In any industry, there are a few companies that stand out from the competition. Since before the industrial age, companies and organizations have distinguished themselves through innovation, superior strategy, flawless tactical execution - and sometimes, just plain hard work. This website is your portal to the background story and current information on thousands of these noteworthy companies.

Here are just a few of the interesting facts covered on this website:

  • Multi-billion dollar MLM (multi-level marketing) giant Amway began in the 1920s as a partnership between two high school students.
  • Iconoclastic entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., got their start with $12,000 in financing and a $5 correspondence course in how to make ice cream.
  • Exxon Mobil, the second largest oil company in the world, traces its roots to John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Corporation.
  • Retail giant and big-box pioneer Wal-Mart has drawn criticism from U.S. trade groups for its benefits and salary packages, while its UK-based subsidiary has been voted a top-ten employer in several national surveys.
  • In the 1940s, before BIC Pen Corporation revolutionized the industry, ball-point pens sold for $12.50 each.

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Airlines & Air Transport

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Architects, Architectural Firms

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Beer, Wine, & Liquor

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Beverage Products (Non-Alcoholic)

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Book and Music Stores

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Broadcasting

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Business Services

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Cars & Motor Vehicles

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Chemical Products Manufacturing

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Clothing and Apparel

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Clothing Stores

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Coal & Mineral Mining

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Computers & Electronics

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