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Laird Norton Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

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 yea...

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Kiolbassa Provision Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Rufus and Juanita Kiolbassa founded a meatpacking company in San Antonio, Texas, in 1949. They sold their [[{"fid":"11272","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt...

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IDEAL Industries Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

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 proces...

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Hussey Seating Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

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 Industri...

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Herschend Enterprises

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Atlanta-based Herschend Enterprises is the operating business of the Herschend family. It encompasses four divisions, all focused on providing wholesome family entertainment. The divisions are parks a...

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Flanagan Foodservice Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Flanagan story dates back to 1977, when Joe and Dee Flanagan opened a retail grocery store operated out of 5,200 square feet of space with three employees and 500 products. Joe Flanagan recognized...

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Elkay Manufacturing Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company was founded in 1920 by Leopold Katz, his son Louis and a tinsmith, Ellef Robarth. Today, the company operates more than 20 locations in the United States and overseas...

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E. Ritter & Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

E. Ritter & Company, founded in 1886 in Marked Tree, Ark., encompasses two business divisions. Ritter Agribusiness owns farmland and operates in farm management and specialty crops (raising fruits...

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The Duchossois Group

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The business was founded in 1916 by A.J. Thrall and his brother-in-law as Thrall Car Manufacturing Company, a freight care component repair shop. The company evolved from repairing car components to r...

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Dot Foods Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Robert (RT) and Dorothy Tracy founded a small company in 1960 to sell milk powder and other food supplies to dairies and ice cream plants. At first, the company was called Associated Dairy Products Co...

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Day & Zimmermann

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Day & Zimmermann, based in Philadelphia, offers services to the engineering, construction and maintenance, staffing and defense industries. The company operates from more than 150 locations global...

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Crescent Electric Supply Co.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Crescent Electric Supply Company, a wholesale electric supply distribution company based in East Dubuque, Ill., was founded in 1919 by Titus B. Schmid and today serves the electrical, commercial const...

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The Clemens Family Corporation

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Clemens Family Corporation, founded in 1895, is headquartered in Hatfield, Pa. The company employs more [[{"fid":"11258","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_a...

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Bush Brothers & Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The company that makes BUSH’S BEST brand canned baked beans was founded in 1908 by A.J. Bush. Today Bush Brothers & Company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with production locations in Che...

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The Biltmore Company

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

George Washington Vanderbilt came to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C., in 1888 and built a grand estate, where he lived with his family. Biltmore House, the main residence, is America’s l...

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The Agnew Family Enterprise

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The Agnew Family Enterprise was founded when Samuel A. Agnew joined the Eastern Railway & Lumber Company in 1903.[[{"fid":"11255","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_ima...

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A. Duda & Sons Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Founded by Andrew Duda in 1926 as a celery farm, DUDA is now a diversified family enterprise based in Oviedo, Fla., with holdings in 19 states. The business has four main pillars of operations: Duda F...

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Celebrating 30 Exceptional Families

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Family Business honored 30 outstanding family businesses:A. Duda & Sons Inc.The Agnew Family EnterpriseThe Biltmore CompanyBush Brothers & CompanyT...

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A higher calling

Published July 2, 2019 Hedda Schupak | Feature Article

The year was 1982. After an antitrust lawsuit that had dragged on for eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice mandated that AT&T Corp. end its vertically integrated monopoly on telephone servi...

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The pros and cons of debt

Published July 2, 2019 Maureen Milford | Feature Article

For many family business owners, debt is a four-letter word that’s synonymous with risk, vulnerability and outside control.Take Gregory Pettinaro, managing partner of Pettinaro Enterprises, a real e...

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