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Sinclair Broadcast Group makes Fortune 1000 list for first time

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. cracked the Fortune 1000 list for the first time, the Hunt Valley-based television station owner said Wednesday.

The broadcaster ranked 913th on Fortune Magazine's annual list of the 1,000 largest companies based on annual revenue.

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Under Armour, the Baltimore-based athletic-apparel maker, was the biggest mover among Maryland firms, jumping to 597th with 28.5 percent revenue growth, to $3.96 billion last year.

The Fortune 500 rankings, announced this month and led by Walmart, Exxon Mobil and Apple, included four Maryland companies: No. 60 Lockheed Martin, No. 195 Marriott International and No. 472 Host Hotels & Resorts, all based in Bethesda, and No. 406 Discovery Communications, based in Silver Spring.

Other Baltimore-area firms on the Fortune 1000 include:

•Sparks-based spice maker McCormick & Co., which moved up to the 567th spot with $4.29 billion in sales.

•Baltimore mutual fund manager T. Rowe Price Group Inc., at 573 with $4.2 billion in revenues.

•industrial machinery maker Colfax, based in Annapolis Junction, with $3.96 billion in sales, ranked 596th.

•Columbia-based chemicals company W.R. Grace ranked 717th with $3.05 billion in revenue;

•Baltimore-based money management firm Legg Mason was No. 768 with $2.82 billion in revenue.

•Hanover-based technology business Ciena, No. 854, had $2.45 billion in sales.

Sinclair, one of the nation's largest broadcasters, which owns, operates or provides services to 173 TV stations in 81 markets, reported revenue of $2.2 billion last year. It was among three TV broadcasters on this year's list.

"This latest achievement is reflective of our commitment to growth and value creation," said David Amy, Sinclair's chief operating officer and executive vice president.

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