So what are the companies with headquarters in Orlando? Why is Orlando important in connection with companies with HQs in it? Because it is of the major industrial centers in America, so it is the home of large numbers of companies that deal with restaurants, banking, real estate, etc. Orlando is famous for its theme park that with a little exaggeration it can be said to be the center of the world, thanks to Walt Disney. We can find big companies in Orlando such as Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT), General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), Mitsubishi Power Systems, Siemens Ltd (NSE:SIEMENS), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ), and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN).
To make the article, Insider Monkey collected more than 20 companies with headquarters in Orlando. Their work is very thorough as usual, so it is really worth reading the article. We have picked three companies from their list: CNL Financial Group Inc, Darden Restaurants, Inc; and Hard Rock Café International, Inc. CNL Financial Group Inc is on of the biggest private real estate companies based in Orlando. It was established in 1973 by its current Executive Chairman, James Seneff. This company has also bought lots of resorts, hotels in and around Orlando. This company employs between 500 and 1,000 people in Orlando. Darden Restaurants, Inc is one of the largest public full-service restaurant chains headquartered in Greater Orlando. The bigger restaurants, that this company owns: Olive Garden – $3.8 billion in sales in Fiscal Year 2016 from 843 units; Longhorn Steakhouse – $1.6 billion in sales in Fiscal Year 2016 from 481 units; Seasons 52 Fresh Grill – $254 milion in sales in Fiscal Year 2016 from 40 units, and some more that you can check in Insider Monkey’s article. At last but not least we can mention Hard Rock Café from the list, which is a private restaurant chain based in Orlando. It was founded in 1971 in London, then it way bought by Seminole Tribe of Florida for $965 million, and the HQ moved to Orlando. It contains cafés, casinos, and hotels in 68 countries and employs about 39,000 people. We can find Hard Rock Café in the U.K, Canada, Singapore, Columbia, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, India. Mexico, Panama, and in many more countries.
If you are interested in more interesting facts about this topic, you should read Insider Monkey’s article about the companies with headquarters in Orlando.