From Marvel Database
Isaac Stark, Sr.; Howard Stark
Founded as a manufacturing plant by Isaac Stark, Sr. in the 19th century
Stark Industries is a multinational conglomerate with facilities in over thirty different countries on all seven continents. The President and CEO of Stark Industries is billionaire industrialist Anthony "Tony" Stark, also known as the super-hero Iron Man.
The company's origins date back to the mid-19th century when Isaac Stark, Sr. began developing new electrical and engineering technology that helped to redefine innovative security measures for the industrial age.
With growing prosperity, Stark Industries (then known as Stark Enterprises) was quickly propelled into the modern era as a major global industrial superpower, due in no small measure to Isaac Stark, Sr.'s direct descendant Howard Stark. Under Howard Stark's leadership, Stark Industries became the world leader in the development of munitions with its corporate office located on Long Island, New York. Stark Industries quickly branched out into other scientific fields including aeronautics, robotics, micro-technology and fringe science. With increasing expansion, the company soon became known as Stark Industries. When Howard Stark passed away, his sole heir Tony Stark inherited all of his father's business assets and took full control of Stark Industries. 
Tony Stark continued to aggressively develop new technologies and Stark Industries became a major contractor for both corporate and government concerns. One of Tony Stark's major coups was securing a contract with the military watchdog organization S.H.I.E.L.D. Nearly all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ordnance and equipment is based on Stark technology including their primary base of operations the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
Many years ago, Tony Stark conducted a personal weapons inspection in a foreign country when an exploding land mine nearly ended the young playboy's life. After being held captive for several weeks by revolutionaries, Stark developed a suit of sturdy body armor that not only saved his injured heart, but also enabled him to escape imprisonment. Upon returning to the United States, Tony modified the crude battlesuit, ultimately building what would soon become the recognizable armor of Iron Man. 
His brush with death greatly affected Tony psychologically, and the thought of his technology being used to cause such widespread destruction sickened him. Following this crisis of conscience, Tony Stark publicly announced that Stark Industries was getting out of the weapons making business. This decision came about at the same time that Iron Man became officially attached to the company as Tony Stark's personal bodyguard. The general public was unaware that Iron Man was actually Tony Stark himself.
Although Stark Industries was no longer manufacturing weapons, it still maintained several lucrative contracts with many financial institutions, as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. Not all of SI's associates however were pleased with the idea of Stark halting his weapons production programs. Powerful political figures such as the surly senator Harrington Byrd, continued to pressure Tony Stark into relinquishing the patents on the Iron Man armor for use in the U.S. military. Despite persistent pressure from Byrd, Tony never sold the technology used in the development of his Iron Man armor.
After driving the company to new heights year after year, Tony Stark strengthened the corporation's foreign interests and it became known as Stark International.
- Main Plant - Flushings, Queens: A two square mile, multibillion dollar complex, on the shore of Long Island Sound that features extensive research and manufacturing facilities and the vast corporate offices that make up the backbone of S.I.
- First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #40
- Westchester Facility - Westchester, NY: Proving ground for many of Stark's military designs. Facilities include a large wind-tunnel.
A map of Stark International (Long Island)
- Missile Launch Facility - Long Island, NY: Missile Launch site located on the tip of Long Island.
- Stark Electric Plant #4 - (Queens or Manhattan?): Site of a battle between Spider-Man and Electro.
- Washington DC - Tony Stark maintains a small cottage and garage on the outskirts of Washington DC.
- Manhattan Penthouse - Tony Stark maintains a luxurious penthouse suite in Manhattan.
- Long Island Private Estate - Tony Stark had a private seaside estate. It was destroyed by a blast from the
Mandarin's killer satellite.
- Retreat, Los Angeles, CA
- Smart House, Evergreen Island, Seattle, WA;
- First Appearance: Iron Man Vol 3. #11
- Villa Mi Casa, Caribbean Islands.
First Appearance: Iron Man #141
- Detroit, MI (Aerospace)
- First Appearance: Iron Man 59
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- First Appearance: Iron Man 62
- Cleveland, OH
- Costa Diablo, Caribbean Island
- First Appearance: Iron Man 148. This island was nationalized and removed from Stark Industries control at this time.
- San Diego, CA
- Chula Vista, CA (Rapid Transit Machinery)
- The Works in Ventura, CA
- San Francisco and nearby Marin County
- Meridian Island, South Atlantic Ocean
- First Appearance:(and heavily damaged in Iron Man 25)
- "Nuke U" in Southern California
- Geothermal Institute in the Mojave Desert
- First Appearance: Iron Man #298
- Seattle, WA
- Omegaville solar-powered town near Citrusville, FL
- Miami, FL
- Dallas, TX
- Houston, TX (refinery)
- London, England
- German Division, Berlin, Germany
- First located int the Western sector of Berlin, i.e. West Berlin.
