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  1. AnonymousSauce Raisin Canesian

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    Also, since you inspired me, I'll post an airline one of my own:

    Zephyraire
    Conceived by New Orleans shipbuilding mandate Gary Chouest in the aftermath of the demise of AirTran Airways, and to take advantage of post-Katrina incentives to provide service out of Louis Armstrong International Airport, Zephyraire aims to use New Orleans's strategic location to connect Midwestern passengers to Florida and points in the Caribbean and business travelers from midsize Southern cities to destinations on the East Coast and Midwest. Its business model can be described as a blend of AirTran and Canadian airline Porter. It started out with a fleet of Bombardier Q400s and CRJ-700/900s, but had gradually been replacing those with the Airbus 200 series (the former Bombardier CS series)
     
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  2. God Emperor Truex The NASCAR guy here on AH

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    They are the ULCC for Delta. That is the reason they acquired them. They still however keep independent operations from them.
     
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  3. CountDVB Dual Emperor of the Aztech and Maychanical Empires

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    FEP Comics

    FEP Comics or Feature Entertainment Publications Comics was the result of a merger between Crestwood/Feature Publications and EC Comics. The merger was the result of the controversy arising as a result of the problems between Crestwood and the newly established Mainline comics. As such, Crestwood would merge with EC Comics, which would help EC Comics stay in business after they still boldly did the "Judgement Day" comic.

    However, FEP Comics would end up rising further into success when the Silver Age really begun and upon seeing the various things that Marvel and DC was doing with their comics, they decided to do the similar thing. Combining the various former Crestwood characters with the EC progressive touch, the result was the rise of many famous minority heroes. Atomic-Man had been redesigned to not have a known race, due to the result of their transformation into a nuclear powered entity, Black Owl would gain a new successor as an African-American hero, inspired by Batman and Blue Beetle with owl-themed tools, Green Lama would gain a new successor in a Tibetan man (something that resulted in a conflict with the original creator, who eventually came an agreement regarding designs and names) while Moon Woman (from Moon Girl) would rise to become the most prominent super heroine in comic books, matching Wonder Woman, though her lore and adventures happen in space rather than in myth. The four would be seen in a Justice League-like group with other characters like the super-speedster Blue Streak.

    FEP's appeal to various minorities had been maintain long-stream popularity and influenced many rising new artists and writers. Even now, it continues the trend, having beaten Marvel and DC comics to things like well-written LGTBQ characters, especially superheroes.
     
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  4. CountDVB Dual Emperor of the Aztech and Maychanical Empires

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    Canada BW Comics

    Various nations have differing companies or counterparts when it comes to various media outlets, including comic books. While the US's comic industry is dominated by Marvel and DC, one name is the primary source of comics over in Canada. None other than Canada BW Comics.

    Short for black/white, Canada BW Comics was founded as a merger between various Canadian comic companies, mainly Bell Features and Maple Leaf publishing. During World War 2, the so-called "Canadian Whites" had dominated the comic market due to American comics having been cut off within Canada. After the war and when American comics began flooding the market once more, Bell Features and Maple Leaf Publishing merged into Canada BW comics in the hopes of being strong enough to fight against the flooding of American comics. Using some connections, the comic industry also obtained subsidies from the government to help promote standards against their American counterparts.

    Canada BW Comics had some success with The Brain and Captain Canuck, but their largest bombshell was Nelvana of the Northern Lights. A powerful First Nations super heroine, she struck a chord with many people, especially minority women, who were underrepresented in comic books. Seeing this as their potential break, Canada BW went forward with creating and introducing more heroes of color and heroines to appeal. While finding initial modest success over in Canada itself, it would allow Canada BW Comics to grow a wider audience in the United States and later on in the Commonwealth nations. They also had a surprise audience in Mexico, who was inspired to make their own native heroes.

