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Companies Founded in 1953

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1953; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
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    Arms industry, Aerospace
    Aerostar S.A., is an aeronautical manufacturing company based in Bacău, Romania....  more
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    Air Tahiti

    Air Tahiti is a French airline company which operates in French Polynesia. Despite its private company status, it has a public service mission. Its principal base is Faaa International Airport....  more
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    Tamimi Group

    The Tamimi Group of Companies, sometimes called the al-Tamimi group, is a Saudi Arabian business house with activities ranging from supermarket chains, hotels, oilfield services & supplies, road...  more
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    Ann & Hope

    Ann & Hope is a Rhode Island-based retailer that pioneered practices now common in modern big box stores. Named after the ship Ann and Hope, which was lost at sea off Block Island, Rhode Island in...  more
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    Associated Grocers of Maine

    Associated Grocers of Maine was a retailers' cooperative serving independent supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, USA. It was founded in 1953 and was a member of Retailer...  more
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    BAE Systems Australia

    Arms industry, Aerospace
    BAE Systems Australia, a subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, is the largest defence contractor in Australia. It was formed by the merger of British Aerospace Australia and GEC-Marconi Systems and expanded...  more
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    Bath Building Society

    Financial Services
    Bath Investment & Building Society is a building society, which has its headquarters in Bath, England. It is a lender that specialises in niche mortgage products and is renowned for its innovative...  more
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    Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG is a medium-sized, internationally acting company located in Verl, Westphalia, Germany. It was established in 1980 as a business unit of the Elektro Beckhoff GmbH,...  more
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    Bess Eaton

    Bess Eaton or Bess Eaton Donut Flour Company Incorporated started as a bread and bakery products manufacturer and later as an operator of a small chain of coffee shops based in southern New England,...  more
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    Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Enterprises

    Restaurant, Food Manufacturing
    Bill Miller Bar-B-Q is a San Antonio-headquartered restaurant chain that focuses on barbecue food, accompanying side dishes, and baked goods. The restaurant started as a poultry and egg business in...  more
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    BILLA is a European supermarket chain originating in Austria, a market where the brand maintains its largest presence with more than 1000 stores. It is owned by Germany's REWE Group. The...  more
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    Body Glove International, LLC is a surf/skateboard/watersports brand started in the United States. Body Glove was founded in 1953 by twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell. The brothers invented the...  more
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    Bristow Helicopters

    Bristow Helicopters is a British civil helicopter operator originally based at Aberdeen Airport, Scotland which is now part of the U.S. based Bristow Group which in turn has its corporate...  more
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    Business International Corporation

    Business International Corporation was a publishing and advisory firm dedicated to assisting American companies in operating abroad. In 1986, Business International was acquired by the Economist...  more
  • 15
    California Oregon Broadcasting Incorporated is a family-owned broadcast franchise based in Medford, Oregon. It was founded in 1953 by William B. Smullin and is the owner of KOBI-TV Channel 5M in...  more
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    City Lights Bookstore

    City Lights is an independent bookstore-publisher combination in San Francisco, California that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It also houses the nonprofit City...  more
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    Claster Television

    Broadcast syndication
    Claster Television, Inc. was a Baltimore, Maryland–based television distributor founded in 1953 by Bert and Nancy Claster as Romper Room Inc. It was originally a producer of the children's show...  more
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    Perfumes, Cosmetics
    The Colgate-Palmolive Company is an American multinational consumer products company focused on the production, distribution and provision of household, health care and personal products, such as...  more

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    Dan-Air was a private, independent airline based in the United Kingdom and was a wholly owned subsidiary of London shipbroking firm Davies and Newman, started in 1953 with a single...  more
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    Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places
    Denny's is a full-service pancake house/coffee shop/fast casual family restaurant chain. It operates over 1,600 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,...  more
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    EIKI International, Inc. is a Japanese company that manufactures LCD and DLP projectors, related accessories and overhead projectors....  more
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    Endress+Hauser is a Swiss-based instrumentation and process automation company. Endress+Hauser operates in the instrumentation market with offices around the world, producing instruments measuring...  more
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    Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony Music Entertainment....  more
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    Fabrika automobila Priboj

    Automotive industry
    Fabrika automobila Priboj is a Serbian automotive manufacturer of trucks and buses founded in 1952. Initially producing licensed copies of Saurer trucks, it now produces Mercedes-Benz NG trucks under...  more
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    Ferguson Enterprises

    Ferguson Enterprises Inc., headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, is the largest plumbing wholesaler in North America and a major distributor of HVAC/R equipment, waterworks and fire protection...  more