What is Kent WA known for

The birthplace of business legends.

A strong indicator of the strength and resilience of a state economy is the number of companies that have achieved the rare status of being in business for centuries, not decades. Below is a list of 175 companies that have achieved this legendary status and survived countless changes in markets and historical fluctuations in the economy to show that they are true business legends. If we missed a deal, please let us know in an email.

1800s

1855 - Laird Norton Co., Seattle - Private Equity and Venture Capital
1859 - Providence Health & Services, Renton - Healthcare
1864
- Port Blakely Cos., Seattle - Land and Resource Management
1868 - Bonney-Watson Co., Sea-Tac - Funeral and Crematorium Services
1869 - Baker Boyer Bank, Walla Walla - financial services
1875 - Lane Powell PC, Seattle - Legal Services
1882
 - MultiCare health system - health care
1883 - Jensen Distribution Services, Spokane - hardware wholesaler
1883 - Small Skookum shellfish farmers, Shelton - seafood supplier
1884 - Witherspoon Kelley, Spokane - legal services
1885 - Jack's Country Store, Ocean Park - general merchant
1886 - Merrill & Ring, Seattle - timber industry
1887 - Owens meat, Cle Elum - butcher
1888 - Burkhart Dental Supply, Tacoma - Dental Equipment & Supplies
1889 - Avista Corporation, Spokane utility
1889 - Clise Properties, Inc., Seattle - Property Management
1889 - Foss Maritime, Tacoma - sea transportation and logistics
1889 - Holaday Parks processors, Tukwila - mechanical contractor
1889 - OB Williams, Seattle - Mill Labor
1889 - Seattle Boiler Works, Seattle - Metal Processors
1889 - Seattle-Tacoma Box, Kent - packaging
1889 - The Brick Saloon, Roslyn - Food & Drink
1890 - Banner bank, Walla Walla - financial services
1890 - Spanaway Exchange Tavern - Spanaway
1890
- Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage, Seattle - Moving & Storage
1890 - Haskell Corp., Bellingham - design & manufacture
1890 - Dealer café, Seattle - Food & Drink
1890 - Merrill Gardens, Seattle - Seniors Communities
1890 - Stanwood Hotel, Stanwood - Accommodation & Restaurants
1890 - Taylor Shellfish Farms, Shelton - seafood supplier
1891 - Minnick-Hayner, Walla Walla - Legal advice
1891 - Franciscan Health Systems, Tacoma - Healthcare
1891 - Washington Shoe Company, Kent - shoe manufacturer
1892 - The HO Seiffert, Co., Everett - Real Estate Investment
1893 - Newman Burrows, Tukwila - commercial publishing
1894 - Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Tacoma - Legal Services
1894 - Continental Escrow Company, Seattle - Fiduciary Services
1894
 - Knutzen farm, Burlington - potatoes
1895Aldrichs Market, Port Townsend - grocery store
1896 - Fitterer's, Inc., Ellensburg - furniture store
1896 - Northwest Laboratories of Seattle, Inc., Seattle - tents
1896 - Rainier Industries, Tukwila - Displays, Shades & Shelter
1896 - The Seattle Times Co., Seattle Newspaper
1896 - Shelburne Hotel, Long Beach - Accommodation
1897 - CC Filson, Co., Seattle - Apparel
1897 - Nautical care for the captain, Seattle - nautical outfitter
1897 - Horizon distribution, Yakima - agricultural and industrial supplies
1897 
- Morse steel, Bellingham - Steel Manufacture
1898
- Bargreen Coffee Co., Inc., Everett - coffee roaster
1898 - Dunbar Jewelers, Inc., Yakima - jewelry
1898 - Joe's place, Bucoda - Eating & Drinking
1898 - Mutually owned by Enumclaw Insurance Co., Enumclaw - Insurance Products
1898 - Olympia Oyster Co., Shelton - seafood wholesaler
1898 - Stanwood-Camano News, Inc., Stanwood Newspaper
1899 - Anderson & Middleton Corp., Tumwater - Wood & Wood Products
1899
- John Peth & Sons, Arch - Shipping & Freight
1899 - Ye Olde Curio Shop, Seattle - tourist attraction