    DC and Marvel did not take much notice until the Civil Rights movement and beyond and noted how much of their potential audience they neglected. While they would success with some of their own minority heroes, Canada BW Comics found a niche and stayed there. Furthermore, they could not just have them be removed or restricted, due to the USA's free trade polices and stances. Alternately, the Canadian government found to be getting a good bit of prestige for investing in comic books as an art form. This also persuaded the government to provide subsidies in animation later on, initially starting with an animated adaptation of Nelvana, becoming the first heroine to get her own animated series (her comrade, The Brain, was the first to get his own tv show due to the more down-to-earth and basic world of his comics, thus requiring a lower budget.)

    In the current day, Canada BW comics has a strong standing in the greater Anglosphere with Nelvana being considered just as large a name as Batman or Superman.
     
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  5. TheMann Canuckwanker in Chief

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    OOC: This company existed in real life, though it is very different here of course :)

    Petro-Canada

    Founded: September 15, 1934
    Headquarters: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    After the discovery of oil in Canada in 1921, it was clear in the suddenly-wealthy Western Provinces of Canada that there had to be some way of making the potentially vast oil wealth work for the rest of the country. While natural resource funds were already well established in Canada by then, the Great Depression made things much more acute, particularly after the droughts of the 1930s added to the desperation on the Prairies. A desire for change is what ultimately led to the Progressive Party's victory in the 1933 elections and the National Economic Recovery Act of 1933, which began the process of reviving Canada's economic fortunes. The NERA and the acts that followed it had taken great inspiration from Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal south of the border and it showed, but the NERA also called on the government to use Canada's natural resource wealth for 'the benefit of the citizens of all of Canada'. As by the fall of 1933 the banking crisis in the United States and the years of the Depression had pushed a number of oil companies in Canada into insolvency, it was only natural that these companies would be the first to be the basis of Canada's national oil company, and starting in September 1934, that's exactly what happened.

    Petro-Canada was not without its detractors though, who referred to it as the 'Communists' oil company', and initially the Conservative party in Canada demanded that Petro-Canada almost from the start be returned to the private sector. Regardless of that, Petro-Canada's first bosses, Albertan Sir John Rossland and Texan William 'Big Bill' Masterson, proved to be more examples of Canada's 20th Century 'Empire Builders'. The company upon founding quickly built alliances with the Standard Oil Companies of New York and California and began the building both of New production in Canada but also new refining capacity. Ottawa's 1930s largesse made this possible, but even without this it was clear that Petro-Canada had the potential to be a juggernaut.

    World War II provided the first huge growth spurt, as supplying Canada (and after the Trans-Canada Pipeline was completed in February 1944, Britain as well) with both crude oil but also refined fuels for the war effort made the company a fortune. The company's massive Leduc, Airdrie, Winnipeg and West Toronto refineries all had their first operations during the war, and the company's alliances with the United States resulted in the company's first operations in the United States during this period.

    After the war, Petro-Canada rapidly expanded into many refining fields and alternative technologies, manufacturing plastics, chemicals and fertilizers as well as building up a network of over 8,000 gas stations in Canada. The company also began to build it's revolutionary synthetic fuel operations in the 1960s and began the building of the oil rigs for the Grand Banks and North Sea in 1970. Petro-Canada advocated for Canada to be part of OPEC (which didn't happen) and repeatedly expanded terminals and pipelines in the post-war era, completing the twinning of the original Trans-Canada Pipeline in 1959 and building several huge terminals and storage facilities in the 1950s and 1960s. The company acquired Sinclair Oil in 1964, massively expanding its reach into the United States.

    After the 1973 energy crisis and the massive growth of the finds available to the mammoth Petro-Canada, they began producing oil from the North Sea in 1975, its synthetic operations in 1977, the Grand Banks in 1980 and the Alberta oil sands in 1981, as well as purchasing BP's Canadian operations in 1982. The company expanded massively into other forms of energy as well as oil, including famously buying into uranium miner Cameco in 1981. Petro-Canada advocated for the National Energy Program in 1975-76 (OOC: This NEP is quite well liked in Alberta, as it made them a fortune) and built the Richmond, Shearwater and Montreal refineries in an attempt to make money on refining fuels rather than simple exploration. Petro-Canada joined Canadian National and Ontario Hydro and Hydro-Quebec by the 1980s as the massive Canadian crown corporations that could, and did, influence markets not just in Canada but in other parts of the world.

