Companies Founded in Wichita

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

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

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

  • Emprise Bank
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    Emprise Bank is a Kansas-based, family owned, community bank headquartered in Wichita, Kansas with more than $1 billion in assets. Emprise has 41 locations across the state of Kansas, including branches in Wichita, Andover, Augusta, Chanute, Council Grove, Derby, El Dorado, Eureka, Goddard, Hays, Haysville, Hillsboro, Humboldt, Iola, Lawrence, Maize, Moran, Mulvane, Park City, Potwin, Rose Hill, Toronto, and Valley Center.
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
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    Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is a fast-casual restaurant chain based in Wichita, Kansas. The company opened its doors in 2002, franchised in 2004, and now has more than 100 locations nationwide.
  • Garmin Corp
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    Garmin is a multinational corporation and producer of navigation equipment. It is most well known as a producer of consumer and professional-grade Global Positioning System receivers. It was founded in 1989 by Min Kao and Gary Burrell in Lenexa, Kansas. As of May 2014, Garmin has sold over 126 million GPS devices.
  • Mentholatum

    The Mentholatum Company, Inc., founded in 1889 by Albert Alexander Hyde, is an American maker of non-prescription health care products. It was bought out by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., a Japanese health care company, in 1988. The Mentholatum Company is widely associated with its top three products, the Mentholatum Ointment, Mentholatum Deep Heating Rub, and Mentholatum Lip Care.
  • NuWay is a fast-food restaurant based in Wichita, Kansas. Opening July 4, 1930, the restaurant soon became famous for its loose-meat sandwiches and root beer. The sandwiches are similar to what is known in the Upper Midwest as tavern sandwiches and the ones served at that region's Maid-Rite restaurant chain.
  • Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise, known for pizza and side dishes, it is now corporately known as Pizza Hut, Inc. and is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., the world's largest restaurant company. In 2012, the company had more than 6,000 Pizza Hut restaurants in the United States, and had more than 5,139 store locations in 94 other countries and territories around the world.