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Robert Trigaux

Publix holds its own among nation's top ten private companies




Wake up and good morning. Publix Super Markets remains one of the top 10 private companies in America, according to Forbes magazine annual rankings. But of the nation's top 25 private companies, Forbes' 25th annual survey reflects plenty of instability. Seven companies on this year’s list are operating in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Photo: Inside a Publix store, St. Petersburg Times files.)

The top 10, in order, are: Cargill, Koch Industries, Chrysler, GMAC Financial Services, Bechtel, Mars, HCA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Publix Super Markets and Ernst & Young.

Publix, based in Lakeland, boasts $24 billion in annual revenues and an eye-popping 144,000 employees. It is the only one of the top 10 based in Florida but you recognize most of the other companies as active in the state.

Get beyond Publix and Florida enjoys a few other good-sized private businesses. Listed in order of their rank on the Forbes list (which includes only firms with revenue greater than $2 billion) are:

Southeasttoyotadistributorslogo * 30  JM Family Enterprises, Deerfield Beach, diversified auto manufacturing/distribution. Revenue: $10 billion, Employees: 4,000. (Includes Southeast Toyota.) Here are details from Forbes.

Southernwine&spiritslogo * 38  Southern Wine & Spirits, Miami, beverage/wine/distiller supplier. Revenue: $8.4 billion, Employees 11,000. Here are details from Forbes.

Oxbowcorp.coalp[rocessingcourtesy * 80  Oxbow Group, West Palm Beach, nonmetallic mineral mining. Revenue: $4.5 billion, Employees: 1,100. (Run by billionaire Bill Koch.) Here are details from Forbes.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist


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