List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1948; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
AmediaMass media, Media Amedia AS is one of the three largest media companies in Norway. The company is whole or partial owner of 50 local- and regional newspaper with online newspapers and printing presses, local TV ...more
Affiliated Foods SouthwestSupermarket, Retail Affiliated Foods Southwest was a retailers' cooperative serving independent supermarkets in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. It was founded in 1948 by C. E. ...more
Air LabradorAirline Labrador Airways Limited, operating as Air Labrador, is a regional airline based in Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It operates scheduled daily passenger and freight services ...more
AkbankFinancial Services Akbank is one of the largest banks in Turkey. Founded in 1948, it had revenues of nearly TL10bn in 2011. Listed on the Borsa Istanbul, its largest shareholders are members of the Sabancı family. ...more
AllerganPharmaceutical Preparation, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical industry Allergan, Inc., is an American worldwide pharmaceutical company, focusing on ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, dermatology, neuroscience, urology and cosmetics.
Alps ElectricElectronics industry Alps Electric Co., Ltd. is a multinational corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, producing electronic devices, including switches, potentiometers, sensors, encoders and touchpads. The ...more
American SignatureRetail, Manufacturing American Signature, Inc. is a privately owned furniture company based in Columbus, Ohio. It is the parent company of the retail brands Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture, and ...more
American State BankFinance American State Bank was a financial service company operating 37 locations in 21 communities across Texas, mainly in West Texas. American State Bank first opened on May 20, 1948 in Lubbock. ...more
Andrade GutierrezConglomerate Andrade Gutierrez is a Brazilian private multinational conglomerate headquartered in Belo Horizonte. The company was founded in 1948 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais by the Andrade and Gutierrez ...more
Anshan Iron & Steel Group CorporationManufacturing, Steelmaking Anshan Iron and Steel Group, the second-largest steel maker in China by output, focuses on producing high-end products such as electroplating, color-coated, and silicon flat steel products to ...more
Ashok LeylandAutomotive industry Ashok Leyland is an Indian automobile manufacturing company based in Chennai, India. Founded in 1948, it is the 2nd largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in India, 4th largest manufacturer of ...more
Atlas Van Lines Atlas Van Lines is an American moving company formed in 1948 by a group of local transfer and storage firms. As an agent-owned company it is similar in form to a cooperative. It has about 500 ...more
Aukra AutoTransportation Aukra Auto is a bus and truck operating company based in Aukra, Norway. The company has a monopoly on bus transport on the island Gossen and between it and Molde. The largest owner of the ...more
AVLAutomotive industry AVL, or Anstalt für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen List, is an Austrian-based automotive consulting firm as well as an independent research institute. It is the largest privately owned company ...more
BBN Technologies BBN Technologies was established as Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. in 1948. From its roots as an acoustical design consulting firm, to the implementation and operation of the ARPANET (the ...more
BelAZAutomotive industry BelAZ is a Belarusian manufacturer of haulage and earthmoving equipment based in Zhodzina. The factory opened its door in 1948 and has produced over 120,000 vehicles for use in the Soviet Union. ...more
Bölkow Bölkow was a German aircraft manufacturer based in Stuttgart, Germany, and later Ottobrunn.
Bowser Manufacturing Bowser Manufacturing is a United States manufacturer of model railroad equipment, located in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA. The company was founded in 1948 by Bill Bowser in California. Since ...more
Brasseries du Cameroun Les Sociétés Anonymes des Brasseries du Cameroun is a brewing company in Cameroon. Their offices and main factory are in Douala, with other breweries in Bafoussam, Douala, Garoua, ...more
Bushnell Corporation Bushnell Corporation, also known as Bushnell and Bushnell Outdoor Products, is an American company specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include binoculars, spotting scopes, ...more
ButanGas ButanGas is one of the largest liquefied petroleum gas distributor in Europe. Founded in Milan, Italy in 1948 by an Italian-Romanian entrepreneur, now the company has operations in Europe and ...more
China ResourcesConglomerate China Resources is a group of companies in a wide variety of businesses in Hong Kong and China. Some of its companies use the name in the form of the acronym CRC.
Coco's BakeryRestaurant, Bakery Coco's Bakery Restaurant is a chain of casual dining restaurants operating in the Western portion of the United States.
Companhia Brasileira de DistribuicaoRetail Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição trading as CBD is the biggest Brazilian company engaged in business retailing of food, general merchandise, electronic goods, home appliances ...more
Craig Wireless Systems Ltd Craig Wireless Systems, Ltd. is a Canadian company which offers Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service in Manitoba and British Columbia.
