Thursday, May 27, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Three U.S. companies founded in 1826 celebrate 195th anniversaries of operation this year - just 5 more years to make the 200 mark!
C.S. Osborne, Harrison NJ 8th generation (industrial, hand & leather tools manufacturer)
Lake Champlain Transportation, Burlington VT private - 2nd generation (ferry transport)
Union Oyster House, Boston MA private - 2nd generation? (seafood restaurant)
Monday, March 29, 2021
Every year in business past 100 is significant. However, these companies deserve a special shout-out for anniversaries of over 200 years:
325 years: Kenyon's Grist Mill, founded 1696, West Kingston RI 2nd generation
285 years: Lakeside Mills, founded 1736, Spindale NC 4th generation
255 years: Beekman Arms (inn and tavern), founded 1766, Rhinebeck NY
235 years: Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald (legal services), founded 1786, Hartford CT
220 years: Sawyer Bentwood (furniture), founded 1801, Whitingham VT
215 years: Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, founded 1806, Salem MA 4th generation
205 years: Hodgdon Yachts, founded 1816, East Boothbay ME, 5th generation
205 years: York Water, founded 1816, York PA, public utility
Thursday, February 25, 2021
There are five companies in my Century Club data base founded in 1871, which means they would be celebrating their 150th anniversaries in 2021. However, I'm not quite sure how to position two of them, so I'll just tell you what I could find out and let you decide.
French Paper of Niles, Michigan is a 6th generation manufacturer of specialty paper products, much loved by graphic designers. Their goal is to "make paper that brings beauty to life." In 2019 they 'joined' with Finch Paper Holdings of Glen Falls, New York and are now part of Atlas Industry Holdings, a private investment and equity firm founded in 2002 located in Greenwich, Connecticut. News reports say French Paper continues to operate as an independent company.
Homer Loughlin China Company (HLC) of Newell, West Virginia is the maker of Fiesta tableware and Hall China. In 2020 HLC sold their food service division to Steelite International, a Newcastle PA company that had been purchased by Arbor Investments, a new York/Chicago private equity firm. HLC retained ownership of the Fiesta brand and has changed their name to Fiesta Tableware Company (though it appears that Steelite will be the manufacturer and distributor of Fiesta).
Kennebunk Savings Bank of Kennebunk, Maine is a privately-owned financial institution.
Ritter's Office Outfitters of Mansfield, Ohio is an employee-owned retail office products supplier.
White Rock Beverages is a 5th generation beverage company based in Whitestone, New York known for their high quality club soda, ginger ale and tonic water mixers.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Church & Dwight Ewing, New Jersey public (consumer packaged goods)
Martin's Shoe House Monroe, Michigan 5th & 6th generation (retail shoe store)
Powell Valves (Wm. Powell Company) Cincinnati, Ohio private (industrial valve manufacturer)
Yaeger's Shoes Monroe, Michigan 5th generation (retail shoe store)
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Pleased to announce a new version of my book is now available with an updated list of 1300 U.S. Century Club Companies, including 65 new members founded in 1919 and 1920 - and 27 founded before 1800! Only 12% of these companies are public, and approximately 60% are generational family firms.