Saturday, January 25, 2014

100 Year Old Company Profiles

Rather than duplicate entries, if you want to see the profiles of 100-year-old companies I'm posting this year, check out my tweets @vtenhaken on Twitter.  Today's was AmeriPride Services, one of the largest uniform rental and linen supply companies in North America, headquartered in Minnetonka, MN, still private and family-owned after 125 years.  I am in the middle of a list of companies founded in 1889 to highlight their 125th anniversary.  On the list so far:  Pendleton Woolen Mills in Portland, Oregon; McCormick & Company (spices) in Maryland; Modell's sporting goods stores in NY; and Varnum, a law firm in Grand Rapids, MI.  Though there are many financial institutions celebrating 125 years in 2014, you might be surprised at some of the others, so stay tuned!

150-year-old firms I profiled earlier include Renault Winery in Egg Harbor, New Jersey; First Horizon bank in Memphis; and Glatfelter - a global leader in specialty papers and fibers headquartered in York, PA.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Additions to Michigan's 100 Over 100

Last year I published a list of Michigan companies over 100 years old.  Since my list at the time came to exactly 100 firms I titled it "100 Over 100."  Two more old companies have come to my attention - both from Grand Rapids, making it a real 'hotbed' of companies that have thrived for over a century. The additions:

Varnum, established 1888; legal services
Koeze Company, established 1910; peanut butter, nuts & chocolate

I would love for my list of companies over 100 to grow even further, so please let me know when you find one.