    Petro-Canada's influence today can be found across Canada. Petro-Canada's insistence on the use of Canadian shipbuilders for its tankers and shipping operations made it very popular with the builders on both coasts, and the company's vast R&D spending both results in Canada's best high-octane gasoline and low-sulfur diesel fuel but also high-grade lubricants and chemicals, and the company's perpetual improvements to its many refining complexes have steadily reduced their impacts on the world around them. The company and rivals Imperial Oil Canada and Royal Dutch Shell (in the case of the former over 40% of its stock is owned by Alberta's Wildrose Natural Resource Fund) are responsible for over 75% of Canada's fuel stations.
     
  6. Blorg Credit to comics I post is SMBC or flork of cows

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    HENABARY GENERAL INDUSTRIES Or HGI
    Founded in the year 1899 in ST. Johns ,Newfoundland by John Henabary (1861-1919) HGI began as a textiles factory but began to slowly expand and diversify but then WW1 struck and production boomed as they bought out small stores and factories for the war effort. By the end of the war they had produced 25 thousand uniforms, 15 thousand lee enfield rifles, and 130 packets of bandages and for all that they made a killing but came at a cost by mid 1917 15% of their employees had been conscripted or volunteered only 3% returned.
    POST GREAT WAR 1
    After the great war HGI went back to civilian products and then the great depression managed to force many of the pre war assets to be sold or shut down managed to cause John Henabary Jr to commit suicide (1883-1931) John Henabarys (Senior) other 5 sons tried to carve out their own little empires from the scraps only 3 managed to survive past a year. Earls Metal Works a series of 6 steel mills and 12 mines of various materials. Adams General Stores a proto version of chain stores you would be hard pressed to find a town on Avalon Peninsula who did not go to Adams for the goods they could not make themselves or trade for. Toms Textiles and Arms Toms kept the textiles and small arms part selling fabric to the hungry markets. As the three brothers company began to stabilize WW2 Began and caused a massive boom for Tom and Earls. The allied effort needed all the material they could get Earl just so happened own a LOT of metal. and led to the production of 21 transport vessels and 14 cruisers. Tom went right back where his father left off and produced 59 thousand uniforms and just as many rifles. Adam did not fair well after the war losing 2 sons but still having 3. The rationing and 30 percent left to war 17 percent came home this almost killed them off and caused them to close over half their stores.

    POST WW2
    Post war Earl bought most of Adams Assets But he would not all his work go to waste and went to central Newfoundland to make a new chain of his stores out of the sight of his former brother.
    When the Referendum came to join Canada or stay a British Dominion The only thing the Brothers could agree on was no matter what they would stay British and so but all their effort in propaganda and threats to employees if they did not vote stay they wouldn't stay. It worked by a slime margin of 51-49 and so the coarse of Newfoundland was changed again. Earl was the first to die much to his brothers joy in 1967 at the age of 87 1880-1967 . Not trusting his children to manage his assets he left it to his most trusted employee Sam Ryan and thus became Newfoundland Metal Works. Adam kept expanding his stores but found potential in a new technology in 1969 , computing he began his foray into this new industry by trying to create a computer to manage the book keeping a store chain of his size needed Computerized Clerk machine short form CCM (catchy I know ) it failed on the first attempt but a encouraging failure so in 1973 CCM v6 worked and gained prestige for his chain of stores and gave a new product to sell this would be the shape for things to come for his company. In 1974 Adam died of a sudden stroke at the age of 82 1892-1974 he left to his grandson named Earl much to his dismay Earl renamed it to Henabary Computer Industries despite still owning a chain of stores computing was becoming more and more of the companies new focus. Tom had 4 children 3 boys all three died in WW2 only his daughter Mary was the only surviving child . Tom moved away from small arms due to losing his sons to war and focused on Clothing and textiles creating a new brand of clothing for rich and poor alike he called it Ion Ware it boomed due to it's cheep price and comfortable fit but in 1979 Tom he caught a bad strain of the flu and so the last of brothers had died at the age of 84 1895-1979.

