Rank in Medical and Other Precision Equipment: 1
(Previous rank: 2)
Overall score: 7.29
Why it's admiredThe Minnesota-based company may be best known for its adhesives, like Post-it Notes and Scotch Tape, which have been helping hold the country together for decades.
Today, though, the company offers thousands of products, including high-tech touch screens and fiber optic cables. Sales have been on the rise (though profits fell recently), and the company is poised for even greater growth overseas.
Emerging markets now make up a third of the company's business, and some projections put that closer to half within the next five years. --A.V.
Should 3M be admired, or what?