Founder Elisha D. Smith acquired a small, struggling pail factory in Menasha, Wis., in 1852. Over time, he and his descendants transformed their woodenware offerings to keep up with changing markets. The company began producing corrugated boxes in 1927 and added plastic pallets in 1955. Today, Menasha Corporation, based in...Read more
Mannington Mills Inc.
With headquarters in Salem, N.J., where it’s been since 1915, Mannington Mills Inc. manufactures a diverse line of commercial and residential flooring. It employs about 2,700 associates worldwide and has operations in six states as well as the United Kingdom.
MacLean-Fogg, founded in 1925 in Mundelein, Ill., as a manufacturer of nuts and bolts, primarily for railroad cars, now makes engineered components for the electrical, telecommunications and automotive industries. The...Read more
Lyles Family Enterprise
Bill Lyles Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth, founded W.M. Lyles Co., a pipeline construction business, in the oil fields of Avenal, Calif., in 1945. In the 1970s, the family leaders began diversifying by investing in multifamily housing and development, and in the 1980s they acquired their first manufacturing company. Following...Read more
Lundberg Family Farms
The Lundberg family has been producing rice and rice products since 1937, growing healthy, great-tasting rice while respecting and sustaining the earth. Today, the third and fourth generations carry on the family heritage by using eco-positive farming methods that produce wholesome, healthful rice, rice cakes, rice chips, entrées and side...Read more
The family enterprise, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., develops land and builds, manages, sells and leases commercial real estate, apartments and hotels. Lloyd Enterprises works for third-party groups and maintains...Read more
Laird Norton Company
The Laird Norton Company was started in 1855, when William Harris Laird and his cousins Matthew G. Norton and James Laird Norton founded a small milling operation in the Midwest. Over the next 150 years, the company evolved from milling and manufacturing to timberlands and forest products to building products...Read more
Kiolbassa Provision Company
IDEAL Industries Inc.
IDEAL Industries, founded in 1916 in a kitchen, is now a global, diversified business. The company, based in Sycamore, Ill., designs and manufactures products and tools for the electrical, wire processing, data ...Read more
Hussey Seating Company
William Hussey, inventor of an innovative plow, founded Hussey Plow Company in 1835. The company survived a fire in 1895 and reinvented itself several times as plow demand declined during the Industrial Revolution. The business began to focus on seating in the 1930s, when Philip Hussey recognized the potential of...Read more