    POST BROTHERS

    After the death of the last of the brothers it caused a sense of loss of the past due to the large influence of the Henabary family in the history of the island. HCI was the first to make a move by releasing a series of personal computers known as HPC Henabary personal computer in 1983 that was a wild success in Newfoundland and some regions of wales but they wanted to have a MASSIVE success so after years of research released a cell phone in 1989 HPC mobile In the end it sold 1.2 million in Newfound, Canada And the still ruling UK. Ion ware fared well in the 90s with a new brand of shoes. Newfoundland Metal Works expanded to a point where they always had to be considered in economic policies due to the sheer numbers of employees. But one persons would change it all John Henabary-Brown great grandson of John Henabery 1 he was CEO of Ion ware and deiced to complete his ancestors work so began negotiations in 1997 to reunite the three companies and so in 1999 the three companies
    united Into Henabary General Industries And 68 years after the company split it reunited and brought a new era of prosperity to Newfoundland.
     
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  7. Kevin Renner Well-Known Member

    Bain Motor Works*
    1910 until present with plants in Wisconsin, South Carolina, Mississippi and Ohio. Subsideries in the UK, Canada. South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Jordan and India.
    Corporate and World Headquartes located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Engineering Development Division , Burlington, Wisconsin.
    US owned subsideries include Cummins Engines, Latrobe Steel .Timken Corporation, Gleason Machine Works. Nash and Nash Aviation, Lycoming Harnishfeger and Jaguar USA.
    Builders of heavy construction equipment, commercial trucks, machine tools, steel products, aircraft engines, passenger cars and trucks. Various other operations produce components for automobiles, lawn and garden equipment
    Edwin Bain began the BMW as a an out growth of the Bain Wagon Works in 1910 with the introduction of a gas powered farm wagon with a 15 bhp Jeffery engine. The model was a moderate success in the emerging truck market. In 1916 Bain and Jeffery teamed to produce the Jeffery built Quad four wheel drive transport. With over 10000 built by the end of WWI it gave both Bain and Jeffery considerable experience in the truck market as well as exposure. In 1920 Charles Nash bought Jeffery Motors and disolved further joint projects with BMW. Bain would continue to grow it's commercial truck line with improved 4WD models meant for heavy construction, oil field and mining use. In the early 1930s BMW began production of deisel engined trucks that provided heavier load capacity. These engines used Cummins six and four cylinder engines. The large federally funded construction project of the 1930s such as Boulder and Grand Coulee Dams along with TVA and other projects provided a much needed market during the Depression. As war clouds gathered over Europe the US Army's Transportation Corp asked for designs for a truck capable of towing the new M2 and M3 Gun Carriages equiped with either 8" or 155mm tubes plus their minimum needed ammunition. BMW and GMC both submitted designs with three axles. The GMC utilized two driven axles in the rear while the BMW used 6WD. Whilethe GMC design would receive the majority of orders the BMW was chooses to preform as the basic transport for heavy artillery batteries. BMW would come out of the war with new manufacturing facilities and in a strong position to profit from it's experience. In the early 1950s BMW began to grow beyond it's core market. The first acquisition was Timken Bearing and it's wholly owned Latrobe Steel. In 1955 BMW acquired a majority interest in Nash Motors. By 1959 Nash was competitive in the mid and full sized market. In 1962 Nash introduced the Sportabout. A small four passenger stylish coupe featuring a long hood and short deck. The Sportabout utilized a Nash inline all aluminum six with DOHC of 3 liters and a 4.2 liter OHV V-8. Within three months of it's introduction Nash was working two shifts, six days a week to meet demand. In 1964:Gleason was aquired in oder to ensure that BMW had access to industrial machinery needed for it's operations. During WWII Nash had built aircraft engines for Pratt and Whitney. Following the war Nash engineering began work on a geared gas turbine for aircraft use. This would develop into the Nash TS 2500. Used primarily in helicopters and light aircraft the design experience would bleed over into BMW's other markets. Eventually BMW would offer it's over the road trucks with Gas Turbine Electric Drive. These power plants were multifuel able operate on either diesel or kerosene. In the late 1970s as Harnishfeger struggled with a poor economy BMW aquired a majority ownership of the mining and construction equipment company. The opening of the coal fields of the Powder River Basin proved to be a gold mine for the company. In 1985 BMW aquired Lycoming to enhance it's position in the aviation powerplant market. In 1991 Jaguar entered into a partnership to build Jaguar designed vehicles in the US. While a relatielre small market the corporate unit produces hgh end luxury and sports vehicles.
    In the mid sixties flush with the cash from the sales of Sportabout Nash began the design of a commercial and passenger truck line. The first model was a full sized pick up to compete with the F150 and Chevy Fleetside. While sales were slow to build within five years Nash would pass Chrysler as the third largest producer of pick ups in the US.
    All through this time BMW had maintained a long and profitable relationship with Cummins. By 2001 BMW had aquired 40% of Cummins stock. In 2007 they aquired another 15%.
    Today BMW has a world wide reputation for building the best quality product in the markets they compete in. They also refuse to overbuild in their consumer markets.

