General Electric Co. manufactures electrical equipment, lighting products and household appliances. It also owns the broadcasting network NBC. In terms of market capitalization, GE is the world's second largest company and also second in the BrandZ ranking. In the 1960s, aspects of U.S. tax laws and accounting practices led to a rise in the assembly of conglomerates. GE, which was a conglomerate long before the term was coined, is arguably the most successful organization of this type.
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Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the employment services industry; they oversee the entire process of recruitment from selection to training to outplacement. Operating in nearly 78 countries around the world, primarily the third world and developing nations, Manpower effectively replaces the responsibility of companies or corporations to find, profile and train employees.
The Dow Chemical Company is the world’s second largest chemical company, behind only BASF. Dow’s primary industries are chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, agricultural sciences and plastics. Dow's main business is supplying chemicals to other industrial and chemical companies. Using oil, coals, natural gas, salt, brine and other basic inputs, Dow makes inorganic chemicals like soda, solvents, and chlorine, and organic chemicals like acetone, ethylene glycol, glycerine, phenols, etc. Dow is also the biggest plastics manufacturer in the world.
One of the largest private economic conglomerates in Brazil, the Votorantim Group has large positions in cement and concrete, mining and metals (aluminum, zinc, nickel and steel), as well as paper and pulp production. Described by the Wall Street Journal as "a tropical style General Electric," Votorantim also produces concentrated orange juice and specialty chemicals, and is involved in a number of electric generation projects (often to service its own industrial operations).
MM Mining, a Bahamas-based firm with Indian owners, has signed an agreement with The Togolese Government to extract bauxite on the Agou Mountain and elsewhere in Togo. It is a Public Limited Company with a capital of approximately 1.5 billion CFA francs as of 2007. The company sent attendees to the AMEC mining conference. MM Mining intends to invest US $41 Million in mineral extraction throughout Togo, as of 2007.