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First Data

5565 Glenridge Connector NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

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Industry:Financial Data Services
Fortune Rank:243
2011 Revenue:$10.7 billion
Employees:27,000

First Data is a provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions for merchants, financial institutions and card issuers globally and has operations in 36 countries, serving over 5.3 million merchant locations and over 2,000 card issuers and their customers. The company is organized in four primary segments: Merchant Services provides merchant acquiring and processing services; Financial Services provides financial institutions and other third parties with credit, debit, retail card processing, debit network services, output services, check verification, settlement and guarantee services, remittance processing services, and services facilitating government payments; International provides products and services in international markets; and Prepaid Services consists of businesses that provide open and closed loop stored-value products and processing services.

Although the company originated in 1971 as First Data Resources, the current public incarnation of the company was spun off from American Express in 1992. The company has twice called Atlanta home, moving here from New Jersey in 1998, then relocating to Colorado, and returning to Atlanta in 2009.

First Data's local operations include company headquarters in the Central Perimeter's Glenridge Highlands and Merchant Services operations in Kennesaw and Marietta, as well as facilities in Newnan, Norcross, and Woodstock.

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