    In 1964 sued Bavarian Motor Works for trademark infringement when the German automakers attempted to sell it's vehicles in the US. In an out of court settlement the German company agreed to reband it's foreign products as MWM due to the Bain Motor Works coming into existence 6 years previous to the German entity.

    Looking into the future BMW contnues to seek new market places. Nash Aviation is currently testing a family of liquid methane fueled rocket engines with a goal of 50 flights BTO. Gleason continues to build world class machine tools and power transmission products. Nash continues is position as a contender in luxury and sport market. It's current top offerings feature a 300 SHP gas turbine with 100 HP electric motors built into each wheel. These vehicles with all electric drive. Offer zero pollution in urban driving with an all electic range of 500 km. Latrobe continues develop high strength carbon .stainless, alloy and tool steels. Cummins continues to build diesel engines for the automotive, heavy equipment .and stationary engine markets. Their stationary engines currently are good for up to 1 million hours between overhauls. Recently BMW aquired a controlling interest in a company building waste water treatment equipment. As BMWs CEO said. "It's a growth market. Every year there's more people and they all poop. Somebody's got to clean up the mess"

    *Bain Motor Works is derived from Bain Wagon Works which missed the boat on introducing gas powered vehicles
     
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  8. Kevin Renner Well-Known Member

    RuralReVision, established 2012
    Headquarters 14250 Plymouth Road, Detroit, Michigan
    Current worth 530 T$US
    Mission, "To restore the rural and natural landscape"

    Started by the visionary Wallace Bower it began when he bought at auction 4 square blocks of burnt out houses on Detroit's west side. Aquiring the porperty for $400 he proceeded to tear the remaining structures down, rip out the foundations and remove the top three feet of soil. Refilling the property with high grade top soil from other building sites in 2015 Bower planted his first crop on what he called his Urban Farm. Specializng in high value produce grown in high density conditions by the end of the 2016 season he was in the Black. By 2021 he had expanded to three square miles of formerly blighted Detroit.
    In 2023 he began operations in GaryI, Indiana.
    By 2030 he had farming operations in 15 cities Nationwide.
    Offering work to young poor urban populations RuraoReVision gave young men and women path out of poverty, gangs, drugs and violence. No cure-all the cities where his operations were successful saw a decline in drug use, violent crime and murder rates. Building a base of skilled educated researchers he began research into improving food crops through selective breeding, cross breeding and minor genetic work. The company's first successful product was in 2035 with the introduction of swheat. A cross between perennial Switch Grass and Winter Wheat it offered farmers especially in the third world a perennial cereal crop that did not require a complete reseeding every year. In the years following RuralReVision continued to introduce new food crops. While some were failures others saw success. Wisteria was bred with grapes, strawberries, and blueberries to create Grasteria, strawsteria and Bluesteria. Providing higher yields in less space these crops began a revolution in vertical farming.
    In 2040 following the death of Bower in a skiing accident the company purchased the old Pan Am building in New York. Their they began converting the structure into a combination of vertical farming integrated with it's own urban village. While not self sufficient the building operated at a considerably lower enviromental impact than average.
    These operations would be repeated by the company in other buildings and other cities. They would also be copied by competitors.
    In 2053 with the founding of the first non government run research facilities on Luna RuralReVision was chosen to head up the environmental division of the faciliy.
    Today 130 years later RRV continues to be a global layer in environmental remediation of former industrial sites on Earth, providing food and environmental systems systm wide and in the feeding of 13 billion human beings.
     