DiadoraSports equipment, Clothing, Sportswear Diadora is an Italian football, tennis, running, cycling, rugby, athletic shoe, clothing, and fashion accessory manufacturer with locations in Italy, the United States, and Hong Kong.
Dick's Sporting GoodsRetail, Bookstore, Hobby Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc., or Dick's, is a Fortune 500 American corporation in the sporting goods and retail industries headquartered in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Dick's has 610 stores in 46 ...more
Dillard'sDepartment store, Retail Dillard's, Inc. is an upscale department store chain in the United States, with 299 stores in 28 states. Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dillard's locations are concentrated in Texas and ...more
Eastern ElectricityEnergy Eastern Electricity plc was an electricity supply and distribution utility serving eastern England, including East Anglia and part of Greater London. It was renamed Eastern Group under which ...more
EI NišComputer, Electronics industry EI Niš, short for Electronic Industry Niš is a company with headquarters in Niš, Serbia. It originated in 1948 from the foundation of the Institute for the Production of Radio Sets and Roentgen ...more
Eicher MotorsAutomotive industry Eicher Motors Limited incorporated in 1982, is an Indian automaker company based in Gurgaon, India. Eicher Motors Limited is the flagship company of the Eicher Group, which was a catalyst in the ...more
El AlAirline El Al Israel Airlines Ltd, trading as El Al, is the flag carrier of Israel. Since its inaugural flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv in September 1948, the airline has grown to serve some 45 ...more
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ElanSports equipment Elan is a Slovenian company, located in Begunje na Gorenjskem, specializing in the production of sporting goods. It is best known for its skis and snowboards. Other products include sailboats ...more
Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting Co.Mass media, Media The Elyria-Lorain Broadcasting Co. is a privately held holding company of various assets in the broadcast media, based in Elyria, Ohio. Its parent company is the Lorain County Printing and ...more
Emerson RadioConsumer electronics, Household Audio and Video Equipment Emerson Radio Corporation is one of the United States’ largest volume consumer electronics distributors and has a recognized trademark in continuous use since 1912. The company designs, markets, ...more
Federal Employees' Distributing CompanyRetail Federal Employees' Distributing Company, known as Fedco, was a membership department store chain that operated in Southern California from 1948 to 1999.
FedMartRetail FedMart was a chain of discount department stores started by Sol Price, who later founded Price Club. His first location in San Diego, California was in a converted airport hangar. It was ...more
FinmeccanicaAerospace, Defense industry, Arms Manufacturers Finmeccanica S.p.A. is the leading industrial group in the high-technology sector in Italy and one of the main global players in aerospace, defence and security. It operates in seven sectors: ...more
Gerber Scientific, Inc.Special Industry Machinery, NEC Gerber Scientific Inc., located in Tolland, Connecticut, is the parent of companies that supply software and hardware systems for apparel and technical textiles, sign making and specialty ...more
German National Tourist BoardTourism The German National Tourist Board is a national marketing organisation and has worked with the Federal Government of Germany to promote tourism in and to Germany. It represents Germany ...more
Gnome PressPublishing Gnome Press was an American small-press publishing company primarily known for publishing many science fiction classics. The company was founded in 1948 by Martin Greenberg and David A. Kyle. ...more
Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) PakistanFood Manufacturing, Health Care Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan, is a private non-profit research laboratory famous for its Unani and ayurvedic medicine. Hamdard Dawakhana originated in undivided India in 1906. After the ...more
Heidenhain Dr. Johannes Heidenhain GmbH is a privately owned enterprise located in Traunreut, Germany that manufactures numerical controls for machine tools, as well as mechatronic measuring devices for ...more
Himalayan AviationAirline Himalayan Aviation was an airline based in India that operated in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent until its nationalization and merger into Indian Airlines in 1953.
Honest Ed'sRetail Honest Ed's is a landmark discount store located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is named for its proprietor, Ed Mirvish, who opened the store in 1948 and oversaw its operations for almost sixty ...more
In-N-Out BurgerRestaurant In-N-Out Burgers, Inc. is a regional chain of fast food restaurants with locations in the American Southwest. Founded in Baldwin Park, California, in 1948 by Harry Snyder and his wife Esther ...more
Inibsa Inibsa Laboratorios is a major pharmaceutical company in Spain. Its products are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide and its products have a good reputation in Spanish and international ...more
Jersey AirlinesAirline Jersey Airlines was an early post-World War II private, independent British airline formed in 1948. In 1952, the airline operated its first scheduled service. Four years later, British European ...more
Kiev Aircraft Repair Plant 410Aerospace Kiev Aircraft Repair Plant 410 is an Ukrainian aircraft services company, based in Kiev adjacent to the Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport. Primary services provided are repair of An-24, An-26, ...more