Monday, January 12, 2015

Six U.S. Companies Celebrate 150 Years in 2015

Two public and four privately-owned firms - here are the companies that will be celebrating 150 years in business this year.  


American Hotel Register Company of Vernon Hills, Illinois has been a premier supplier to the hospitality industry since 1865. With roots that date back to the Civil war, American Hotel Register was founded as a publisher of travel directories and railroad maps and has continually adapted to the changing times and evolution of the hospitality industry.

Cargill, Inc. is a multinational agricultural commodities and energy trading company based in Minnesota. Founded in 1865, it is considered the largest privately-held corporation in the United States.


Next up is Carter's Inc., the Atlanta based marketer of baby and children's clothing. With two of the most recognized brands, Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh, they have over 600 company-owned stores as well as selling through thousands of other retailers.

This one you probably haven't heard of unless you live in Missouri: Hawthorn Bancshares is a financial holding company headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri. They are listed on NASDAQ and have 24 banking locations in Missouri.

Nor have you likely heard of Kositchek's unless you've been shopping for fine quality menswear in Lansing, Michigan. (Also in Jackson, Kalamazoo, or Battle Creek.) Now in the hands of the fourth generation of Kositcheks, they have branched out into other offerings but menswear is still their specialty.

Last on this alphabetical list of 150 year old companies is Langlois Pianos, a fifth generation shop for new and used pianos, rentals, and restoration. Located in Bremerton, Washington, they are dedicated to the art of piano service and care and may be the oldest family-run business in the state.

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