Top companies: charting the course of the region's top-grossing businesses."We all thought we saw recovery happening last year," says Kathy Baylis, vice president of the Sarasota County Committee for Economic Development. Now, she says, "The whole landscape has changed. I don't consider the forecast bleak, I just don't think it's going to get much better too soon. This could last well into 2003."
Even our many retired residents, who have insulated the region from economic downturns in the past, may not protect us forever. "Particularly where you have an area with lots of retirees, if they're taking big hits in the stock market, at some point, it has to start trickling down to the rest of the local economy," says Nancy Engel of the Manatee County Economic Development Council.
"We've won some, and some we've lost," acknowledges Engel. In 2002, Southern Foodservices, a locally owned, homegrown company, closed after 75 years in operation (although parts of it will live on through an acquisition by Sysco Foods). Andersen, the Sarasota tax software branch of accounting giant Arthur Andersen For the U.S. Supreme Court case commonly known as Arthur Andersen, see .
Arthur Andersen LLP, based in Chicago, was once one of the "Big Five" accounting firms (the other four are PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young and KPMG), performing , became a casualty of the Enron accounting debacle.
Bankruptcies also took their toll. Uniroyal, one of Sarasota's largest employers, sought bankruptcy protection after laying off more than half its employees, but hopes to reorganize. Telecommunications tower Telecommunications tower is the generic description of a tower built primarrly to hold telecommunications antennas.
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3. growth, closed in June, then reopened its doors to a much smaller operation.
But 2002 did have some bright spots. Onyx North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , the country's largest environmental waste company, moved its headquarters to Sarasota. Beall's new distribution center was courted by a number of states, but chose Manatee County instead. Manatee also secured Chris Craft's new product line by providing qualified targeted tax incentives. In fact, Baylis says, a record number of companies have relocated to Sarasota County or expanded over the past two years, adding nearly 1,000 jobs and more than $74 million in capital investment to the local economy.
But she's not sure that trend will continue. Economists estimate that nationally, relocations are off by 40-60 percent from last year. Because it can take years to negotiate such moves (Baylis says it took Sarasota three years to lure Boar's Head, which moved here in 2001), Baylis and Engel are redirecting their marketing efforts toward building closer relationships with site-selection organizations.
"Our area seems to be riding the storm better than other communities," says Engel. "As long as Florida remains an affordable place to live and maintains its quality of life, we're going to have a certain amount of growth, just not at the same pace as before."
Baylis agrees. "But it's certainly not going to be like it was from 1998 to 2000. It may never be that way again," she says.
Despite the impediments to growth, our 2002 list of top companies is the biggest ever--137, compared to last year's 130. Eighteen companies are new to the list-which might indicate that we're doing a better job of finding qualified companies as well as that some local companies are managing to grow and prosper even in difficult times. Combined revenues for the entire group reached $16.3 billion, up nearly 20 percent from last year.
Of the companies that appeared on our list last year, 60 posted increases, 27 lost money, and 31 maintained the same revenues as last year. While the majority of increases averaged 14 percent, five of our companies posted increases of 47 percent or more.
Others suffered losses. Comdial, for example, plagued by a faltering telecommunications market and debt problems, posted one of the biggest losses--30 percent. Mike Carter Construction saw sales fall by 40 percent. Overall, however, decreases averaged around 13 percent.
By sector, manufacturers maintained the most even keel. Eleven of the 23 on our list reported the same revenues as last year. Increases and decreases for the rest averaged 13 percent, with two exceptions: Pleasure boat manufacturer Wellcraft posted sales 61.4 percent higher than last year; Teltronic came in second highest at 48.4 percent.
Thanks to our predominantly senior population and their specialized medical needs, those in the health care industry continued to gain, averaging 14 percent increases. Even Doctor's Hospital, which closed its maternity ward maternity ward
The department of a hospital that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth as well as for newborn infants. in 2002 because of declining revenues, posted a 20 percent increase overall.
But the most profitable industries last year were construction and home development. Seventeen home builders made the list; and with a single exception, all reported increases averaging 23 percent. "We're shielded here in Sarasota, because we still have a very good retirement population, boomer population and, believe it or not, expansion of the job market," says Lee Wetherington of Lee Wetherington Homes. Wetherington's sales soared 87.6 percent last year. Like the other successful builders in our group, Wetherington purchases most of the land he builds on; and most of that land lies east of I-75, where growth outpaces any other area.