- 1st Appearance: Iron Man #152
- French Division Paris, France
- 1st Appearance Iron Man 119.
- Hong Kong, China
- First Appearance: Iron Man 130
- Lenigradsky Prospekt, Moscow
- Lakani Island (Pacific)
- First Appearance: Iron Man 31
- Lakani was the Division that first employed Anthony Stark's later friend and confidant the original Guardsman: Kevin O'Brien.
- Manila, Philippines
- "Deep Stark One", Pacific Ocean
- Arctic bunker
Subsidiary companies and branches
- Askew Electronics
- Barstow Electronics
- Donahue Corporation
- Funtime Incorporated
- Pendyne Incorporated
- Smart Green Technologies
- Stark Bio-Film Research
- Stark Heavy Industries
- Stark Insurance
- Stark Light Time Computing
- Stark Robotics
- Stark Super Dynamics
- Maria Stark Foundation
- Maria Stark Memorial Children's Hospital located at Avengers Tower
- Stark Solutions
- Stark Heart Foundation
- Stark Substance Abuse Counseling Clinic located at Avengers Tower
- Lightweight Mortars - Tony Stark provided lightweight mortars to the US Army in Tales of Suspense #39 for use in Vietnam. They look suspiciously like M-79 Grenade Launchers.
- Jet-Powered Roller Skates - Collapsible skates that can be clamped to the sole of a boot with an ordinary skate key and are driven by miniature transistorized motors. They were developed for use by the US Military. It was envisioned that an entire infantry division equipped with these could transport itself along the highway at up to 60 mph without the use of trucks. Demonstrated to the US Army in Tales of Suspense #40.
- Atomic Naval Cannons - Designed to fire a nuclear salvo more than 500 miles, revolutionizing battleship firepower. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
- Flesh-Healing Serum - Serum that closes any open wound in two seconds with synthetic liquid tissue. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
- Radiation Resistant alloy - Material capable of resisting radiation for use in space capsules. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
- Burp Guns - .50 Caliber sub-machine guns capable of firing explosive cartridges at rates of up to 1,000 spm. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
- Disintegrator Ray - Flashlight-sized device capable of projecting a ray that could instantaneously vaporize a two-foot thick section of reinforced concrete wall. Prototype demonstrated to the US Army in Tales of Suspense #42.
- Y-69 Rocket - An experimental three-man rocket first tested in Tales of Suspense #46.
- Anti-Gravity Ray - Experimental device capable of negating the effects of gravity around whatever its beam hit. Was powerful enough to lift an entire factory off of its foundation! Demonstrated to the Department of Defense, then stolen by the Black Widow in Tales of Suspense #53. The only working model was destroyed by Iron Man.
- Observer Missiles - Remotely controlled missiles equipped with surveillance equipment. Used by the US Military to take pictures behind enemy lines in Vietnam in Tales of Suspense #54.
- Uranus II Rocket - seen in Tales of Suspense #60.
- Moon Missile - Prototype rocket seen in Tales of Suspense #63.
- Mangler Missile - Anti-Missile missile attaches itself to an enemy missile, taking control of it. First tested in Tales of Suspense #65.
- Mini-Submarine - A one-man scout sub that can out run and out flank almost any torpedo. First tested by Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #66. Destroyed during battle between Iron Man and Attuma.
- 'Jupiter Landing Vehicle-code named JLV for use on the surface and gravity of the planet Jupiter. Debuted in Iron Man 116.
- Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's Chauffeur; Personal Assistant; Trainer
- James Rhodes, pilot, CEO
- Anton Vanko, Head of Electrical Research
- Mark Scott, Employee of Detroit Division
- Dr. Birch, Head of the New Products Division
- Scott Lang, Electronics
- Veronica Benning (Earth-616), Physical Therapy Division
- Jane Foster, special medical consultant to Stark
- Gregor Shapanka, research scientist
- Abe Klein
- Krissy Longfellow, Secretary
- Yvette Avril, French Division
- Morley Erwin, founder of Circuits Maximus
- Clytemnestra Erwin
- Marcy Pearson
- Garrison Quint, Security
- Bert Hindle, Legal Counsel
- Bethany Cabe, Head of Security
- Artemus Pithins, Public Relations
- Eddie March
- Maximilian Stone, Geothermal Research
- First Appearance: Iron Man #298.
- Margaret Dillon (Earth-616), Special Consultant on Psychology
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
Links and References
- ↑ Invincible Iron Man #5
- ↑ Tales of Suspense #39