These early industrial ventures have moved over to businesses involved in high-tech manufacturing, international trading and distribution, forming strong ties with a host of blue chip multinational companies. In recent years TRANSCOM has emerged as the largest media house in Bangladesh. Originated with tea plantations in 1885, Transcom today, is one of the leading and fastest growing diversified business houses in Bangladesh employing over 8000 people. Not many industrial groups in Bangladesh can claim a history of continuous business pursuits stretching back over 100 years. Initially tea and later jute formed the backbone of the family business. Although these are still part of the activities, they contribute marginally to the overall group turnover.