Thursday, February 4, 2016

Companies Celebrating 150 Years in Business in 2016

1866: The year these companies were founded was one year past the American Civil War. There was no through railway to the Pacific Coast, no telephones, no electric lights, no typewriters, airplanes, or automobiles. But they found a way to establish businesses that have endured through world wars, economic depressions, quantum leaps in technology, globalization, and shifting social and cultural values. Join me in congratulating these Century Club Companies on their 150th anniversary.

Dyke Industries, Little Rock, Arkansas

Dyke Industries is a family-owned company that operates 13 distribution outlets, serving 18 states with a broad line of building materials, including millwork, lumber, doors, windows and related items. They serve the Southeast US as a wholesale distributor of a multitude of millwork and related products. 

Garland Manufacturing Company, Saco Maine

With six generations of continuous Garland family management, Garland Manufacturing continues to make mallets and soft-faced hammers for industries worldwide and is the only producer of rawhide mallets in North America. Over the years Garland has also diversified and they offer machined parts and plastic extrusions. 

General Mills, Golden Valley, Minnesota

Starting with a flour mill on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1866, Gold Medal flour is still the top selling brand of flour in the United States. Now with many brands marketed in 100 countries on six continents, General Mills employs over 42,000 people worldwide an has sales of over $17 billion.

Huntington Bancshares, Columbus, Ohio

Huntington is a full-service banking provider operating primarily within the six states of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. As with many Century Club companies, Huntington believes it is their deep relationship-building capabilities that have enabled it to not just survive, but thrive, for 150 years.

Norway Savings Bank, Norway, Maine

A smaller community bank, Norway Savings Bank has also managed to survive for 150 years. Known for their financial strength, exceptional customer service, and contribution to their communities, they are proud to say "We're from Maine and we understand the needs of Maine people and businesses."

Sherwin Williams, Cleveland, Ohio

In 1866 there was no such thing as ready-to-use paint. Henry Sherwin and Edwin Williams changed that and worked to make a product that founded an industry and subtly altered the tone of our everyday lives. Today they are a global company with 4,000 stores worldwide. They know paint.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Koegel Meats

Koegel Meats has been using the same recipes and processes to make sausages in Flint, MI since 1916. Today they offer about 35 kinds of sausages and meats, distributed mostly in Michigan. A unique aspect of their business is that they deliver their products to each individual store to ensure the customer receives a fresh product. Given the national news about the water crisis in Flint, it should be noted that the company is not on the city's water system so there is no need to be concerned about the continued quality of their meats. Welcome to the Corporate Century Club!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Boeing Celebrates 100 Years

One of the largest aircraft manufactures and defense contractors in the world, Boeing is celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016. Now headquartered in Chicago, Boeing was founded by William Boeing in Seattle as the Pacific Aero Products Company. Check out the "100" tab on their website to learn more about their past century in business - and the centennial merchandise they are offering to commemorate their anniversary.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Crain Communication turns 100

Headquartered in downtown Detroit, MI, Crain Communications is a privately-held communications company with many well-known publications including Automotive News, Autoweek, Advertising Age, Modern Healthcare, Plastics News, Business Insurance, and Pensions & Investments in addition to city business publications for Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and New York. Welcome to the Corporate Century Club!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Streit's Matzo Bakery

Though the company logo say "since 1925" Aron Streit opened his first matzo factory in 1916. Still family owned and operated, Streit's continues the tradition of offering matzo and kosher food products for Passover and year round.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Welcome to the Century Club: Wegmans

Wegmans Food Markets is a privately-owned regional supermarket chain headquartered in Rochester, New York. Run by third and fourth generation Wegmans, they have been listed in Fortune magazines "100 Best Companies to Work For" since the list first appeared in 1998 and have been ranked in the top 10 for the last eight consecutive years. Congratulations on 100 years and welcome to the corporate Century Club!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Century Club Companies in 2016

With a new year comes new members of the corporate Century Club! In the spotlight today is Zidell, a family-owned company based in Portland, Oregon.  Founded in 1916 by Russian immigrant Sam Zidell to sell second-hand machinery out of a scrap yard on the waterfront, by 1960 Zidell had become the largest ship dismantling operation in the country employing hundreds in the salvaging of ships after World War II.  Realizing that material from the ships could be put to new use, Sam's son Emery created a valve and tube forgings business and Zidell Marine, an innovator in steel barge design and construction. Run today by third generation Zidell family, a fourth generation family member has also joined the company to explore and develop new possibilities.