Evolution Of The Global Enterprises . . . 1936— In Los Angeles, Davre Davidson founds the vending company that would eventually become Aramark 1941— Compass Group precursor Factory Canteens, Ltd. (later Bateman Catering Co.), founded in England to feed munitions workers 1959— Davidson merges his company with a Midwestern vending firm to form Automatic Retailers of America (ARA); the firm goes public the following year 1961— ARA goes national and enters the manual foodservice business by ...

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