Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Michigan Century Club


Yesterday I listened to a story on Michigan Radio (Stateside with Cynthia Canty) that highlighted a few Detroit organizations over 100 years old. Cynthia interviewed Ilene Wolff, who had written a piece for DBusiness Magazine on Detroit's "century club." It made me think about the Michigan Century Club I tried to get started a few years ago. The Michigan Retailers Association honors Centennial Retailers and the Michigan Historical Society has a Milestone Award for which a company reaching 50, 100, or 150 years can apply, but I had a difficult time finding a comprehensive list of Michigan companies over 100. In my work I focus on for-profit companies: public or private, small or large, in all industries. The Michigan Radio piece yesterday made me think it was time to update my Michigan Century Club list, so here it is - congratulations to all!

Michigan Business Century Club

Acme Manufacturing, Auburn Hills
American Seating, Grand Rapids
Amstore, Grand Rapids
Armaly Brands, Walled Lake
Armstrong International, Three Rivers
Atkins Hardware & Furniture, Vassar
Bahle's, Suttons Bay
Bauer's Jewelry, Saginaw
Becharas Bros. Coffee, Highland Park
Bissel, Grand Rapids
Bond Decorating, Iron Mountain
BorgWarner, Auburn Hills
Brammal Industrial Supply, Benton Harbor
Buckley's Shoes, Bad Axe
Buis Mattress, Holland
Bulman Products, Grand Rapids
Butzel Long, Detroit
Carhartt, Dearborn
Cascarelli's Restaurant, Albion
Central Michigan Paper, Ada
Chelsea Lumber Co, Chelsea
Chelsea Milling, Chelsea
Chelsea State Bank, Chelsea
Chris Engel's Greenhouse, Detroit
CMS Energy, Jackson
Corbishley's Clothing, Bad Axe
Crandill Funeral Homes, Fremont & White Cloud
Daniel Orr Sons Hardware, North Branch
Dekker's Jewelry, Zeeland
Detroit Store Fixture Co, Detroit
DeVries Jewelers, Grand Rapids
DeWitt Barrels, Marne
Dickenson's Hardware, Fennville
Dittrich Furs, Detroit
Doncker's Candies & Gifts, Marquette
Dow Chemical, Midland
Dykstra Funeral Homes, Holland
Ebonex Corp, Detroit
Edge-Sweets (ESCO), Grand Rapids
Eikenhout, Inc, Grand Rapids
Federal Mogul, Southfield
Feigi's Interiors, Saginaw
Ford Motor Co., Dearborn
Frankenmuth Brewery, Frankenmuth
Frankenmuth News, Frankenmuth
French Paper Company, Niles
Fris Office Outfitters, Holland
Fritz Family Restaurant, Richville
GB Russo & Son, Grand Rapids
General Motors, Detroit
George Jerome & Co, Roseville
George P. Johnson, Auburn Hills
Getz Department Store, Marquette
Gilbert Chocolates, Jackson
Golden Shoes, Traverse City
Gordon Food Service, Grand Rapids
Graafschap Hardware, Holland
Groskopf's Luggage, Grand Rapids
Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield
Heidi's Old Village Flowers, Plymouth
Henry the Hatter, Detroit
Herman's Boy Coffee Roasters, Rockford
Herman Miller Inc, Zeeland
Herter Music, Bay City
Hoekstra's Hardware, Kalamazoo
Homer Monumental Works, Homer
Holland Peanut Store, Holland
Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Detroit
Independent Bank Corp, Ionia
Irwin Seating, Grand Rapids
Jacoby's German Biergarten, Detroit
Jesperson's Restaurant & Pie Shoppe, Petoskey
Johnson's Studio & Camera Shop, Cheboygan
Keep & Martinson Lumber, Tekonsha
Kellogs, Battle Creek
Kindel Furniture, Grand Rapids
Kirlin Company, Detroit
Koeze Company, Grand Rapids
Kositchek's, Lansing
Krzyske Brothers, Waltz
Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home, Holland
Lokers Shoes, Holland
Lovewell's Corner Store, Lupton
Mapes Furniture, Sunfield
Martins Shoe House, Monroe
Masters LaLonde Shoes, Alpena
MBT Financial Corp, Monroe
McClellan's Frankenmuth Woolen Mill, Frankenmuth
McKee Monument & Mercantile, Marshall
Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Grand Rapids
Michigan Ladder, Ypsilanti
Milkins Jewelers, Monroe
Apothecary Shop, Holland
Moore & Carter Lumber, Sandusky & Croswell
Mosher's Jewelers, Port Huron
Murdick's Fudge, Mackinac Island
Murphy & Caris, Fremont
Oliver Products, Grand Rapids
Padnos, Holland
Palmer Auto Service, Frankenmuth
Perrigo, Allegan
Pomeroy Funeral Home, Croswell
Power's Clothing, Jonesville
Preusser Jewelers, Grand Rapids
R.L. Polk & Co, Detroit
Raymond Hardware, Port Sanilac
Reusch Jewelers, Cheboygan
Schaefer Bierleen Cars, Frankenmuth
Schuler's Restaurant & Pub, Marshall
Sempliner's Bride & Formal, Bay City
Sieb Plumbing, Heating & A/C, Monroe
Siegel Jewelers, Grand Rapids
Skaff Carpet & Furniture, Flint
Smith Floral & Greenhouse, Lansing
SmithGroupJJR, Detroit
Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Homes, Chelsea
Start of the West Milling Co, Frankenmuth
Steelcase, Grand Rapids
Steven's Van Lines, Saginaw
Sunnyside Florist, Owosso
Superior Sport Store, Holland
Standard Companies, Grand Rapids
Vail Rubber Company, St. Joseph
VanPoppelen Bros. Inc., Bay City
Varnum, Grand Rapids
Vortuba Leather Goods, Traverse City
Vredeveld Shoes, Fremont
W.B. Hayden & Sons Hardware, Cassopolis
West Branch Flour Mill, West Branch
Westbrook Hardware, Croswell
Whirlpool, St. Joseph
White Insurance Agency, Fremont
Winglemire Furniture, Holly
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids
Wolverine Worldwide, Rockford
WW Fairbairn & Sons, Alanson
Yaeger's Shoes, Monroe
Yale Expositor, Yale
Zeeland Print Shop, Zeeland

I'm sure there are more companies to add to this list, so if you or someone you know works for a company that has managed to thrive for over 100 years, please let me know via a comment to this blog. Thanks!

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