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  9. Green Painting Ship of Theseus

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    Chinese Great Atlantics Company
    大西洋公司

    Commonly referred to as “The Kongsi”, it was a company set up by the Great Shun Dynasty of Northern China for trade and colonialism in Europe and North Africa.

    The last remnant of the company’s rule in Europe ended in 1997, when the last Northern Chinese Legate (節度使) Tung Chee Hwa handed over his Atlantic Batons and Jade Seals of the City of Liverpool to Chris Patton, the Liverpool Chief Executive representing European Union of Republics.

    After the collapse of Ming and the failure of Qing conquests, China settled down into an uneasy truce between one Northern state and several southern ones, with the later paying tribute to the former.

    Shun was the last Major Chinese state to set up a state trade company. Unlike Hokkien and Cantonese companies, it did not start with a state bundling up a bunch of smaller family endeavors, but rather as an official institution right in the beginning, blessed by the old Emperor Li Zìchéng on his deathbed.

    Li Zicheng, who started it, did not even know the difference between Luzon and Spain. But as the Chinese states, Japan and Korea competed for trade with Europe over European steel, firearms, silver, craftsmen and Christian scholars.

    Patronage over prominent “Christian scholars” was a way for the increasingly christianized Chinese states to compete over prestige. Carl von Linné, for instance, was literally kidnapped by The King of Tungning to man his new University. Others came more voluntarily. Voltaire, for instance, came to Beijing in a Kongsi war junk, departing from Hamburg, together with envoys from several German city states.

    The Kongsi’s garrison in Europe never exceeded 100,000 during the entire 19th century, but as the Japanese took over Luzon and India, Hokkiens Northern America, Southern Ming South America, Da Xi Mainland Southeast Asia, and Guangdong the Nursantara, Northern Chinese sailors had to take the toughest road over the Cape to Europe.
     
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  10. God Emperor Truex The NASCAR guy here on AH

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    FAVIGNANO TOURISM
    Favignano Tourism is another company started by Jeff Favignano. He founded the company in 1998 in St. Louis with a small fleet of tour buses. He then was able to expand the company to other cities that AIRFAV flew to. Travellers who fly AIRFAV can include a tour of the city they are vacationing to with their airfare purchase at only about $15 extra. Now with their second hub in Orlando, they make a huge profit touring people around to such places like Disneyworld, downtown, and up to the lake in Sanford. Their buses are either black with a white logo, or white with a black logo.
     
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    Myspace-Vimeo

    A merger of Myspace and Vimeo that occurred in the late 2000s, it was done in the hopes of assisting one another when it came to their newer and more well-known competitors, such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and so on. As such, Myspace was better tuned for Vimeo and vice versa, though were otherwise independently run for the most part. While handling better than OTL, it did not truly ascend into glory until the middle of the 2010s, where the controversy surrounding Facebook and Youtube's incompetence had people go back to Myspace-Vimeo.

    While the merger would formally end due to new monopoly laws, they maintain close ties to where it's usual for them to refer as one another as different departments.
     
  12. God Emperor Truex The NASCAR guy here on AH

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    J&B TRUCKING
    Yet another company run by Turney and Favignano, this is a trucking company that is exclusively used by General Things to haul merchandise between warehouses and stores. The company not only hires drivers for their fleet, but also let owner operators work for them as well.

