely by parent company Random House, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House; it is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group. It was ...more
Beacon Communications CorporationNewspaper Beacon Communications Corp. was a newspaper publisher in Acton, Massachusetts, USA, operating a dozen weekly newspapers as well as daily newspapers in Hudson and Marlborough, Massachusetts. It ...more
Blizzard Sport Blizzard Sport GmbH is an Austrian alpine ski manufacturer based in Mittersill, Salzburg, Austria.
BrioniFashion, Clothing Brioni is an Italian high-end fashion house founded in 1945. It specializes in the sale of handmade men's suits. Kering acquired the company in 2011; Kering's brands include Gucci, Yves Saint ...more
Bristol CarsAutomotive industry Bristol Cars Limited is a manufacturer of hand-built luxury cars headquartered in Kensington, London, United Kingdom. Bristol Cars is the last remaining descendant of the Bristol Aeroplane ...more
Cantor FitzgeraldInvestment banking, Investment Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. is a financial services firm. Founded in 1945, Cantor is a capital markets investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients. The firm specialises in ...more
CélineFashion Céline is a French ready-to-wear and leather goods luxury brand that has been owned by LVMH group since 1996. It was founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana. The headquarters are located ...more
CHUM LimitedMedia CHUM Limited was a media company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from 1945 to 2007. Immediately prior to its acquisition, it held full or joint control of two Canadian television systems — ...more
Coit Cleaners Coit Services is a California based specialty cleaning company founded in 1945 by Joe Kearn near the Coit Tower in San Francisco, California.
Constellation BrandsBeverages Constellation Brands, Inc., of Victor, New York, is a publicly traded drinks company with brands in wine, beer and spirits.
CIÉTransportation Córas Iompair Éireann, or CIÉ, is a statutory corporation of the Republic of Ireland, answerable to the Irish Government and responsible for most public transport in the ...more
Cox Models Cox Models, a former division of Estes Industries of Penrose, Colorado, was a multimillion-dollar hobby company, is one of the hobby industry's oldest companies and is noted for its production ...more
Crown Equipment Corporation A privately held, family-owned U.S. company, Crown Equipment Corporation is the fifth largest manufacturer of powered industrial forklift trucks in the world. Crown had $2.4 billion in worldwide ...more
DDOR Novi SadFinancial Services DDOR Novi Sad is one of the largest insurance companies in Serbia, offering auto, home, commercial and life insurance. Its head office is located in Novi Sad.
Eesti Energia KaevandusedMining Eesti Energia Kaevandused is a mining subsidiary of Eesti Energia, an Estonian state-owned energy company. The core activity of Eesti Energia Kaevandused is oil-shale mining in the north-east of ...more
Elfa AB Swedish company ELFA, which distributes electronics components, instruments, tools, and books to business and private customers, was founded in 1945 by Arne Lydmar and Nils "Nisse" ...more
EppendorfBiotechnology Eppendorf, a company with its registered office in Germany, develops, produces and sells products and services for laboratories around the world. Eppendorf products are used in academic and ...more
Ethiopian AirlinesAirline Ethiopian Airlines, formerly Ethiopian Air Lines and often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is Ethiopia 's flag carrier and is wholly owned by the country's government. EAL was founded on 21 ...more
Fisher ElectronicsElectronics industry Fisher Electronics was a United States-based subsidiary company of Japanese electronics conglomerate Sanyo specialising in the field of hi-fi electronics.
Isavia Isavia ohf. is the national airport and air navigation service provider of Iceland. The company operates all public airports and air navigation services in a vast area in the north-eastern ...more
Flying Tiger LineAirline Flying Tiger Line, also known as Flying Tigers, was the first scheduled cargo airline in the United States and a major military charter operator during the Cold War era for both cargo and ...more
Georgia Power Company Georgia Power is an electric utility headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It was established as the Georgia Railway and Power Company and began operations in 1902 running streetcars ...more
Grenda's Bus Service Grenda's Bus Services is a bus and coach operator in Melbourne, Australia. As a Melbourne bus company, it operates 23 bus routes under contract to the Government of Victoria.
Grupo BimboFood processing Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V. is the largest Mexican-owned baking company, with operations in the Americas, Asia and Europe. In 2013 generated US$ 13.785 billion in sales. Since 1980, Grupo Bimbo ...more
Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & YogurtIce cream Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt is a popular ice cream company franchise founded by Alice Handel in 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio. The company operates thirty-seven corporate and franchise ...more
Helsinki City Transport Helsinki City Transport or HKL is the official city-owned public transport company in Helsinki, Finland. It operates the Helsinki metro, Helsinki tram and ferry boat traffic. Its bus operations ...more
Hibbett SportsBookstore, Hobby, Toy Hibbett Sports, Inc. is a publicly traded holding company for Hibbett Sporting Goods, a full line sporting goods retailer. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company has over 832 ...more
Ivchenko-ProgressAerospace Ivchenko-Progress ZMKB, formerly OKB-478 and Ivchenko Lotarev, is a state design bureau for aircraft engines in Zaporizhia, Ukraine whose products are widely used in both civil and military ...more
JCBManufacturing J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited, universally known as JCB, is a British multinational corporation, with headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, manufacturing equipment for construction, ...more
Johnsonville FoodsFood processing Johnsonville Sausage is a sausage company headquartered in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Founded in 1945, it is one of the largest sausage producers in the United States and the largest sausage ...more
Yugoslav RailwaysRail transport Yugoslav Railways, with standard acronym JŽ, was the state railway company of Yugoslavia, operational from the 1920s to the 1990s.
Kaiser PermanenteHealth Care Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland, California, United States, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney Garfield. Kaiser ...more
Kaman AircraftAerospace Kaman Aerospace is a U.S. aerospace company, with headquarters in Bloomfield, Connecticut. It was founded in 1945 by Charles Kaman. During the first ten years the company operated exclusively as ...more
KD AviaAirline KD Avia, sometimes called Kaliningrad Avia, was an airline based in Kaliningrad, Russia. It operated scheduled services within Russia, CIS and Europe. Its main base was Khrabrovo Airport,
London DrugsRetail London Drugs is a chain of Canadian retail stores with headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia. Its primary focus is on pharmaceuticals, electronics, housewares and cosmetics, with a limited ...more
Mahindra & MahindraAutomotive industry Mahindra & Mahindra Limited is an Indian multinational automobile manufacturing corporation headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is one of the largest vehicle manufacturers by ...more
MattelVideo game, Doll and Stuffed Toy Manufacturing, Toy Mattel, Inc. is an American toy manufacturing company founded in 1945 with headquarters in El Segundo, California. In 2014, it ranked #403 on the Fortune 500. The products and brands it produces ...more
Middle East AirlinesAirline Middle East Airlines – Air Liban S.A.L., more commonly known as Middle East Airlines, is the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, with its head office in Beirut, near Beirut Rafic Hariri ...more
Minute Maid Minute Maid is a product line of beverages, usually associated with lemonade or orange juice, but now extends to soft drinks of many kinds, including Hi-C. Minute Maid is sold under Cappy brand ...more