Tuesday, May 23, 2017

15 Companies Celebrate 125th Anniversary in 2017

Not only are there 15 U.S. companies celebrating 125 years in business this year, 11 of them are generational, family-owned businesses and just two are public: General Electric and Wisconsin's Bank Mutual Corporation - though Bank Mutual has a 3rd generation founding family member as board chair. The 15 companies also represent a range of industries: a publisher, 2 food product companies, real estate, banking, 3 each in manufacturing and retail, insurance, a funeral home, a service & repair business, and a transportation & storage firm. Here's the list of organizations founded in 1892 and still going strong!

Afro-American Newspapers, Baltimore MD  4th generation
Asher Chocolates, Souderton PA  4th generation
Bank Mutual Corporation, Milwaukee WI  
The Brick Companies, Edgewater MD
Fiorella's Sausage, Philadelphia PA 4th generation
General Electric, Fairfield CT
Johnson's Studio & Camera Shop, Cheboygan MI  4th generation
Lambrecht's Jewelers, Wilmette IL  4th generation
Mapes Furniture, Sunfield MI  4th generation
Rieck Services, Dayton OH  4th generation
Robinson Fans, Zelienople PA  6th generation
Sol Levinson & Bros Funeral Home, Baltimore MD  5th generation
Vail Rubber Works, St. Joseph MI  4th generation
Von Paris Moving & Storage, Savage MD  4th & 5th generation
Woman's Life Insurance Society, Port Huron MI  

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Congratulations to These Firms Celebrating 150 Years in 2017

Two U.S. companies celebrate their 150th year in business in 2017: one public, one private; one manufacturing, one financial. Join me in congratulating Acme United Corp. and Biddeford Savings Bank on achieving this milestone.

Acme United Corporation  Fairfield, CT Supplier of cutting, measuring, and safety products for the school, home, office, hardware, and industrial markets (www.acmeunited.com)

Biddeford Savings Bank   Mutual savings bank that "treats every customer like an owner." Locations in Biddeford, Scarsborough, and Waterboro, Maine

Friday, March 17, 2017

175th Anniversary Congratulations to Six Firms

The year was 1842. John Tyler was U.S. President. Ether anesthesia was used for the first time. The 2nd Seminole War ended and the Seminoles were forced from Florida to Oklahoma. The 1st U.S. patent for a sewing machine was issued. The 1st documented discovery of gold in California occurred. The University of Notre Dame is founded. And these 6 businesses began operations and continue to this day. Century Club Company congratulations to:

Glades Pike Inn, Sommerset PA
Hildreth's Home Goods, Southampton NY - 5th generation
Johnson Woolen Mill, Johnson,VT - 4th generation
Rugg Manufacturing Company, Leominster MA
SI Financial Group, Willimantic CT
Verdin Company (bell manufacturer), Cincinnati OH - 6th generation

Thursday, February 16, 2017

13 US Generational Family-Owned Funeral Homes Are Over 150 Years Old

Several of the longevity practices that turned up in my research of companies over 100 years old have to do with personalized customer service and close ties to the firm's local community. Perhaps because these are also practices of well-run funeral homes, we find a rather large number (relatively speaking) among Century Club Companies and that the majority of these have been run by the same family for generations. Longevity congratulations to the following generational funeral homes in operation for over 150 years. I would love to hear of more!

Backman Funeral Home, Strasburg PA  1769  8th generation

Rogers Funeral Home, Frankfort KY  1802  7th generation

Bear Funeral Home, Churchville VA  1812  6th generation

Eaton Funeral Homes, Newton MA  1818  6th generation

Stuard Funeral Home, Ardmore PA  1822  6th generation

Mitchell-Wiedenfeld Funeral Home, Baltimore MD  1837  6th generation

Wilbert Funeral Home, Plaquemine LA  1850  6th generation

Smith & Sons Funeral Homes, Columbia City IN  1851  5th generation

Davis Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth KS  1855 6th generation

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Services, Columbus OK  1855  5th & 6th generations

Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Homes, Fort Dodge IA  1856  5th generation

Quinn Funeral Homes, Warwick RI  1857  4th generation

J. Henry Stuhr, Charleston SC  1865  5th generation

Saturday, January 28, 2017

200 Years in Business: The Claflin Company

Century Club congratulations go out to The Claflin Company, which started in 1817 as an apothecary in Providence, Rhode Island. Today it is recognized as one of the medical distribution industry's leading independent firms with a reputation for innovative service programs. Best wishes for your third century!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017 New Century Club Members

2017 will see the following 13 companies added to the roster of U.S. Century Club companies. Some have changed quite a bit over the last 100 years but 3/4 of them have remained privately owned - three are in the 4th generation of family ownership, one is 3rd generation, and one is 5th generation. These companies represent a range of industries, though a surprising 1/4 are wholesale grocers; two are retail (one apparel, one bookstore), one law firm, one bank, one architecture & engineering firm, two manufacturers (office products and specialty trucks), and two produce food & beverage products (steaks and wine). I'll be adding more specific information on each company over the next few weeks as well as featuring them on twitter (@vtenhaken). As always, I welcome information on companies you know that have reached the 100 year milestone and will look forward to adding them to the Century Club!

Central Grocers
Fellowes Inc.
G&L Clothing
HDR, Inc.
Omaha Steaks
Oshkosh Corp
Parker Hannifin
San Antonio Winery
Sunsweet Growers
Vinson & Elkins
Washington Federal


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Century Club Companies

Many thanks to the many people who have purchased my book or read this blog and contacted me (centuryclubcompanies@gmail.com) about a company they know of or work for that has been in business for over 100 years. I love adding companies to my data base and it is so encouraging to hear that these companies I hadn't included in my research also exhibit the management philosophy and practices of other Century Club Companies.

Here are a few of the recent additions:

Schantz Organ Company (1873) Orville, OH Pipe organ builder

W.H. Fay (1887) Cleveland, OH Trucking 

Afro-American Newspapers (1892) Baltimore, MD Publishing

Galatoire's (1905) New Orleans, LA Restaurant

Interlake Steamship Company (1913) Middleburg Heights, OH Great Lakes shipping

Attman's (1915) Baltimore, MD Delicatessen

Bauer, Inc. (1916) Bristol, CT Test and support equipment for aircraft component maintenance

All have interesting stories, so be sure to check them out!