    [​IMG]
     
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  13. God Emperor Truex The NASCAR guy here on AH

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    RHINESTEINS
    Rhinesteins is a western wear store founded in 1967 in Fort Worth. Since then, they have grown to be THE western wear chain across America and Canada. They are mostly in Great Plains and Western States as well as in some areas of the southeast and some areas of the mid Atlantic. In Canada, they are in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They sponsor numerous rodeos including the PCRA. The company is employee owned with the manager of the Fort Worth store being head of the company as it is an honorary title. A board of directors is made up of managers representing districts. The company is planning on expanding again to Mexico, Australia and Brazil in the near future. Each year, they have a huge convention in Fort Worth where products are featured.
     
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  14. CountDVB Dual Emperor of the Aztech and Maychanical Empires

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    NORTHEAST PETROLEUM
    北東石油

    Northeast Petroleum is an Alyesqan (formerly Japanese) company found over in the Republic of Alyesqa. After Russia's attempts at selling Alaska failed, they would be forced to maintain the area up until they offered it up to the Japanese over as compensation in the Russo-Japanese War. Japanese settlers and poorer peoples were sent to the Alyesqan territories and would discover gold. The Alyesqan Gold Rush was surprisingly well-kept under wraps, the Japanese using the gold to fund their imperial desires while sending more prominent Japanese folks there, though preferring to send what were deemed lower-class peoples. Despite this, they were rather lax with their ruling and the natives, wary of the Japanese settlers, came to an agreement on land respects and practices. Alyesqa would become an intense hotbed of political activity with the growing radical reactionaryism in the mainland, many left-leaning Japanese fled to Alyesqa and broke off from the Japanese Empire, siding with the Americans.

    Traveling through Siberia, they assisting in going to the mainland though namely to assist Ainu resistance fighters. The Japanese were forced to renegotiate with the USSR, who saw it as their chance to focus more in Europe rather than deal with China. Alyesqan units would assist the Chinese against the imperial Japanese though they found them and Mao's forces insufferable and indeed suggested that the Chinese Democratic League was a better choice than either. indeed, the last year of freeing China had the US take direct control after Kai-Shek's surprising death.

    With the Cold War coming, the Alyesqan soldiers assisted in keeping peace in China and forming a Republic, with some of them bringing Chinese comrades and or brides with them back to Alyesqa. With the Gold Rush over, Alyesqa seem on the decline though they would recover with the discovery of natural gas and other fuels, helping to bring in revenue. Despite this, agreements with the natives had them work to maintain land agreements and much of the oil revenue would be invested into education.

    Northeast Petroleum being the most famous company, it was founded by various former veterans, some of whom been natives themselves. Responsible for helping to bring life to the colder parts of Alyesqa running, it's considered rewarding but hazardous work. They assisted in funding schools and technological programs that allowed Alyesqa to keep up with Japanese innovation though avoiding some of the other issues due to First Nation influence and later Chinese influence.

    Northeast Petroleum has been shifting focus since 2000 with the fall of the USSR, namely from petroleum products to potential geothermal powers, including potential renaming of the company.
     
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  15. Andrew Boyd Resident Rail Enthusiast

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    @Bomster

    Does Nintendo at least buy a controlling stake in Rare in your TL?
     
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  16. Andrew Boyd Resident Rail Enthusiast

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    The Wabash & Erie Railroad

    Founded in 1963, this railroad was the fusion of several struggling railroads in the Northeast and Midwest. Especially as the Pennsylvania Railroad, New York Central, Baltimore & Ohio, and Chesapeake & Ohio had long become key players.

    The railroad consisted primarily of the Wabash and Erie Railroads. But also several trunk lines around them, mainly the Detroit, Toledo, and Ironton, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, Pittsburgh & West Virginia, and the Western Maryland. During the 1970s and 80s however, the railroad would rapidly expand by purchasing lines that were being abandoned by their neighbors. Among them being the New York Central's secondary line from Peoria to Springfield, OH via Indianapolis, IN . As well as the PRR's lines from Columbus to Akron. Also purchased by them were several interurban right of ways in the Midwest that had been left unused sine the 1940s. Namely in the Midwest but also some in the Northeast.

