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Knox County's Oldest Companies Ranked According to Year Established
Rank
'14
CompanyPhone
Website
Year est./Founder/Employees
Former company namesDescriptionTop local executive
1Crouch Florist & Gifts
7200 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-558-0011
crouchfloristandgifts.net
1865 / Charles W. Crouch / 25
C.W. Crouch Co., Crouch & Bro., The Crouch Co., Brockway Crouch Flower Craft
Florist and gift shop
Judi Brockman
John Brockman
President
Treasurer
2Gerdau Long Steel North America
1919 Tennessee Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-546-0102
gerdau.com/longsteel
18681 / Joseph and David Richards / 246
Knoxville Iron Co., Florida Steel, Gerdau AmeriSteel
Manufacture of concrete reinforcement bar
John Miller
VP, general manager
3Mayo Garden Centers
4718 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-1351
mayogardencenters.com
1878 / Daniel Redmond Mayo / 65
D. R. Mayo Seed Co.
Nursery/garden supplies
Claxton Mayo
President
4Fowler's Furniture
9630 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922
865-539-0036
fowlersfurnitureinc.com
1880 / Frank Fowler / 65
NA
Furniture retailer
Don Fowler
President, CEO
5AT&T
410 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Ste. 300
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-694-2114
att.com
1882 / Clarence Cary / 680
East Tennessee Telephone Co., The People's Telephone Co., Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph, Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph, South Central Bell, BellSouth
Telecommunications services
Alan Hill
Regional director, external affairs
6Rose-Mann's Mortuary
6200 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-8578
rosemortuary.com
1884 / Edward B. Mann, Richard Johnson / 35
Mann and Johnson, E.B. Mann Undertaking Co., Mann Mortuary, Mann's Heritage Chapel
Mortuary
R. Kent Marcum
President
7Rowe Transfer
5320 S. National Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-523-0421
rowetransfer.info
1886 / David P. Rowe / 27
NA
Building equipment contractors
Daniel Kaman
Owner
7Knoxville News Sentinel
2332 News Sentinel Drive
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-523-3131
knoxnews.com
1886 / John Hearne / 360
The Sentinel, Knoxville News
Publisher: newspapers, magazines, websites
Patrick Birmingham
President, publisher
7Jarnigan & Son Mortuary
2823 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-524-5575
jarnigansmortuary.com
1886 / Clem Jarnigan / 5
Jarnigan & Son Undertakers
Mortuary
Beal V. Bourne II
Peggy S. Bourne
Directors
7Dempster Machine Shop
1950 Laurans Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-522-3183
dempstermachine.com
1886 / James Dempster / 19
NA
Custom metal fabrication, industrial machinery
Ross E. Dempster
President
11Gouffon Moving & Storage Co.
1540 Amherst Road
Knoxville, TN 37909
865-584-8545
gouffon.com
1887 / Charles Gouffon / 48
Gouffon Transfer Co.
General freight trucking, moving & storage
Tom Gouffon
President
12M. Licht & Son
709 N. Hall of Fame Drive
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-523-5593
smsweetener.info
1889 / Max Licht / 6
NA
Manufacture of artificial sweeteners
Richard M. Licht
President
13The H.T. Hackney Co.
502 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-546-1291
hthackney.com
1891 / Henry Tate Hackney / 250
NA
Wholesale grocery distributor, convenience stores, food & beverage manufacturing, furniture
William B. Sansom
Chairman, CEO
13Engert Plumbing & Heating
1715 Riverside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-524-2535
engert.biz
1891 / Frederic Engert / 65
NA
Plumbing & mechanical contractors
Donna Johnston
President2
15Knoxville Bicycle Hospital3
619 N. Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-951-0732
knoxbicyclehospital.com
1893 / M.L. Wolf / 9
Knoxville Bicycle Hospital, Greenlee’s Bike Shop and Small Engine Repair
Bicycle sales and repair services
David Houts
Managing partner
16Frantz, McConnell & Seymour
550 W. Main St., Ste. 500
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-546-9321
fmsllp.com
1896 / Howard Cornick, John Frantz, Charles M. Seymour / 32
Frantz & Hutchinson; Cornick, Wright & Frantz
Law firm
Arthur Seymour Jr.
Partner
17Stubley-Knox Litho Co.
1528 Island Home Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-523-4567
NA
1897 / Alfred Stubley, Samuel Jones / 4
Stubley Printing Co.
