for fiscal year 2000. Managers, employees, retirees, and the founding families own 90% of UPS.
Verizon was formed in 2000 when Bell Atlantic bought GTE, and is the #1 local phone company in the U.S. and the #2 telecom services provider, behind AT&T. Verizon has 62 million local-access lines throughout the U.S. Verizon Wireless, the company’s joint venture with Vodafone, is the #1 U.S. wireless provider, with about 28.7 million mobile phone customers nationwide. Outside the U.S., Verizon affiliates serve 36 million wireless customers and operate 13 million access lines; the company also plans to build a multinational data network. Verizon has 6.9 million U.S. long-distance customers, and its revenues for fiscal year 2000 were approximately 68 billion dollars.
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers a full range of health insurance and related products and services and employs 1,723 people. As part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Wellmark is part of a national network of 46 plans that insure nearly 78 million Americans. Wellmark has 1.35 million customers in Iowa and South Dakota.