Rank in Industrial and Farm Equipment: 1
(Previous rank: 2)
Overall score: 7.89
Why it's admired:Good news for Caterpillar means good news for the economy, since increased sales mean increased manufacturing, and generally, more jobs. And Caterpillar brought in record sales in 2011, the largest year-over-year percentage increase since 1947. CEO Doug Oberhelman sharpened the company's operations in response to financial pressure during the recession, and got the manufacturer back on its feet. The fruits of the company's labor should continue to pay off for shareholders. In a video about the company's performance in 2011, Caterpillar CFO Ed Rapp says, "We expect 2012 to be our best year in history for sales and revenue and profit."
Industry: Industrial and Farm Equipment
Where are the Most Admired?
The Most Admired companies in America are spread out across the country, but a few states dominate.