Landgraab Industries, also known as Landgraab Enterprises, is a large business corporation owned by the Landgraab family. If it is not the largest corporation in SimNation, it is likely one of the largest. The company creates and sells a variety of products, most of which are quite expensive. Landgraab Industries is featured prominently in brand names for objects throughout The Sims series.
The name Landgraab refers to "land grabbing" which is an illegal method for large-scale land acquisitions by businessmen. This is referenced in the description of the Bluewater Real Estate Office, a community lot in Bluewater Village that was previously managed by the Landgraab dynasty, who had taken control of all the land through sheer force and bribery. Landgraab Industries was first mentioned in SimCity 3000:
Landgraab Industries, the sole employee of which is Malcolm Landgraab, owns a controlling interest in many of SimNation's large-scale real estate projects. By advancing the interests of all developers throughout the city, Landgraab Industries earns a small commission at both ends of all transactions. Mr. Landgraab divides his time between his condo in the city and his hacienda on the resort island of San Cordelia.
It is said that the Landgraab family more or less founded and built up Sunset Valley and before that Beacon Bay. Admiral Landgraab is hailed as SimNation's most tragic naval hero and has possibly discovered various islands in his youth. In The Sims 3: World Adventures, His estate Chateau du Landgraab is located in Champs Les Sims but is no longer owned by the family.
Properties and businessesEdit
Landgraab Industries is mentioned in some of the chance cards in The Sims 2. When a Sim reaches the top of the Business or the Politics career, there is a chance card saying that Landgraab Enterprises wants to build an international seaport that would allow the transportation of larger volumes of goods in and out of SimCity. The business tycoon can choose to convince the mayor of the venture while the mayor has to decide if the land should be sold to the Landgraabs at a cheap price. The outcome is more likely to be positive for both if they invest in freight trucks instead. It is also mentioned that Mrs. CrumpleBottom is the largest shareholder of Landgraab Enterprises.
Most of the family's wealth appears to come from real estate property. In SimCity 3000, they are associated more with residential property building, a role which resurfaced in The Sims Bustin' Out when most of the town has to pay their rent to Malcolm Landgraab. In The Sims 4: City Living, the Landgraab Apartments, which are located in the high-class Uptown neighborhood of San Myshuno, possibly belong to the Landgraab family.
In other Sims games, the Landgraabs are more associated with commercial property. In The Sims: Hot Date, there is the Landgraab Mall in Downtown. In The Sims 2: Open for Business, Malcolm Landgraab IV owns Club Dante and the Electronics Supercenter in Bluewater Village. In The Sims 3: Ambitions, the default consignment store is the Landgraab Sell n' Swap. The Landgraab family also owned Llama World, a closed amusement park.
Companies and productsEdit
Landgraab Corporation was first mentioned in the description of the Strings Theory Stereo which is the product of a joint venture with the Sim Institute of Techiness. In The Sims: Hot Date, a cheap wooden coffee table was produced by Acme Tables, a division of Landgraab Industries.
Malcolm Landgraab also founded Shiny Things Inc., the company that made the Servo in The Sims: Livin' Large. The Freeze Secret Refrigerator, which was invented by Malcolm himself, and many other kitchen appliances throughout the series are also made by Shiny Things Inc. In the console version of The Sims Bustin' Out, it is mentioned that Malcolm is the CEO of Shiny Things Labs.
A Landgraab Games is mentioned in The Sims 2: Pets in the description of a painting titled "Sirloin Shuffle Screenshot" that depicts a cat and a dog fighting over meat. It is described as a screenshot from the final game that incorporates revolutionary animation technology.
The Sims 3 includes a computer and a laptop from Landgraab Industries. Landgraab Systems is one of the servers that can be hacked in The Sims 4. Even though the name implies that they own the company, the Landgraabs have no easier time hacking it.
Science and educationEdit
In The Sims 4, there are two schools named Landgraab Elementary and Buckingham High, and are most likely owned by the corporation as the names refer to the family and the surname of Malcolm Landgraab IV's grandparents.
In The Sims 3, there are multiple science labs that share the Landgraab name: the Landgraab Industries Science Facility, which can be found in Sunset Valley, Barnacle Bay, and Hidden Springs, and the Landgraab Marine Science Facility, which is located in Bridgeport. In The Sims 3 (console), there is a Landgraab Industries Science Facility in Moonlight Bay as well as the Landgraab Library of Learning.