Atlanta takes 15 spots in list of largest black businesses

Credit: Phil Skinner

Credit: Phil Skinner

Fifteen metro Atlanta businesses are in the 2016 Black Enterprise 100s, the most recently available -- an annual compilation of the largest black-owned or majority black-owned companies by annual revenue or assets. Legacy Automotive Group, which has dealerships in Columbus and metro Atlanta, had 2015 revenues of $102 million and is 25th on the list of the 50 largest auto dealerships.

The ranked businesses are in four categories: industrial/service (including construction and manufacturing companies, media companies, IT services and others), which included ten of the 15; as well as auto dealerships, advertising and financial services.

The largest business by revenues was Wade Ford Inc., an auto dealer in Smyrna, with total revenues of $554 million. (BE said its data is accurate as of Dec. 31, 2015.) The largest financial firm was Atlanta's Citizens Trust Bank, operated by the Citizens Bancshares Corporation, with $389 million in assets.

The 15 businesses are:

  • Wade Ford Inc.
  • H. J. Russell & Co.
  • The Baran Co. L.L.C. (Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead)
  • Citizens Bancshares Corp. (Citizens Trust Bank)
  • The Gourmet Cos.
  • Jackmont Hospitality Inc.
  • Legacy Automotive Group
  • Benton-Georgia L.L.C.
  • Jackson Acura
  • C. D. Moody Construction Co. Inc.
  • Engineering Design Technologies Inc.
  • TME Enterprises 1 LTD
  • B & S Electric Supply Co. Inc.
  • CarterBrothers Company
  • ALL (N) 1 Security Services

See the complete BE 100s -- including additional distinctions such as growth and employment leaders, here.