Lithography
Gib Ingram
President
18Thompson Photo Products
2019 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921
865-637-0215
thompsonphoto.com
1902 / James Thompson / NA
Thompson Brothers Commercial Photographers, Snap Shop
Imaging services, supplies, and hardware
Margaret Anne Thompson
President
19Fulton Bellows
2801 Red Dog Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-546-0550
fultonbellows.com
1904 / Weston Fulton / 132
Robertshaw Controls Co., Fulton Sylphon Co., Seibe, Fulton Bellows & Components
Hydro formed metal bellows and welded assemblies
Bryon Joganich
President, CEO
20Knox Stove Works
1318 Proctor St.
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-524-4113
knoxstove.com
1905 / Hugh Wheeler Sanford, Alfred Day / 6
Sanford-Day Iron Works
Coal- and gas-burning stoves
Joe Anderson
Sales manager
21House-Hasson Hardware Co.
3125 Water Plant Road
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-525-0471
househasson.com
1906 / C.S. Hasson, Sam House / 350
NA
Hardware distributor
Don Hasson
President
22Tindell's Building Materials
7751 Norris Freeway
Knoxville, TN 37938
865-925-9217
tindells.com
1907 / Fate Tindell / 96
NA
Building supplies and millwork
Carl Tindell
Johan van Tilburg
Chairman
Pres., CEO
22O.P. Jenkins Furniture Co.
209 W. Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-522-9632
opjenkinsfurniture.com
1907 / OIiver Perry Jenkins / 30
NA
Furniture and home accessories retailer
Terry and Meg Troutman
Owners
24JBLCo.
1040 Dutch Valley Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918
865-522-8686
jblco.com
1908 / Roy V. Myers, William Whaley / NA
Myers-Whaley Co., John B. Long Co.
Sampling, weighing and automation technology for mining and bulk material handling
Steve Campbell
President
24Bush Brothers & Co.4
1016 E. Weisgarber Road
Knoxville, TN 37909
865-588-7685
bushbeans.com
1908 / A.J., Fred, Claude Bush / 500
Bush Beans
Manufacture of food products
Jim Ethier
Tom Ferriter
Chairman
CEO, President
26John Beretta Tile
2706 Sutherland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-523-0762
johnberettatileco.com
1910 / J.W. Beretta / 8
Indestructible Marble & Mosaic Tile Co., Indestructible Mosaic & Tile Works
Tile distributor and retail sales
Vivian Beretta
Sandra Greaney
Pres., treasurer
Secretary
27Reeder Chevrolet
4301 Clinton Highway
Knoxville, TN 37912
865-687-7710
reederchevy.com
1912 / Claude S. Reeder Sr. / 90
Cherokee Motor Co.
Automobile dealership
Tom Blake
Owner
28Rock-Tenn
1605 Prosser Rd # 4
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-540-1454
rocktenn.com
1913 / L.A. (Alex) Hickman, J.H. (James) Hickman / 42
Knoxville Paper Box Co., Tennessee Paper Mills
Paperboard, packaging and marketing solutions; recycling services
Matt Glastetter
General manager
28Ready Mix USA5
2209 Blount Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-573-4501
readymixusa.com
1913 / A.M. Hewlett / 65
Holston Zinc Co., American Limestone Co., American Smelting and Refining Co. (ASARCO), Rinker Materials, ReadyMix USA
Ready mix concrete
Joe Fowler
General manager
30R.T. Clapp Of Knoxville
2045 E. Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-524-1241
rtclappknox.com
1914 / R.T. Clapp / NA
NA
Automotive service and repair
NA
NA
30Johnson & Galyon Construction
1130 Atlantic Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-688-1111
johnsongalyon.com
1914 / A.H. Whisman / 95
Whisman Construction, Johnson & Willard
General contractors
Doug Kennedy
CEO
1 Year of incorporation. Mill operations actually began around 1864; 2 Also James G. Johnston IV, corporate secretary; 3 In 2012, Greenlee's Bike Shop and Small Engine Repair split into two companies, Knoxville Bicycle Hospital and Edwards & Greenlee Mower Shop; 4 Source declined to participate. Information from East Tenn. Economic Development Agency; 5 Bought by CEMEX in 2011, but still operating under Ready Mix USA name
Source: Knoxville Chamber, Tenn. Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
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