With the news of Mercedes-Benz USA relocating their headquarters to Atlanta from New Jersey (come 2017, their $100 million headquarters will call The Big Peach home) there seems no better time to update our list of Fortune 500 companies who call Atlanta home. The automaker will be joining the ranks of 18 Fortune 500 companies currently headquartered in Georgia (and 33 Fortune 1000 companies).
Georgia is one of the most business-friendly states in the country, largely due to their cost savings—state job-tax credits, exemptions, development funds and lower corporate-tax rates, for starters—and Atlanta’s strategic location, namely access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world.
It’s no wonder the following Fortune 500 companies set up shop in Georgia.
1.The Home Depot (Ranked 28): The world’s largest home improvement retailer; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
2.United Parcel Service (UPS) (Ranked 48): One of the country’s largest shipping companies; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
3.The Coca-Cola Company (Ranked 62): The engine behind one of the world's favorite soft drinks; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
4.Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Ranked 68): The world's largest airline; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
5.Aflac, Incorporated (Ranked 135): Provides supplemental insurance for individuals and groups; headquartered in Columbus, GA.
6.The Southern Company (Ranked 162): Regional energy company focused in the Southeast; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
7.Genuine Parts Company (Ranked 183): A service organization engaged in the distribution of automotive and industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical materials; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
8.First Data Corporation (Ranked 249): A global payment processing company; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
9. WestRock (Ranked 251): One of North America’s leading manufacturers of corrugated and consumer packaging; headquartered in Norcross, GA.
10. HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (Ranked 320): One of the largest industrial distributors in North America; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
11.Suntrust Banks, Inc. (Ranked 329): Banking, lending, investing and insurance solutions; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
12.Mohawk Industries, Inc. (Ranked 338): Designs, manufactures and markets woven and tufted broadloom carpet and rugs for residential and commercial uses; headquartered in Calhoun, GA.
13. AGCO Corporation (Ranked 360): Manufactures, distributes and sells full range of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts; headquartered in Duluth, GA.
14. Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (Ranked 393): One of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S.; headquartered in Duluth, GA.
15.Coca-Cola European Partners, PLC (Ranked 397): A drink company that markets, produces and distributes nonalcoholic beverages; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
16.NCR Corporation (Ranked 409): A global tech company and world leader in consumer transaction technologies; headquartered in Duluth, GA.
17.Pultegroup, Inc. (Ranked 433): A multi-brand eco-friendly homebuilding company; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
18.Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (Ranked 434): A worldwide marketer offering home organization products; headquartered in Atlanta, GA.