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Companies Founded in Milwaukee

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List of notable businesses founded in Milwaukee, listed alphabetically with corporate logos when available. This list includes some of the largest, most profitable companies that were founded in Milwaukee. The famous Milwaukee companies and corporations on this list include both public and private corporations. You can find information about the popular companies on this list, such as what industry they're part of. When available you can click on the successful Milwaukee company's names to find out even more about them.

Examples of items on this list: Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Cousins Subs and more.

This list answers the questions, "What companies were founded in Milwaukee?" and "What are the biggest Milwaukee companies?"

If you're a Milwaukee native then this list of the biggest Milwaukee companies will make you proud. This list is also an excellent resource if you're doing research on reputable businesses from Milwaukee.
  • Astronautics Corporation of America is a US supplier, designer, and manufacturer of avionics equipment to airlines, governments, commercial and defense aircraft manufacturers, and other avionics systems integrators, established in 1959. Products are used for air, sea, ground, missile and space applications. Over 150,000 aircraft have been equipped with Astronautics equipment. Astronautics producs electronic flight instrument systems, electronic flight bags, engine indicating and crew alerting systems, network server systems, multifunction displays, mission and display processors and systems, flight directors, flight control systems, inertial guidance systems, air data computers, and...  more
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      Cousins Subs

      Cousins Submarines, better known as Cousins Subs, is a U.S. sub sandwich chain founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Cousins Subs is a regional chain with restaurants in the Midwest. While the majority of franchises are in Wisconsin, locations can also be found in Arizona and Minnesota....  more
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        Harley-Davidson Inc, often abbreviated H-D or Harley, is an American motorcycle manufacturer. Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the first decade of the 20th century, it was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression. Harley-Davidson also survived a period of poor quality control and competition from Japanese manufacturers. From 1977 to 2014 the only motorcycles sold to the public under the Harley-Davidson brand have been heavyweight motorcycles designed for highway cruising, with engine displacements greater than 700 cc. Harley-Davidson motorcycles, or "Harleys", are noted for the tradition of heavy customization that gave rise to the chopper...  more

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          Hooters, Inc. is the trade name of two privately held American restaurant chains: Hooters of America, Incorporated, based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Hooters, Incorporated, based in Clearwater, Florida. The Hooters name is a triple entendre referring to both its owl logo, a bird known for its "hooting" calls, the slang term "hooker", as well as an American slang term for human breasts. Hooters is a restaurant whose waiting staff are primarily voluptuous young women, usually referred to simply as "Hooter Girls," whose revealing outfits and sex appeal are played up and are a primary component of the company's image. The company employs other men and women as cooks, hosts, busboys, and managers....  more