West Michigan companies are among ‘World’s Most Admired’


A look inside a “super suite” of customized operating room equipment by Berchtold, which was acquired by Kalamazoo-based Stryker, a maker of medical devices and equipment. Photo via fb.com

Three West Michigan employers have earned a spot on a national business publication’s annual ranking of companies with the strongest reputations in their industries.

Fortune released today its 2017 ranking of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” and Battle Creek-based Kellogg Company , Kalamazoo-based Stryker and Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corporation are on the ranking.

The top five companies on the 680-company ranking are Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, Berkshire Hathaway and Disney.

Rounding out the top 10 are Alphabet, General Electric, Southwest Airlines, Facebook and Microsoft.


Fortune’s annual ranking is based on responses to a survey its partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group, sent to 3,800 executives, directors and securities analysts, who rated their peers and competitors in nine categories: innovation; people management; use of corporate assets; social responsibility; quality of management; long-term investment; financial soundness; quality of products and services; and global competitiveness.

Other Michigan companies 

General Motors, Detroit

Lear, Southfield

Domino’s Pizza, Ann Arbor

Ford Motor Company, Dearborn

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