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Each year gives rise to a multitude of entrepreneurs or perhaps more accurately each day sees the birth of numerous organizations somewhere in the world. Some of them endure for shockingly few weeks, but some of them last for century. What causes a company to endure the perilous, shifting climate of economics? How do they maintain their relevance? First, a person must research those companies that have withstood the test of time. Then one can deduce their formulas for success. Or perhaps discover the general rules of triumph comparatively? Here is a list to whet your capitalistic appetite. How many are you familiar with?

Companies established during the 19th century and continue to sustain itself

1806

  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Valspar Paint

1834

  • Phelps Dodge
  • Rimmel

1837

  • John Deere
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Procter and Gamble

1838

  • Cunard Line
  • The Times Group

1842

  • House of Faberge
  • Mott’s

1843

  • McMillian Publishers
  • Stanley Black and Decker

1845

  • Poland Springs
  • Twizzlers

1847

  • Colt Manufacturing Company
  • Fidelity National Financial

1851

  • Dole Food Company
  • Kiehls
  • Singer Corporation
  • Western Union

1853

  • Keebler Company
  • Levi Strauss and Co.

1860

  • Chopard
  • Goldwater’s
  • Milton Bradley

1866

  • General Mills
  • Nestle
  • Sherwin Williams

1869

  • H.J. Heinz Company
  • Welch’s

1871

  • Chaquita Brands International
  • Lipton
  • Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus

1872

  • Pillsbury Company
  • Red Devil, Inc
  • Shisheido

1873

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Church’s
  • Coors Brewing Company
  • Kohler Company
  • 1883
  • Armour Refrigerator Line
  • Bissel
  • Kroger

1888

  • De Beers
  • Michelin

1891

  • Hormel
  • Sears plc
  • Wrigley Company

1892

  • Abercrombie and Fitch
  • Eastman Kodak
  • General Electric
  • Hamilton Watch Company

1894

  • Hershey Company
  • Purina Mills

1895

  • Budwiser Budvar Brewery
  • Gillette (brand)
  • OskKosh B’Gosh
  • Reebox
  • Schwinn Bicycle Company
  • Swarovski

1896

  • Charles Stanley Group
  • Energizer Holdings
  • IBM
  • Tootsie Roll Industries

1898

  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Nabisco
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Walkers Shortbread

1899

  • Berdorf Goodman
  • Fiat
  • Kmart
  • Renault

1900

  • Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
  • Oscar Mayer
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