Honoring regional entrepreneurs, Tallahassee-based Florida Chamber of Commerce applauded 44 diverse Florida firms — from groceries and health care to high-tech and entertainment, with Marathon Petroleum as No. 1 — for making Forbes’ America’s Best Employers 2016 list.
Forbes’ list of top U.S. businesses named a total of 500 companies spanning 25 industries for 2016.. Tampa’s Marathon Petroleum provides oil refining, marketing and transportation services.
Florida’s top five firms also include United Services Automobile Association (USAA, ranked fifth), also in Tampa; Mayo Clinic, located in Jacksonville and employing over 5,000 workers (ninth); Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets (17), serving Florida since 1930; Swedish-owned construction firm Skanska (42), and Florida International University’s School of Education (34).
Walt Disney came in at 58. In descending order, the remaining top-ranked firms are: Genentech, Ford Motor, Memorial Healthcare System, UF Health, University of Florida, CSX Transportation, Duke Energy, Boeing Aerospace & Defense, Navy Federal Credit Union, Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, Fidelity Investments, Bright House Networks, Nielsen Professional Services, General Electric Engineering/Manufacturing, Kinder Morgan, and Expedia Travel & Leisure.
Rounding out the list are Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, NextEra Energy, Allstate Insurances, Lockheed Martin, Raymond James Financial, Caterpillar, HDR, Coca-Cola, State Farm, United Parcel Service, B/E Aerospace, Altria Group, FedEx, IBM, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Lilly, Beall’s, Nestle, McLane Co., and AT&T.