B. N. Elias
B.N.Elias was the largest Jewish firm in India named after the founder Benjamin Nissim Elias. B.N.Elias owned many companies including the Agarpara Jute Mills, National Tobacco, Tobacco Leaf Company, Electric Supply, and had interests in dairy farming, fertilizer, real estate, bone mills, engineering and coal mining. The B.N.Elias Company was run by his sons and grandsons. Stafford Elias, the younger son of Nissim Elias, was trained by his father to supervise the jute mill. Ben, the elder one, worked in the tobacco factory.
One block past the massive red brick Calcutta Police Station, at 1 and 2 Old Courthouse Street, stand Norton Buildings, former headquarters of B.N.Elias and Company and former home of the Jewish Association of Calcutta. Many Jews were employed by B.N.Elias and their companies. During the War years many European Jews were employed by B.N.Elias and other Jewish businesses and families.
B.N.Elias and Co. was bought by the Goenkas (RPG) in the early 1970's.