The Corporate States of America

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corporate logo brandingThis is a map of “The Corporate States of America“. For each of the fifty states (and the District of Columbia), I selected a corporation or brand that best represented the states. My criteria are subjective, but in each case, I picked a brand that a) has ties to that state and b) is still in business (as of 2013).

Post courtesy of Steve Lovelace: http://steve-lovelace.com


The smaller states can be hard to read, so here is a complete list of the companies featured:

Alabama Saks The modern Saks descends from a company called Proffitt’s, founded in Birmhingham in 1919.
Alaska Carrs Now part of Safeway, Carr’s was founded in Anchorage in 1950.
Arizona Best Western Best Western is headquarted in Phoenix.
Arkansas Walmart Walmart is based out of Bentonville.
California Apple Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Colorado Coors Now part of Molson Coors, Coors was founded in Golden in 1873.
Connecticut GE Founded in Schenectady, New York, GE is now headquarted in Fairfield.
Delaware DuPont E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company was founded in Eleutherian Mills in 1802.
District of Columbia C-SPAN C-SPAN is based out of Washington, DC.
Florida Hooters Hooters started in Clearwater in 1983.
Georgia Coca-Cola Coca-Cola is based out of Atlanta.
Hawaii Hawaiian Airlines Founded as Inter-Island Airways in 1929, Hawaiian Airlines is based out of Honolulu.
Idaho Albertsons Albertson’s started in Boise in 1939. The modern company, started in 2006, is still based there.
Illinois CAT Caterpillar has been based out of Peoria since 1910.
Indiana Cummins The Cummins Engine Company started in Columbus in 1919.
Iowa Maytag Now part of Whirlpool, Maytag was founded in Newton in 1893.
Kansas Garmin Garmin started in Lenexa in 1989.
Kentucky Lexmark Spun off from IBM in 1991, Lexmark is based out of Lexington.
Louisiana Tabasco The McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco Sauce, is based out of Avery Island.
Maine L.L.Bean L.L.Bean was started in Freeport in 1912. It is still based there.
Maryland GEICO The Government Employees Insurance Company is based out of Chevy Chase.
Massachusetts Gillette Now part of Proctor and Gamble, Gillette was founded in Boston in 1901.
Michigan GM General Motors is based out of Detroit.
Minnesota Pillsbury Today owned by General Mills, Pillsbury was founded in Minneapolis in 1872.
Mississippi Peavey Peavey Electronics is based out of Meridian.
Missouri Anheuser-Busch Now part of AB InBev, Anheuser-Busch was founded in Saint Louis in 1852.
Montana Great Harvest Bread Company Great Harvest Bread Company was founded in Great Falls in 1976.
Nebraska Cabela’s Cabela’s is based out of Sidney.
Nevada Zappos Today part of Amazon.com, Zappos is based out of Henderson.
New Hampshire Timberland The Timberland Company is headquartered in Stratham.
New Jersey Campbell’s Campbell’s is based out of Camden.
New Mexico Allsup’s Allsup’s was founded in Roswell in 1956.
New York Verizon Today based out of Manhattan, Verizon is the descendent of several Baby Bells.
North Carolina Bank of America Bank of America is currently based out of Charlotte.
North Dakota Bobcat Now part of the Doosan Group, Bobcat is based out of West Fargo.
Ohio Wendy’s Wendy’s was founded in Columbus in 1969.
Oklahoma Sonic Sonic is based out of Oklahoma City.
Oregon Nike Nike is headquarted in Beaverton.
Pennsylvania Hershey’s The Hershey Company is based out of Pennsylvania, in a town called Hershey.
Rhode Island Hasbro Hassenfeld Brothers was founded in Providence in 1923. Today, Hasbro is based in Pawtucket.
South Carolina Denny’s Denny’s is based out of Spartanburg.
South Dakota Super 8 Super 8 opened its first motel in Aberdeen in 1974.
Tennessee FedEx FedEx is headquartered in Memphis.
Texas Dr Pepper Now part of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885.
Utah Sinclair Sinclair Oil Corporation is based out of Salt Lake City.
Vermont Ben & Jerry’s Now part of Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s was started in Burlington in 1978.
Virginia AOL AOL was founded in Vienna in 1991.
Washington Starbucks The first Starbucks opened in Seattle in 1971.
West Virginia Gino’s Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti was founded in Huntington in 1961.
Wisconsin Harley-Davidson Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee in 1903.
Wyoming Taco John’s Taco John’s is based out of Cheyenne.