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Companies Founded in 1948

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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.
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    Mass 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
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    Affiliated Foods Southwest

    Supermarket, 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. "Doc"...  more
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    Air Labrador

    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 throughout...  more
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    Financial 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...  more
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    Pharmaceutical Preparation, Biotechnology
    Allergan, Inc., is an American worldwide pharmaceutical company, focusing on ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, dermatology, neuroscience, urology and cosmetics....  more
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    Alps Electric

    Electronics industry
    Alps Electric Co., Ltd. is a multinational corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, producing electronic devices, including switches, potentiometers, sensors, encoders and touchpads. The company...  more
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    American Signature

    Retail, 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 the...  more
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    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. American...  more
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    Andrade Gutierrez

    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
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    Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corporation

    Manufacturing, 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 make...  more
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    Ashok Leyland

    Automotive 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 buses...  more
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    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 agents...  more
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    Aukra Auto

    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 company is...  more
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    Automotive 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 for the...  more
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    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 forerunner of...  more
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    Automotive 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...  more
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    Bölkow was a German aircraft manufacturer based in Stuttgart, Germany, and later Ottobrunn....  more
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    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 1961...  more
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    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, and Yaoundé. Les...  more
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    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, telescopes,...  more
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    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 the...  more
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    China Resources

    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....  more
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    Coco's Bakery

    Restaurant, Bakery
    Coco's Bakery Restaurant is a chain of casual dining restaurants operating in the Western portion of the United States....  more
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    Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao

    Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição trading as CBD is the biggest Brazilian company engaged in business retailing of food, general merchandise, electronic goods, home appliances and other products...  more
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    Craig Wireless Systems Ltd

    Craig Wireless Systems, Ltd. is a Canadian company which offers Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service in Manitoba and British Columbia....  more