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  • St. Thomas

    Hernand Behn’s dream was to build the first worldwide system of interconnected telephone lines.

  • England
    Pitney Bowes

    Bowes made up for his lack of formal education with savvy salesmanship

  • Switzerland
    Honeywell International
    Ranked 73 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    Albert Butz invented the thermostat, which created a whole new industry.

  • Scotland
    TIAA and United States Steel
    Ranked 79 and 222 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    Andrew Carnegie’s steel company produced more metal than all of Great Britain in 1900.

  • Canada
    International Paper and Veritiv
    Ranked 133 and 347 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    Under Hugh Chisholm’s leadership, International Paper controlled 60 percent of the American newsprint market.


  • France
    DuPont de Nemours
    Ranked 35 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    DuPont was an early “transnational” business relying on knowledge, equipment and capital raised in France.

  • England

    Helen Greiner’s love of robots started with R2D2 in Star Wars.


  • Scotland
    Ranked 177 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    Emerson sold the first electric fans in America, invented by two orphans from Scotland.


  • Scotland
    PPG Industries
    Ranked 205 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    John Pitcairn Jr. dropped out of school at age 14 and went on to create an industrial giant, PPG Industries.

  • England
    General Electric
    Ranked 21 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    Elihu Thomson was a multifaceted scientist, inventor and engineer who held nearly 700 patents.

  • Germany
    Ranked 406 in the 2019 Fortune 500

    The New York Times credited Weyerhäuser’s incredible success to “German regularity, caution, thrift, industry and perseverance.”