Meineke is a franchise-based automotive repair chain that operates internationally and boasts over 900 locations. Meineke is ranked 52 in the Franchise 500 and America's Top Global has ranked it as 54. Once known as Meineke Discount Mufflers, the company changed their brand when they expanded and began offering full-service automotive repairs. After being founded in Houston, Texas in 1971, Meineke is now headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been located there since the year 1986. Meineke became a publicly traded company in the year 2003 and has since gained eight America's Service Stations in Atlanta, Georgia.