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Atlanta: Where Business Is Big

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 and 1000 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 capitol city is home to 18 Fortune 500 and 11 Fortune 1000 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 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 Fortune 500 companies. Atlanta continues to draw top business names such 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, metro Atlanta is an enticing destination for businesses looking to expand or relocate.

Atlanta Fortune 500 Companies

1. The Home Depot  |  Rank: 33
2. UPS  |  Rank: 47
3. The Coca-Cola Company  |  Rank: 63
4. Delta Air Lines  |  Rank: 73
5. The Southern Company  |  Rank: 163
6. Genuine Parts Company  |  Rank: 199
7. First Data Corporation  |  Rank: 265
8. Rock-Tenn Company  |  Rank: 293
9. AGCO Corporation  |  Rank: 296
10. HD Supply Holdings Inc.  |  Rank: 316
11. SunTrust Banks Inc.  |  Rank: 327
12. Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc.  |  Rank: 368
13.  NCR Corporation  |  Rank: 412
14. Asbury Automotive Group Inc.  |  Rank: 450
15. PulteGroup Inc.  |  Rank: 453
16. Newell Rubbermaid Inc.  |  Rank: 455
17. AGL Resources Inc.  |  Rank: 465
18. Arris Group Inc.  |  Rank: 492

Atlanta Fortune 1000 Companies

1. Axiall Corporation  |  Rank: 564
2. Intercontinental Exchange  |  Rank: 565
3. Graphic Packaging Holding Co.  |  Rank: 599
4. Carter’s Inc.  |  Rank: 779
5. Exide Technologies  |  Rank: 784
6. Aaron’s Inc.  |  Rank: 810
7. Global Payments Inc.  |  Rank: 851
8. Equifax Inc.  |  Rank: 886
9. Acuity Brands Inc.  |  Rank: 899
10. RPC  |  Rank: 915
11. Ocwen Financial  |  Rank: 951

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