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Famous companies named after their founders

In preparation of Harris' "A Century of Service" Celebrations, we took a quick look into other famous brands named after their founders. There are hundreds, if not thousands of course but we narrowed it down to 10. Here's what we found:

Company: Adidas | Founder: Adolf “Adi” Dassler

Sneakers legend Adidas was founded on 18 August 1949 by Adolf Dassler, following a family feud at the Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik company between him and his older brother Rudolf. Rudolf had earlier established Puma, which quickly became the business rival of Adidas. Both the Adidas and Puma companies still remain based in Herzogenaurach, Germany to this day.

Company: Audi | Founder: August Horch ("Horch", meaning "listen" in German, becomes "audi" in Latin)

Pretty creative name, huh! By the way, the four rings of the Audi logo each represent one of four car companies that banded together to create Audi's predecessor company, Auto Union. Audi, now a majority owned Volkswagen subsidiary, remains among the best-selling luxury automobiles in the world.

Company: Bacardi | Founder: Don Facundo Bacardí Massó

Family-owned Bacardi was founded in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, and employs nearly 6,000 people and sells in more than 150 countries globally. Facundo Bacardí revolutionized rum as a spirit and the rum-making process by creating a smooth, light-bodied spirit – what the world now knows BACARDÍ rum.

Company: Ben & Jerry’s | Founders: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

With a combined life savings of $8000 and a bank loan of $4000, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield leased an old gas station building in Burlington, Vermont, and opened their popular ice cream business on May 5, 1978.

Company: Bose Corporation | Founder: Amar Bose

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, Bose Corporation is an American privately held corporation that specializes in audio equipment.

Company: Cadbury | Founder: John Cadbury

Cadbury was founded in 1824. John Cadbury opened a grocer’s shop and among other things, he sold cocoa and drinking chocolate, which he prepared himself using a pestle and mortar. The Cadbury manufacturing business was born in 1831, when John Cadbury decided to start producing on a commercial scale.

Company: Dodge | Founders: Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge

Founded in in 1900, Dodge was originally a supplier of parts and assemblies for Detroit-based automakers and began building complete automobiles in 1915, predating the founding of Chrysler Corporation. The Dodge brand has withstood the multiple ownership changes (Dillon, Read & Co, Chrysler, a short-lived merger with Daimler-Benz, sale to Cerberus Capital Management, 2009 bailout by the United States government, and its subsequent Chapter 11 bankruptcy and acquisition by Fiat.)

Company: Nestlé | Founder: Henri Nestlé

Nestle history begins back in 1866. In Vevey, Switzerland, founder Henri Nestlé, a German pharmacist, launched his Farine lactée, a combination of cow’s milk, wheat flour and sugar, saving the life of a neighbor’s child. Nestlé's products today include baby food, bottled water, breakfast cereals, coffee, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, pet foods and snacks.

Company: Tupperware | Founder: Earl Tupper

Tupperware brand products made their debut in 1946. Just prior to its consumer introduction in 1946, inventor Earl Tupper's plastics-like materials of many manufacturers were dedicated to the war effort. For 60 years, Tupperware brand products have closely followed rollercoaster trends from the suburban movement to the 60's feminist revolution to '90s "cocooning".

Company: Harris Construction Supplies | Founder: Arthur H. Harris

Founded in 1916, A.H. Harris & Sons started as a small trucking company in New Britain, Connecticut. 20 years later, the company expands into the construction sector and by mid-century they run multiple locations in New England. In the 1960, Art’s four sons take over the business and by the end of the century, Harris Construction Supplies has a presence in most states along the U.S. East Coast. In 2016, the now privately held organization will celebrate 100 years of service.

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(For a much larger list see: Some stats originally published by




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