Companies Founded in Portland

List of notable businesses founded in Portland, listed alphabetically with corporate logos when available. This list includes some of the largest, most profitable companies that were founded in Portland. The famous Portland 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 Portland company's names to find out even more about them.

Companies on this list include Oregon Scientific and U.S. Bancorp.

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

If you're a Portland native then this list of the biggest Portland companies will make you proud. This list is also an excellent resource if you're doing research on reputable businesses from Portland.

  • Amato's
    Fast food
    Amato's Sandwich Shops, Inc., is a chain of Italian restaurants that serves sandwiches, pizza and pasta throughout northern New England, United States. Founded in 1902 by Giovanni Amato, Amato's owns and operates 12 stores. Recent expansion has been in the form of franchising, most notably in Irving Oil/Circle K locations in Maine and New Hampshire and Maplefields locations in Vermont and northeastern New York. The company also cans its spaghetti and pizza sauces for sale in Hannaford supermarkets. Headquartered in Portland, Amato's operates over 40 locations. Nearly half of these are located throughout their home state of Maine. The chain also has a strong presence in Vermont, and a handful of other locations in New Hampshire and the Adirondack region of New York. Amato's is best known for its Italian sandwich, called "the Real Italian," which it claims to have invented in 1902.
  • Banfield Pet Hospital

    Banfield Pet Hospital

    Banfield Pet Hospital is a privately owned company based in Portland, Oregon, United States, that operates veterinary clinics. A subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, Banfield owns clinics in the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1955, the company operates many of its 800 plus clinics inside PetSmart stores. Banfield is the largest privately owned veterinary practice in the United States. On April 2, 2014, Banfield Pet Hospital announced its headquarters would be relocating to Vancouver, Washington.
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  • Exterro
    Law, Software
    Exterro, Inc. is an Oregon company that develops electronic discovery software for corporate legal and IT teams. It has satellite offices located across the US and in India. The Exterro E-Discovery Suite is composed of programs for data mapping, legal hold, early case assessment, data collection, processing, document review and other electronic discovery processes, as well as for legal governance, risk management, and compliance. On June 19, 2014 Exterro was placed in the leader quadrant by Gartner for the second consecutive year in its annual Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software.
  • Fred Meyer
    Supermarket, Retail
    Fred Meyer, Inc., is a chain of superstores founded in 1922 in Portland, Oregon, by Fred G. Meyer. The company was one of the pioneers of one-stop shopping, eventually combining a complete grocery supermarket with a drugstore, clothing store, shoe store, fine jewelers, home decor store, home improvement center, garden center, electronics store, toy store, sporting goods store, and more under one roof. Fred Meyer stores are located in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. Before the company's merger with Kroger in October 1998, it traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FMY. Although the company is now a division of Kroger, the stores are still branded Fred Meyer, and the western region of the Kroger Corporation is headquartered in Portland. Fred Meyer is sometimes known as "Freddy's", a nickname the company was given by its customers and which is used in its advertising. For a number of years, the company has used the marketing slogan What's on your list today? You'll find it at Fred Meyer! or, more simply, What's on your list today? in its advertising.
  • Gerber Legendary Blades is a maker of consumer knives and multitools headquartered in Tigard, Oregon, United States, within the Portland metropolitan area. Currently Gerber is a sub-division of Fiskars Brands Inc, owned by the Fiskars company of Finland. Gerber was established in 1939 by Pete Gerber. Gerber was the first Production knife company to collaborate with a custom knife maker when it collaborated with David Murphy.