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abbreviations: corporate names

The following is a list of abbreviations often used in the names of companies or business corporations.

  • Assoc. (Association)
  • Bros. (Brothers)
  • Cie. (Compagnie)
  • Co. (Company)
  • Corp. (Corporation)
  • Inc. (Incorporated)
  • Ltd. (Limited)
  • Mfg. (Manufacturing)
  • Mfrs. (Manufacturers)

In footnotes, tables or bibliographic references, these abbreviated forms may be used freely. But within the body of your text, you should avoid using Assoc., Bros., Co., and Corp.

However, Inc. and Ltd. may be used in the body of the text, unless it is necessary to write the terms in full to preserve the company’s full legal title.