Saturday 16 March 2013

Kongō Gumi

Kongō Gumi was a Japanese construction business and was, until 2006, the world's oldest continuously trading independent company.

The family-owned firm was founded in Osaka in 578 and, astonishingly, remained in business for over 1,400 years, specialising throughout its existence in the construction of Buddhist temples. At the time of the company's liquidation in 2006 it had around 100 employees and the president, Masakazu Kongō, was the 40th Kongō to head the company.

How about that?

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