Where Business is Big
13 Fortune 500 Companies Call Atlanta Home
Atlanta’s reputation as one of the nation’s most business-friendly cities keeps the metro area on the short list for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. From its early beginnings as a railroad terminus in 1837, Atlanta quickly expanded. Just two decades later it became the hub for four railroads as well as a major manufacturing center.
Today, the state’s capital city is home to 13 Fortune 500 and 15 Fortune 1,000 companies. Topping the list of Atlanta’s homegrown Fortune 500 firms are The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement specialty store; and UPS, a global company and a world leader in specialized transportation, logistics and package delivery. The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s best-known soft drink company, is also listed among the nation’s top 25 Fortune 500 companies.
Atlanta continues to draw such top business names as Genuine Parts, NCR, ING Americas, Holiday Inn and Porsche Cars North America, all of which have established headquarters in the metro area.
Through various incentives, including the state’s low corporate tax structure, favorable employment climate and right-to-work status, the metro area is an enticing destination for businesses looking to expand or relocate.
Atlanta Fortune 500 Companies
1. The Home Depot, Rank: 35
2. UPS, Rank: 52
3. The Coca-Cola Company, Rank: 59
4. Delta Air Lines, Rank: 83
5. Southern Company, Rank: 152
6. Genuine Parts, Rank: 214
7. First Data, Rank: 243
8. SunTrust Banks, Rank: 271
9. AGCO, Rank: 292
10. Coca-Cola Enterprises, Rank: 324
11. Newell Rubbermaid, Rank: 414
12. NCR, Rank: 447
13. Rock-Tenn, Rank: 449
Georgia FORTUNE 500 companies
AFLAC, Rank: 128
Mohawk Industries, Rank: 432
Source: Fortune magazine
Forbes magazine recently ranked Georgia No. 6 for doing business. Georgia’s gross state product was $329 billion.