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What are some well-known U.S. manufacturing businesses?

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As of 2015, some of the best-known U.S.-based manufacturing companies are Apple, Hershey, Coach and Keurig. These companies are all ranked among Industry Week's top 50 manufacturers of 2014.

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Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne started Apple in 1976. Their initial intent was to develop and sell personal computers. Apple now designs and manufactures a myriad of consumer electronics, web-based technology services and personal computers. Apple experienced a resurgence in popularity due to the development of the iPod in 2001.

Hershey is another famous U.S.-based manufacturing company. Milton Hershey founded the company in 1894 in Derry Township, Pennsylvania by Milton Hershey. Hershey is the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America and is sold in over 60 countries throughout the world.

Coach is an apparel manufacturer that specializes in men and women's accessories including handbags and shoes. It was founded in 1941, in a loft on Manhattan's 34th street. It began as a small workshop, with six employees creating hand-sewn leather wallets and billfolds. Sara Lee purchased Coach in 1985.

Keurig is a popular coffee brewer manufacturing company. The company's most innovative product is the K-Cup, which allows for single-cup brews. College roommates Peter Dragone and John Sylvan founded Keurig in 1990.

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