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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
Company Industry rank
Medco Health Solutions 1
Walt Disney 1
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Most admired for innovation
Company Industry rank
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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America's Most Admired Companies 

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