1900s

1900 - Merlino Foods, Seattle - Groceries
1900 - Ewing & Clark, Seattle - Real Estate
1900 - Hallidie Machinery Company, Inc., Enumclaw - machines for the metal industry
1900 - Mutual materials, Bellevue - Masonry & Landscape Products
1900 - PSF Industries, Seattle - Metal Processors
1900 - Ritzville Drug Co., Ritzville - Pharmacy
1900 - University bookstore, Seattle - Textbooks & Office Supplies
1900 - TW Carrol & Co., Tukwila - Luggage & Travel Accessories
1900 - Weyerhaeuser, Seattle - Land Management
1901 - Campbell's Resort, Lake Chelan - Recreation & Tourism
1901 - Nordstrom, Seattle Department Store
1901 - Star Rentals, Seattle - Equipment Rentals
1901 - The McGregor Co.., Colfax - Agricultural Products & Advice
1902
- Black Diamond Bakery, Black Diamond baked goods
1902 - State Bank Northwest, Spokane Valley - Financial Services
1902 - Turner & Pease, Seattle - Wholesale dairy products
1902 - Washington Trust Bank, Spokane - Financial Services
1903 - Arlington Hardware & Lumber, Inc., Arlington - building materials
1903 - Carman Manufacturing, Co., Tacoma furniture
1903
- Gray Lumber Co., Tacoma - building products
1903 - Helliesen Lumber & Supply, Yakima - building material
1903 - Lucks Food Decorating Company, Tacoma - edible food decorations
1903 - Keyes Packaging Corp., Wenatchee - molded fiber packaging
1903 - State Security Bank, Centralia - financial services
1903 - The Napoleon Co., Bellevue - gourmet food importers
1904 - AAA Washington, Bellevue - Automobile and Member Services
1904 - Karr Tuttle Campbell, Seattle - law firm
1904 - NA Degerstrom, Inc., Seattle - general contractor
1904 - Seattle Railcar Company (Nucor Steel), Seattle - Steel Products
1904 - The Bartell Drug Co., Seattle - Retail Pharmacy
1905 - Automatic Wilbert Vault Co., Inc., Tacoma - burial vaults & urns
1905 - Modern Electric Water Co., Spokane Valley utility
1905
- Paccar, Inc., Bellevue - commercial vehicles
1905 - Petersen Brothers Inc., Sumner - contract and equipment rental / sale
1905 - The Wenatchee world, Wenatchee Newspaper
1906 - Almira Farmers Warehouse, Co., Almira - Grain Wholesaler
1906
 - Hedlin's Farm, Mt. Vernon - Fresh Fruits & Products
1906 - Mills Bros. men's clothing, Wenatchee - Men's Clothing
1906 - Olympia Federal Savings & Loan, Olympia - financial services
1907 - American Messenger Services (UPS), Seattle - delivery service
1907 - Ballard Sheet Metal Works, Inc., Seattle - Metalworking
1907 - Bekins Moving & Storage Co., Mountlake Terrace - Moving & Storage
1907 - Blue Star Growers, Cashmere Storage & Storage
1907
- Dunn Lumber, Seattle - Building Materials
1907 - Markey Machinery Co. Inc., Seattle - custom deck machinery and equipment
1907 - Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel Co., Seattle - Sand & Gravel
1908 - Bank of Fairfield, Fairfield - Financial Services
1908 - Commercial Dairy Co., Spokane - food ingredients
1908 - K&H Printers-Lithographers, Inc., Everett - printing services
1908 - Kitsap Bank, Kitsap County - Financial Services
1908 - Lamont Bank of St. John, St. John - Financial Services
1908 
- Spokane Seed Co., Spokane - dried peas & lentils
1908 
- Whidbey Telephone Co., Langley - Telecommunications
1908
 - Yakima Bindery & Printing, Yakima - office supplies & printing
1909
- Daily Ellensburg Record, Inc., Ellensburg - newspaper
1909 - Johnson Cox Co., Inc., Tacoma - Commercial Printing
1909 - Rex Land Co., Redmond - Home Construction Services
1909
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Seattle - Financial Newspaper
1909 - Wilcox family farms, Roy - eggs
1910 - Albert Jensen & Son, Inc., Friday Harbor Shipyard
1910 - City Lumber & Coal Yard, Dayton - Landscaping
1910
- Farmers New World life insurance, Mercer Island Insurance
