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Companies Founded in 1978

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1978; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
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    Carolco Pictures

    Motion Picture and Video Production, Film
    Carolco Pictures, Inc. is an American independent film production company that, within a decade, went from producing such blockbuster successes as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Total Recall, and the...  more
  • 27

    Catalina Video

    Motion Picture and Video Production
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    Charoen Pokphand Foods

    Food and Beverage
    Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited, a company of the Charoen Pokphand Group, is an agro-industrial and food conglomerate in Thailand. The greater part of the company production bases is in...  more
  • 29
    Cheddar's Casual Cafe is an American restaurant chain based in Irving, Texas. Founded in 1979, as of 2013 the chain has more than 130 locations in 23 states....  more
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    Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is one of the oldest private equity investment firms in the world. Founded in 1978, CD&R has managed the investment of approximately $17 billion in 52 businesses—mostly...  more
  • 31

    Clearaudio Electronic

    Clear Audio Electronic GmbH of Germany is a manufacturer of high fidelity audio products. Formed in 1978, their primary focus is on vinyl turntables and related products such as cartridges. One of...  more
  • 32

    CMC Magnetics

    Digital media
    CMC Magnetics Corporation is a Taiwanese company that manufactures optical discs. Established in 1978, its factories are located in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong....  more
  • 33


    Financial Services
    Computershare Limited, is an Australian stock transfer company that provides corporate trust, stock transfer and employee share plan services in a number of different countries. The company currently...  more
  • 34

    Copyright Clearance Center

    Copyright Clearance Center is a U.S. company based in Danvers, Massachusetts, that provides collective copyright licensing services for corporate and academic users of copyrighted materials. CCC...  more
  • 35

    Corwood Industries

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    Credence Systems

    Instruments for Measuring and Testing of Electricity and Electrical Signals
    Credence Systems Corporation was a manufacturer of test equipment for the global semiconductor industry, with a major focus on solving specific challenges facing the fast-growing consumer-driven...  more
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    Credit Suisse First Boston

    Investment banking, Financial Services
    Credit Suisse First Boston was the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Group, prior to 2006. It was active in investment banking, capital markets and financial services. In 2006, as part of...  more
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    Crossair Ltd. Co. for Regional European Air Transport was a regional airline headquartered on the grounds of EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France, near Basel,...  more
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    D. R. Horton

    D. R. Horton is the largest residential house-building company in the United States based on its 18,890 houses sold and posted a profit of $956 million in the 12 months that ended Sept. 30, 2012....  more
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    Data Software Research Company

    Information technology, Information technology consulting
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    Dion’s is a privately owned chain of pizza restaurants based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As of 2014 Dion’s operates 20 restaurants; 17 in New Mexico, 2 in Texas, and one in Colorado. Currently there...  more
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    dj Orthopedics Inc

    Orthopedic, Prosthetic
    DJO Incorporated is a global provider of high-quality, orthopedic devices, with a broad range of products used for rehabilitation, pain management and physical therapy....  more
  • 44


    Automotive industry
    Donkervoort Automobielen BV is a manufacturer of authentic hand-built and ultra light weight sports cars based in Lelystad, Netherlands. The car brand was founded in 1978 by Joop Donkervoort. In...  more
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    Echo Outdoor Power Equipment

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    Edgar, Dunn & Company

    Management Consulting Services
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    Ediciones Ekare

    Ediciones Ekare is a Venezuelan based children’s book Publisher. Ekaré began in 1978 in Caracas, Venezuela and its initial goal was to publish books which reflected the Venezuelan and Latin American...  more
  • 48

    Empire Theatres

    Empire Theatres Limited was a movie theatre chain in Canada, a subsidiary of Empire Company Ltd., the holding company of the Sobey family conglomerate. In June 2013, Empire announced it would exit...  more
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    Video game, Video game industry
    Epyx, Inc. was a video game developer and publisher active in the late 1970s and 1980s. The company was founded as Automated Simulations by Jim Connelley and Jon Freeman, originally using Epyx as a...  more
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    Everts Air

    Everts Air is an American airline based in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA. It operates scheduled and charter airline cargo as well as passenger services within Alaska and Canada. Its main base is Fairbanks...  more