    Today, the railroad is a small but robust company. Often transporting goods via faster routes than the NYC or PRR thanks to using lines with fewer grades in Pennsylvania. They also were among the first American railroads to use Land Ferries. Which were essentially trains where ntire trucks, tractor and all, are placed on flatbeds while the drivers rest in a coach near the back or front of the train until they reach their destination.

    No matter how strong the New York Central or Pennsylvania, or even the Baltimore & Ohio are, the W&E will always stay. Ready to serve the East where it can.
     
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  17. Bomster Dazed and Confused Gone Fishin'

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    Most likely yes
     
  18. Jono Well-Known Member

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    SABREL Engineering (Siemens-Alstom-BREL)

    Founded in 2018 after the rail arms of Siemens and Alstom merged with British Rail Engineering to compete with the threat from Chinese manufacturer's. Siemens had already been in partnership with BREL before the merger, owning 20% with British Rail owning the other 80. This merger made them the largest railway manufacturer in the world and British Rail the largest railway company in Europe.

    Ownership: Siemens 40%, Alstom 30%, BREL 30%.
     
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  19. Andrew Boyd Resident Rail Enthusiast

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    This one is for all my fellow rail enthusiasts out there like @TheMann. This is also in the context of many of my railroad ideas documented across the site so bare with me.

    Scholl-Jarrett Productions

    This company was founded in 1986 by two rail enthusiasts, Indianapolis native Leslie Jarrett, and Cincinnati-born Greg School.

    Born in Independence, Kansas, Jarrett spent his early years living a block from the Santa Fe depot. Many summer evenings (and some mornings), his parents would take him over to the depot to see the Santa Fe's "Tulsan" or "Oil City Flyer" make their station stops. Other memories include being invited up into the cab of a Great Northern F unit at Duluth (Minnesota) Union Station, riding New York Central and Pennsylvania passenger trains into New York City, and rides on Amtrak during its early days. Of course a major happening was being bitten by the steam bug while riding the Cumbres & Toltec in 1972.

    Greg Scholl's history with railroads also began in childhood, but had been there before in his father Warren W. Scholl. With Greg and his brother Randy, Warren often would take them to see the trains that operated along the places they went on vacation in. Or they would go to the Norfolk & western mainline near their home and savor the sight of the mighty articulateds and sleek Js, was well as the engines of N&W's parent company the Pennsylvania Railroad.

    The two men first met in 1984 when Jarrett had gone to lunch at a cafe in Cincinnati. That morning, he had chased Nickel Plate Berkshire 765 as she hauled a freight on the Baltimore & Ohio's mainline from Indianapolis to Cincinnati via Connersville, IN (This footage was later among many occurrences featured in their 1992 video Modern Steam Freights). During a chat with some other patrons, the subject came of several videos Scholl and his brother Randy had shot of working steam in South Africa. Eventually, they maintained a good freindship and decided to jointly make films out of their footage dedicated specifically to railfans.

    Their first major success was the 1988 video Roanoke Homecoming, which featured Norfolk & Western steam icons 611 and 1218 at the 1987 NRHS Convention in Roanoke, VA. As well as on later excursions in the area. At this time, PBS saw their videos, and thought of having the two men film some footage for TV. The end result was America by Rail, a series of films consisting of various Amtrak rides like the Ney York-Oakland San Fransisco Cheif and the Chicago-Florida Floridian. With additional footage of various tourist railroads and other attractions, train-themed or otherwise, throughout the shows.

    Today, Greg and Les still work with much success from PBS, where their shows are considered very enjoyable from a railfan's perspective. In addition to PBS, their footage has also appeared on educational segment for Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends since that show's Season 6 in 2000.
     
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  20. God Emperor Truex The NASCAR guy here on AH

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    I watch this one railfan here in Baltimore that would probably love to be part of this company.
     
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