15 Largest Industrial Companies In The US

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In this article we are going to list the 15 largest industrial companies in the US. Click to skip ahead and jump to the 5 largest industrial companies in the US. Before we get started, let's first try to understand what an industrial company is. After all, all companies operate in either individual or multiple industries right, so isn't this just a list of the biggest public companies in the world, filtered for the US? Well, not really. An industrial company is a company which is engaged in the production of capital goods which in turn are generally used in either manufacturing or construction. Among the businesses that these companies engage in are the production and selling of machinery, supplies and equipment which are basically used for the production of other goods, and aren't products geared towards the end consumer.

The biggest industrial companies in the US are involved in various sectors which include aerospace, lumber production, tools, defense, construction, waste management, cement and metal fabrication among many others. In the United States, the sector has become smaller than what is used to be, as the manufacturing sector decreased comparatively in scope while the services sector has increased by leaps and bounds. However, the sector is characterized by many small dynamic firms even though we also have some major companies which we will take a look at later. Further, wages paid in the sector are quite high compared to other sectors and there is a lot of potential for the growth of the sector too. 8.5% of the total number of employed Americans belong to the manufacturing sector, and even though employment in the sector has reduce by a third since the 1980s, it has also increased production by at least 2.5 times through automation, technology and greater efficiencies. The industry is also responsible for providing employment indirectly to many other people as well. In fact, in 2013 17.1 million jobs were directly linked to manufacturing.

15 biggest industrial companies in the US
15 biggest industrial companies in the US

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Also, there is little doubt that the industrial sector has a lot of growth in store, with at least 1.1 million jobs already being added since 2008. And while there may be some stagnation in the biggest cities such as Houston, Chicago or Los Angeles, there is significant growth being observed in smaller cities which are witnessing more and more manufacturers being established. By 2025, there are estimates that more than 2 million more jobs may be established in the industrial sector as well as adding $530 billion, with electronics, automation and aerospace driving this growth.

Of course, in 2020, there has been little to cheer about in most sectors and industries and the industrial sector did not escape the wrath of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen nearly 95 million cases and over 2 million deaths, and the worst part is, both figures are expected to be severely understated. Since the industrial sector is dependent on many different industries which have all been affected by the lockdowns and the recessions and depressions that followed the lockdowns not just in the US, but across the globe. And as cases and deaths continue to soar in the US, so does the uncertainty and the exact impact of the pandemic on the industry will only be ascertained later on.

However, if anyone can survive the effects of the pandemic, it will be the biggest industrial companies in the US, which are absolute giants in their industry. The combined revenues of these companies exceed $380 billion, while their profits are a massive $26 billion, despite just one company making a loss of nearly $5 billion. They also have assets worth more than $676 billion and provide direct employment to close to a million people. The market cap of these companies at March 2020 was more than $480 billion. To rank these companies, we have used their assets, revenues, profits, market cap and employees, with all the information being taken from the Fortune 500 list for industrial companies in the US. So without further ado, let's take a look at some of the giants in this industry, starting with number 15:

15. Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 6,695

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 696

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 6,113

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 17,533

Total employees of the company in 2019: 23,000

The company is responsible for providing industrial automation as well as information technology, and has a presence in at least 100 countries globally.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK)
Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK)

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14. Dover (NYSE:DOV)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 7,136

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 678

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 8,670

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 12,094

Total employees of the company in 2019: 24,000

Dover is engaged in producing various industrial products including engineering products, pump and refrigeration and food products.

Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV)
Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV)

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13. Westinghouse Air Brake (NYSE:WAB)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 8,200

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 327

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 18,944

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 9,227

Total employees of the company in 2019: 27,500

The company is more than 150 years old and its owner was responsible for the invention of the railway air brake.

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12. Fortive (NYSE:FTV)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 7,326

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 739

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 17,439

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 18,567

Total employees of the company in 2019: 25,000

Fortive is a technology conglomerate which is the most recent company in our list, having been established just 5 years ago in 2016, which was spin off from Danaher and is considered one of the most admired companies in the world by Forbes.

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Major Retailers and Services That Accept Bitcoin in 2018

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11. Corning (NYSE:GLW)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 11,503

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 960

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 28,898

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 15,664

Total employees of the company in 2019: 49,500

Corning is a glass and ceramics manufacturer, which was founded 170 years ago in 1851 and produces Gorilla Glass, which is used by many top smartphone manufacturers, including Apple.

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10. Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 14,320

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 1,512

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 17,577

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 16,653

Total employees of the company in 2019: 55,610

The company produces motion and control technologies, and is headquartered in Ohio and is one of the biggest companies in the world in this industry.

Parker-Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH)
Parker-Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH)

9. Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 20,419

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 1,184

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 18,881

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 5,378

Total employees of the company in 2019: 77,000

Whirlpool, like most companies in this list of the biggest industrial companies in the US, was founded over a century ago, having been established in 1911. It is headquartered in Michigan and has at least 70 research and technology centers across the globe. It is truly a global company considering that just 10% of its employees are based in the US.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR)
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR)

8. Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 14,109

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 2,521

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 15,068

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 45,126

Total employees of the company in 2019: 45,000

Founded in 1912, the company has a presence in at least 53 countries, and is mainly engaged in producing engineered fasteners and other specialty products.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW)
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW)

7. Cummins (NYSE:CMI)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 23,571

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 2,260

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 19,737

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 20,044

Total employees of the company in 2019: 61,615

Cummins produces and distributes power generation products, filtration and engines as well as servicing these products too. The company has a presence in at least 190 countries and at least 6,000 dealers.

Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI)
Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI)

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6. Paccar (NASDAQ:PCAR)

Total revenue of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 25,600

Total profit of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 2,388

Total assets of the company in 2019 (in millions of dollars): 28,361

Market value as of March 31, 2020 (in millions of dollars): 21,175

Total employees of the company in 2019: 27,000

The company is engaged in the manufacture of large and medium sized trucks and is one of the biggest companies in this industry in the entire world. The company was established 116 years ago in 1905.

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