Imagine if states were defined by their most famous corporations.
Some would be obvious.
Washington: Clearly Starbucks, right?
California: Obviously Google. What’s that? Apple is more famous?
That’s what Steve Lovelace posits in his map, “The Corporate States of America
.” It maps out the states according to the most famous corporation that makes its home there. (The map is actually from a year ago, but Business Insider
highlighted it again this week.)
There are some surprises on the map, including Saks Inc.—which isn’t associated with New York’s Saks Fifth Avenue, but rather the state of Alabama. You have to dig through the comments on this site, but Lovelace explains, “Saks Fifth Avenue’s parent company, Saks Incorporated, was founded in Birmingham after a buyout from a department store chain named Proffitt’s.”
Lovelace also admits in the comments to slapping himself upside the head for not picking KFC for the state of Kentucky, opting instead for Lexmark. Louisville Slugger came to mind first for me.
Also, Hawaii’s most famous brand, according to the map, is Hawaiian Airlines—instead of the Dole company, as some of his commenters point out.
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Clearly, it’s great fodder for debate.
Being from Illinois, the choice of Caterpillar over Walgreens, Discover, Allstate and Sears seems odd to me. But that’s why we love the Internet.