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Companies Founded in 1981

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List of the top or longest running businesses/companies/firms founded, started or launched in 1981; incl. corporations and public/private enterprises. Alphabetical. sortable by column.
  • 1

    A.J. Morgan Eyewear

    Ophthalmic Goods
    A.J. Morgan Eyewear produces sunglasses, readers and other eyewear....
  • 2


    Surgical and Medical Instruments and Apparatus, Biotechnology
    Abiomed is a manufacturer of medical implant devices, including the AbioCor artificial heart and Impella. It is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts and has an additional office in Aachen,...  more
  • 3


    Computer, Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
    Adaptec, Inc., a company based in Milpitas, California, produced computer storage products until it sold its storage-business operations to PMC-Sierra in 2010....  more
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    Advanced Energy

    Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing, Electronic Components
    Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. is an American company that develops power and control technologies for the manufacture of semiconductors, flat panel displays, data storage products, solar cells and...  more
  • 5

    Air New Orleans

    Air New Orleans was an airline based in Birmingham, Alabama that was conceived as a regional airline to provide service to cities throughout the Southeastern United States from Texas to Florida. The...  more
  • 6
    Air Vanuatu is an airline with its head office in the Air Vanuatu House, Port Vila, Vanuatu. It is Vanuatu's national flag carrier, operating to Australia, New Zealand and points in the South...  more
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    Alaska Airlines

    Air Transportation, Scheduled
    Alaska Airlines is the seventh largest US air carrier. It is based in Seattle, Washington. The airline's origins date back to McGee Airways, formed in 1932, offering flights from Anchorage, AK in a...  more
  • 8


    Building automation, HVAC
    Alerton is a United States company based in Redmond, Washington. Founded in 1981, Alerton is a manufacturer of building automation systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning HVAC...  more
  • 9

    Alvis plc

    Alvis Ltd. was created when United Scientific Holdings plc acquired the Alvis division of the nationalised vehicle manufacturer British Leyland in 1981. United Scientific maintained its own name...  more
  • 10
    Amarillo Design Bureau is a company which specializes in tactical and strategic board wargames. The company is a successor to Task Force Games, and is owned and operated by Steve and Leanna Cole,...  more
  • 11

    Amblin Entertainment

    Television Broadcasting, Film industry
    Amblin Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded by director and producer Steven Spielberg and film producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in 1981....  more
  • 12

    APC by Schneider Electric

    APC by Schneider Electric, formerly known as American Power Conversion Corporation, is a manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, electronics peripherals and data center products. In 2007,...  more
  • 13

    Analysis Group

    Analysis Group, Inc., founded in 1981, is one of the largest economic consulting firms based in North America. The firm provides economic, financial, and strategic analysis and expert testimony to...  more
  • 14


    ArmorGroup International is a British company providing private security. It was founded in 1981 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange until 6 June 2008. ArmorGroup provides protective security...  more
  • 15

    Arriva Fox County

    Arriva Fox County is a bus company operating services in Leicestershire. It is a subsidiary of Arriva....  more
  • 16

    Aspen Technology

    Aspen Technology, Inc. -- known as AspenTech -- is a provider of software and services for the process industries. Headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, USA, AspenTech has 30 offices around the...  more
  • 17

    Aston Manor Brewery

    Aston Manor Brewery is a former brewery and current bottling company in Aston, Birmingham, England. Having been started as a beer brewery, the company now produces exclusively cider and perry,...  more
  • 18

    Aten Technology, Inc.

    ATEN Technology manufactures KVM switches and remote connectivity solutions to manage servers and other computer networking devices. Starting in 1981, ATEN has been selling KVM products to businesses...  more
  • 19

    Atlantic Entertainment Group

    Atlantic Entertainment Group, also known as Atlantic Releasing Corporation was an independent film production and distribution company founded by Tom Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt in 1974. Their...  more
  • 20


    ATR is a French-Italian aircraft manufacturer headquartered on the grounds of Toulouse Blagnac International Airport in Blagnac, France. It was formed in 1981 by Aérospatiale of France and Aeritalia...  more
  • 21

    ams AG

    Semiconductor industry, Semiconductor
    ams AG, formerly known as austriamicrosystems AG and still known as AMS, is a multinational semiconductor manufacturer. The headquarters are located in Unterpremstätten. The main fields of the...  more
  • 22

    Bandhua Mukti Morcha

    Bandhua Mukti Morcha or Bonded Labour Liberation Front is a non-governmental organisation in India working to end bonded labour. Based in New Delhi, it was founded in 1981 by Swami Agnivesh who...  more
  • 23

    Bedford-St. Martin's

    Bedford/St. Martin's is an American publishing company specializing in humanities college textbooks. Bedford/St. Martin's is part of the Bedford, Freeman, and Worth Publishing group owned by the...  more
  • 24

    Bitstream Inc.

    Software development
    Bitstream Inc. is a now-defunct type foundry that produced digital typefaces. Founded in 1981 by Matthew Carter and Mike Parker among others, it claims to be the oldest such company. It was located...  more
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    Software, Prepackaged Software
    Blackbaud Inc. is a supplier of software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations. Its products focus on fundraising, website management, CRM, analytics, financial management,...  more