Each U.S. state has its own vibe. Some have a universal currency of references -- think Napa wine in California, or Walden Pond in Massachusetts, or oil derricks in Texas. When you map corporate brands onto the country, there are also some things that make total sense like Apple and California, or Hershey's and Pennsylvania. Others are more puzzling, like Saks and Alabama, or Sonic and Oklahoma. But, what really ties brands to their states? Labor force? Headquarters? Longevity? Or, something about their products that speak about a specific geography? The graveyard of defunct brands is impossibly large, but these brands are all alive and kicking and have ties to each of the states they call home (or called home for most of their existence).
These entries were derived from Steve Lovelace's map of recognizable corporate brands in each state.