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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
6Odom Construction Systems
1430 Island Home Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-579-5015
odomconstruction.com
1883 / John R. Gilbert / NA
John R. Gilbert & Sons, Bert R. Gilbert Plastering Co., Gilbert Plastering & Painting Co.
Construction services: plastering, painting, drywall, vinyl wall coverings, acoustical, masonry, metal trusses
Bill Odom
President
7Rose-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
8Rowe 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
8Knoxville 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
8Jarnigan & 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
8Dempster 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
12Gouffon 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
13M. 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
14The 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
14Engert Plumbing & Heating
1715 Riverside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-524-2535
engert.biz
1891 / Frederic Engert / 65
NA
Plumbing & mechanical contractors
Donna Johnston
President2
1 Year of incorporation. Mill operations actually began around 1864; 2 Also James G. Johnston IV, corporate secretary
Source: Knoxville Chamber, Tenn. Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
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