1910 - Gebbers Farm, Inc., Brewster - Fruit Growers & Processors
1910 - Inland Empire Paper Co., Spokane - paper products
1910 
- JJ Benner Oyster Co., Federal Way - mussel producer
1910 
- Kong Yick Investment, Co., Seattle - Investment Services
1910
- North Star Glove Co., Tacoma work gloves
1910 - Ocean Beauty Seafood, Seattle - seafood wholesaler
1910 - RJ Martin mortgage, Spokane - Mortgage Services
1910
- Washington Fruit & Produce Co., Yakima - producers and distributors
1911 DG Parrott & Son - Machine shop
1911 - LG Isaacson Co., Aberdeen - Mill & Industrial Supplies
1911
- Kelleher Motor Co., Ellensburg - vehicle dealer
1911 - Kroll Map Company, Seattle - Maps & Card Making
1911 - Lornty Investment Co., Mercer Island - Investment Services
1911 
- Pocock Racing shells, Everett - racing boats
1911 - Redmond State Bank - financial services
1911 - RH Brown, Co., Seattle - material handling and equipment supplier
1911 - Riblet Tramway, Co., Spokane - trams and chair lifts
1912
- Ben Bridge Jewelers, Seattle - jewelry
1912 - Blackstock Lumber Co., Inc., Seattle - Building Materials
1912 - Cowles Company, Spokane - Newsprint, Media & Real Estate
1912
- Fox's Gem Shop, Seattle - jewelry
1912 - Gebbers farms, Brewster - fresh fruit
1912
 - Kristoferson Farm, Camano Island - manufacturer of agriculture and food
1912 - Lummi Island Land Co., Lummi Island - real estate
1912
- National Frozen Foods Corp., Seattle - frozen food maker
1912 - Northern Fish Company, Tacoma - seafood supplier
1912 - Pacific Lamp & Supply Co., Seattle - Lighting Products & Accessories
1912 - Pacific Mutual Door, Olympia - door and window supplier
1912
- Perkins, Coie, Seattle - law firm
1912 - Rainier Connect, Tacoma - Telecommunications & Media
1912 - Roman Meal Company, Tacoma - Wholesale Bakery
1912 - Simpson Door Company, McCleary - door manufacturer
1912 - Three girls bakery, Seattle - retail bakery
1913 - Alaskan Copper Companies, Inc., Kent - Metal Products & Processing
1913 - Alderbrook Resort & Spa, Union - Hospitality & Tourism
1913 - Buffelen woodworking, Tacoma - door manufacturer
1913 - Hoffman Music Co., Spokane - Music Store & Instruments
1913 - Electric at home, Seattle - Cabling Services
1913
 - Core funeral home, Mount Vernon - Funeral Home
1913 - Ship supply and hardware, Anacortes - ship supplier
1913 - Moss Adams, Seattle - accounting firm
1913 - Murray Pacific Corp., Tacoma - timber and land management
1913
- Six Robblees, Inc., Tukwila - truck accessories
1913 - Spokandy, Spokane - chocolate
1914 - Apple King LLC, Yakima - fruit producer
1914 - Brown & Brown, Seattle Insurance
1914
- Brown & Haley, Tacoma - confectionery manufacturing
1914 - Peter Pan Seafood - Seafood manufacturer
1915 - Central Washington Health Services, Wenatchee - Healthcare
1915
 - Farmer's State Bank, Winthrop - financial services
1915 - National Sign Corporation, Seattle - signage
1915 - Western Materials, Inc., Yakima - building materials
1916
 - The Boeing Company, Seattle - aircraft and aerospace products
1916 - Columbia & Okanogan Kindergarten, Wenatchee - Kindergarten
1916 
- Diehl Ford, Bellingham - Vehicle Sales
1916 
- Skinner Corp., Seattle - investment holding
1917
 - Globe machine, Tacoma - General Manufacturing
1917
 - Seattle lighting, Seattle - lighting systems
1917 - Tsue Chong Company, Seattle - Chinese Food
1917 - Pacific Iron & Metal - scrap metals
1918 - Darigold, Seattle - Dairy Products
1918 - The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., Seattle - Workforce Education
1918 - The Doty Group, Tacoma - Chartered Accountant
1919 - Lake Union dry dock, Seattle Shipyard
1920 - UMC, Inc., Mukilteo - manufacture
1921 - Volksbank, Lynden - Financial Services