from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A town whose residents are dependent on the economic support of a single firm for maintenance of retail stores, schools, hospitals, and housing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A town, city, or other municipality in which a single large business has a controlling influence over the economy and, sometimes, over the societal structure and local government.


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  • The story of how color and style initially came to Nokia’s attention begins in a seedy bar, Rikala, in Salo, a company town located about sixty-five miles west of Helsinki.

    Diffusion of Innovations


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