Mercedes-Benz USA relocated its headquarters to Atlanta from New Jersey in 2017, joining 15 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Georgia’s capital city (and 26 Fortune 1000 companies). The German automaker's parent company, Daimler, ranks at number 17 on the Global 500 list.
Georgia ranks as one of the most business-friendly states in the country, largely due to cost savings from state job-tax credits, exemptions, development funds, and a lower corporate tax rate plus Atlanta’s strategic location with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest airport in the world.
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The world’s largest home improvement retailer appeared on the Fortune 500 list for its 23rd time in 2017. With 406,000 employees and annual revenues nearing $100 billion, it earns the highest ranking among its Atlanta cohorts. Many of the local employees work at the company’s headquarters, located a bit northwest of Atlanta; the company’s senior director of talent acquisition described its HQ as “a small city.” But with six stores in Atlanta proper and another 14 in the city's suburban communities, the company maintains a strong presence throughout the region.
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United Parcel Service (UPS) (Ranked 46)
The world’s largest package delivery service, with more than 335,000 employees and $60 billion in annual revenues, made the Fortune 500 list for the 23rd time in 2017. UPS got its start in the early 20th century as a Seattle-based messenger service conceived by two teenagers. The growing company focused largely on retail delivery services throughout the 20th century, moving its headquarters to the Sandy Springs area northeast of downtown Atlanta in the early 1990s.
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The Coca-Cola Company (Ranked 64)
With nearly $42 billion in annual sales and just more than 100,000 employees, the Coca-Cola Company retained its listing on the Fortune 500 for its 23rd year in 2017 despite slipping sales. The soda company stemmed the losses by shifting its focus to the consumer-driven health market with vitamin-infused waters, juices, and other natural options. The mid-town Atlanta headquarters resembles a college campus, with 4,700 employees working in modern shared spaces. Visitors can explore the history of the iconic beverage at World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place in downtown Atlanta.
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Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Ranked 71)
With more than 80,000 employees and annual revenues nearing $40 billion, Delta comes in at number 71 on the Forbes Fortune 500 list, with 2017 marking its 23rd year of recognition. Located on Delta Boulevard at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport just 7 miles south of the city's central business district, Delta headquarters includes the Operations and Customer Center.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Southern Company (Ranked 145)
This energy holding company produces and sells electricity through Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Southern Power, and other subsidiaries. Its headquarters in northwest Atlanta powers the second largest utility company in the United States by measure of the number of customers served. It earned its ranking in 2017, its 23rd time on the list, with revenues of just under $20 billion and 30,000 employees.
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Genuine Parts Company (Ranked 180)
The parent company of Napa Automotive, Motion Industries, S.P. Richards, and EIS maintains its headquarters in Atlanta, where it got started in 1928 with an auto parts store. Now the company distributes office supplies, electrical products, and industrial parts as well, with revenues of more than $15 billion and 40,000 employees. Its 2017 ranking put it on the list for its 23rd year.
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First Data Corporation (Ranked 242)
With annual revenues of $11.5 billion dollars and a workforce of 24,000 "owner-associates," First Data comes in at number 242 on the Forbes Fortune 500 list for 2017, its 23rd year earning the designation. The company processes and secures credit card transactions, servicing six million global merchant locations from its headquarters in northeast Atlanta.
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SunTrust Banks, Inc. (Ranked 303)
This bank holding company operates SunTrust Bank, a personal and commercial bank with 1,444 branches. More than 24,000 employees and $9 billion in revenues put this Atlanta-based company on the list; its ranking history over 23 years ranged from a high of 183 to its lowest ranking at 350 in the early 1990s.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Veritiv (Ranked 331)
Making the list for only the second time in 2017, Veritiv emerged out of the International Paper Company. A business-to-business distributor of office paper and printing products, packaging, and facility maintenance solutions, the Atlanta-based company employs 8,700 people with annual revenues of more than $8 billion.
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PulteGroup, Inc. (Ranked 353)
From its northeast Atlanta headquarters, this eco-aware, multi-brand home-building company operates in 26 states. William J. Pulte started the company as a teenager when he built and sold a five-room house near the Detroit City Airport. With 4,600 employees and more than $7.5 billion in annual revenues, it ranked on the Fortune 500 list for its 15th time in 2017.
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HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (Ranked 364)
This industrial distributor with $7.5 billion in annual revenues and 14,000 employees made the list for its fifth year in 2017. It sells products and services to construction and facilities maintenance companies, with its headquarters located in northwest Atlanta. The company announced expansion plans in early 2018, with an agreement to acquire a northeast and mid-Atlantic region specialty construction services distributor.
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AGCO Corporation (Ranked 370)
A designer, manufacturer, and global distributor of agricultural equipment brands such as Massey-Ferguson, Challenger, and Fendt, this company's 19,795 employees operate out of its headquarters in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Duluth. With 7.4 billion in annual revenues, 2017 marked the company's fifth year appearing on the Fortune 500 list.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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NCR Corporation (Ranked 409)
This global tech company and world leader in consumer transaction technologies pulled in $6.5 billion in revenues selling ATMs, point-of-sales devices, and self-service kiosks, earning it a spot on the Forbes Fortune 500 for its 20th time in 2017. The company opened its new global headquarters in midtown Atlanta in January 2018, with office space for about 5,000 of its 33,500-strong workforce.
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Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (Ranked 410)
With $6.5 billion in annual revenues and 7,900 employees, this automotive retailer earned its spot on the Fortune 500 list for the 11th time in 2017. From its Duluth headquarters northeast of Atlanta, the company operates auto dealerships representing brands from Dodge to Honda to Fiat in 18 markets throughout the southeast.
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Intercontinental Exchange (Ranked 437)
Joining the ranks for its first time in 2017, this securities company headquartered in northwest Atlanta owns exchanges for financial and commodity markets, connecting their customers to the information and innovations that support investing, trading, and capital growth. Its 5,600 employees support an operation that generated nearly $6 billion in revenues.