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World Wide Technology leads 14 local companies on Forbes best midsize employers list



Thirteen Missouri companies and one from suburban Kansas City made the Forbes best midsize employers list for 2017.

World Wide Technology led the pack of Missouri companies, at No. 50. The Maryland Heights-based IT and software services firm has annual revenue of more than $7 billion and is one of the largest private companies in the nation. This is the sixth year in a row that World Wide Technology, which employs nearly 4,000 people, has made the list.

Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, which employs about 1,100 people, was No. 58 on the list.

Commerce Bancshares, the bank holding and financial services company, ranked No. 62. The Kansas City-based company employs about 4,900 people.

Lockton Companies, the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage firm, came in at No. 85 on the list, bookending the group of Missouri companies in the top 100. Lockton is based in Kansas City and employs just over 5,000 people, posting revenues of more than $1.3 billion in 2016.

Nine more companies from Missouri, and one from suburban Kansas City, made the list, which included 301 companies in total. The other local employers on the list were:

  • 118. Drury Hotels (St. Louis)
  • 149. Garney Construction (Kansas City)
  • 150. Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City)
  • 155. McCarthy Building Company (St. Louis)
  • 166. Ferrellgas (Overland Park, Kansas)
  • 167. Stifel Financial (St. Louis)
  • 179. HNTB (Kansas City)
  • 224. Helzberg Diamonds (Kansas City)
  • 254. Scottrade (St. Louis)
  • 265. Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis)

Nationally, topping the best midsize employers list was Lush, a retail cosmetics and personal care products company operating at 200 locations nationwide but based in Poole, U.K. Rackspace Hosting, a cloud computing company based in San Antonio, Texas, and New Seasons Market, a Portland-based grocery chain, rounded out the top three.

Forbes defines a midsize employer as a company employing between 1,000 and 5,000 employees. The magazine annually polls employees anonymously through online polls asking whether they’d recommend their own company to others and which other companies they would or would not recommend. The 2017 list was based on a survey of 30,000 employees, according to Forbes.

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