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Best companies by state
State No. of most admired cos.
California 39
New York 38
Texas 32
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Most admired for people management
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Medco Health Solutions 1
BMW 1
Walt Disney 1
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Most admired for innovation
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Apple 1
Nike 1
Medco Health Solutions 1
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Industry champions
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Nestlé Consumer Food Products
BMW Motor Vehicles
McDonald's Food Services
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The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group started with the FORTUNE 1,000... More

America's Most Admired Companies 

Industry champions
These companies are the most admired in their sector, according to their peers.
Accenture Information Technology Services 8.03
Aetna Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care 7.37
Altria Group Tobacco 8.12
American Express Megabanks, Credit Card Cos. 7.85
Anheuser-Busch Beverages 8.16
Apple Computers 7.42
Aramark Diversified Outsourcing Services 6.98
AT&T Telecommunications 7.46
Bank of New York Mellon Superregional Banks 7.49
BASF Chemicals 6.71
Berkshire Hathaway Insurance: Property and Casualty 8.07
BMW Motor Vehicles 7.93
Bunge Food Production 7.08
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroads 8.34
CarMax Automotive Retailing, Services 7.49
CDW Wholesalers: Electronics 7.25
CHS Wholesalers: Food and Grocery 9.05
Cisco Systems Network Communications 7.32
Costco Wholesale Specialty Retailers 7.94
Deere Industrial and Farm Equipment 8.08
Dun & Bradstreet Financial Data Services 7.34
EMC Computer Peripherals 7.55
EMCOR Group Engineering, Construction 7.39
Exxon Mobil Petroleum Refining 7.95
FMC Technologies Oil and Gas Equipment, Services 8.54
Fortune Brands Household Products 8.48
FPL Group Electric and Gas Utilities 7.74
Genentech Pharmaceuticals 7.30
General Electric Electronics 7.85
Goldman Sachs Group Securities 7.28
Graybar Electric Wholesalers: Diversified 8.38
Henry Schein Wholesalers: Health Care 7.31
Herman Miller Furniture 8.21
IAC/InterActiveCorp Internet Services and Retailing 8.61
International Paper Forest and Paper Products 8.07
Intuit Computer Software 7.79
Johnson Controls Motor Vehicle Parts 7.02
KB Home Homebuilders 7.30
Knight Pipelines 8.15
LandAmerica Financial Group Mortgage Services 7.64
Manor Care Health Care: Medical Facilities 7.13
Marriott International Hotels, Casinos, Resorts 8.05
Martin Marietta Materials Building Materials, Glass 7.35
McDonald's Food Services 8.29
Medco Health Solutions Health Care: Pharmacy and Other Services 8.48
Nestlé Consumer Food Products 8.01
Nike Apparel 7.94
Nordstrom General Merchandisers 7.87
Northwestern Mutual Insurance: Life and Health 7.36
Pactiv Packaging, Containers 7.37
Peabody Energy Mining, Crude-Oil Production 7.55
Procter & Gamble Soaps and Cosmetics 8.20
ProLogis Real Estate 8.09
Publix Super Markets Food and Drug Stores 7.58
Robert Half International Temporary Help 7.72
Southwest Airlines Airlines 8.02
St. Jude Medical Medical and Other Precision Equipment 7.96
Steel Dynamics Metals 7.49
Texas Instruments Semiconductors 7.37
Textron Aerospace and Defense 7.35
United Parcel Service Delivery and Logistics 8.37
Walt Disney Entertainment 8.44
Washington Post Publishing: Newspapers and Magazines 7.57
YRC Worldwide Trucking 7.52
From the March 17, 2008 issue