Mental Floss recently republished a fascinating graphic called "The Corporate States of America." Created a couple years ago by designer Steve Lovelace, the graphic is a U.S. map that depicts each state's most archetypal corporate brand. It's a highly subjective list and thus a surefire argument-starter.
Manufacturing is by far the No. 1 industry sector populating "The Corporate States of America." Twenty-six states' brands are owned by manufacturing companies. Restaurants and retail are tied for No. 2, representing eight states each.
This gallery, the first of two installments, shows 13 of the 26 states whose top brands are owned by manufacturing companies. Here is the second half of the list.