185 may not be a normal "benchmark" year, but when your company has been in continuous operation for that long, it is certainly reason for celebration. Andrew Jackson was President of just 24 United States when these firms began. Congratulations to these five: survival truly is the ultimate performance measure!
New York based Champion Sailmakers is run by 5th & 6th generation family engaged in the "world of canvas." As with many Century Club companies, their business has changed over the years but their commitment to producing high quality marine canvas products has stayed the same.
Still an independent local newspaper, the Galena Gazette is privately-owned and operated serving their northwestern Illinois community.
Maine's Hingham Institution for Savings is one of America's oldest banks. Though now a publicly traded stock, HIFS remains proudly independent and committed to "community, family, and local businesses."
Hinkle Chair Company is a 5th (& 6th) generation family owned and operated furniture manufacturer located in Greenbrier TN, Check out their rockers, benches, porch swings and other fine furniture.
The fifth celebrant is law firm McGuireWoods LLP of Richmond VA. From the founding in 1834, they now have over 1,000 lawyers in 22 offices across the U.S. and Europe.