Four regional companies, including three headquartered in the Kansas City area, were ranked in this year’s Fortune 500 listing of the nation’s largest public companies.
The highest-ranked area company was Sprint Nextel. The Overland Park telecommunications company was number 87 on the magazine’s list, up three spots from 2012.
It was followed by Merriam-based Seaboard Corp., the food, energy and transportation conglomerate, which was ranked number 411. It climbed 16 spots from last year.
O’Reilly Automotive, the Springfield, Mo.-based auto parts retailer, was ranked 412th, up from number 424 last year.
Finally, YRC Worldwide made the list — but just barely at number 498. That was down from 487th in 2012.
Atop the Fortune list this year: Wal-Mart Stores Inc.