The 2009 Inc. 5000: Top 10 Oldest Companies

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Garland Industries, Founded 1895

Rank: No. 4,104
Location: Cleveland, OH
Revenue: $230.1 million

Jacob B. Wise bought the Garland Refining Company in 1895 with $100 borrowed from his older brother, then moved the outfit to downtown Cleveland and dropped the "Refining." In 1917, his patent for roofing compositions was approved, beginning a long history of innovation culminating in today's focus on sustainability and green technology.