Four regional companies make Fortune 500 list

Sprint headquarters in Overland Park.
Sprint headquarters in Overland Park. File photo by DAVID EULITT | The Kansas City Star

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.

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