At one point last year, residents' insatiable appetite for new homes in Sarasota overwhelmed building inspectors' who fell months behind in issuing new building permits. Given the uncertainty of other economic sectors, how much longer can this boom last? "Housing has been appreciating at 10-15 percent, even higher on the water," says Wetherington. "Maybe waterfront property over $2 million is becoming inflated, but in the $200,000-$600,000 range, Sarasota is still the best value in new home construction.
Speaking of construction, here's how we build our annual list of Sarasota's biggest moneymakers. Companies must report annual revenues of $10 million or more and either be headquartered here or be self-contained divisions of larger companies. They are ranked by annual sales, which is why we exclude some, such as auto dealerships or financial institutions, that report sales in a way that does not compare meaningfully to most other companies. If companies on our list earned revenues through commissions, we report earnings after those commissions. We ask real estate firms for only their commissioned portion of sales.
We publish sales figures sales figures npl → cifras fpl de ventas exactly as companies report them to us; last year's sales are noted in parentheses See parenthesis.
parentheses - See left parenthesis, right parenthesis. after the current year's sales. If a company declines to report sales, we estimate, using a variety of sources. If a company prefers not to disclose annual revenues, but will confirm they make at least $10 million, we show those companies earning $10 million-plus. We also publish estimates given to us by companies that project earnings because their fiscal year did not end before our press time. All estimated figures are clearly marked as such.
To make the list as comprehensive as possible, we cross-check with numerous local, regional and national sources, including economic development councils and industry analysts. We are always prospecting for qualified companies to add to the list, and we hope you will bring any omissions to our attention so we can consider them for next year's story.
1. Tropicana Products Tropicana Products, an American based company, was founded in Bradenton, Florida, USA in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi. Since 1998, it has been owned by PepsiCo, Inc. History
Anthony T. Rossi
Anthony T. , Inc. (Manatee)
World's leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices
PRESIDENT: James E. Dwyer
ANNUAL SALES: $2.3 billion ($2.3 billion)
EMPLOYEES: 5,200 worldwide; 3,200 in Manatee/Sarasota
WEB SITE: www.tropicana.com
Tropicana is the No. 3 brand in U.S. grocery stores and is sold in 30 countries worldwide.
2. Onyx North America
The largest provider of environmental services The various combinations of scientific, technical, and advisory activities (including modification processes, i.e., the influence of manmade and natural factors) required to acquire, produce, and supply information on the past, present, and future states of space, atmospheric, in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.
PRESIDENT & CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. : G.W. "Bill" Dietrich
ANNUAL SALES: $1.3 billion
EMPLOYEES: 8,600 nationwide
WEB SITE: www.onyxna.com
Has more than 295 operating locations with four decentralized de·cen·tral·ize
v. de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing, de·cen·tral·iz·es
1. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities. business units that deliver a wide range of integrated environmental solutions to virtually every industrial, commercial, municipal and residential sector. Onyx's Montenay Power Corporation in Miami won the SWANA SWANA Solid Waste Association of North America
SWANA South West Asia and North Africa Gold Award in the waste-to-energy category and Onyx Waste Services won a bronze award Several organizations issue awards with this name:
3. Vengroff Williams & Associates, Inc.
Credit and collections, subrogation The substitution of one person in the place of another with reference to a lawful claim, demand, or right, so that he or she who is substituted succeeds to the rights of the other in relation to the debt or claim, and its rights, remedies, or Securities. claims, medical accounts payable, management of rental units in Sarasota and New York New York, state, United States
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ANNUAL SALES: $1.1 billion (represents actual revenues after collections) ($800 million)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Harvey Vengroff
EMPLOYEES: 250 in Sarasota; 1,100-plus nationwide
WEB SITE: www.vwainc.com Now owns 400 apartments and currently negotiating the purchase of additional properties.
4. Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Manufacturer of premium delicatessen meats and cheeses
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert S. Martin
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $930 million (Estimated, $542 million)
WEB SITE: www.boarshead.com
5. Taylor Woodrow, Inc. (Manatee)
Community developer, luxury home and high-rise condo builder, commercial property
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John R. Peshkin
ANNUAL SALES: $880 million ($769 million)
FOUNDED: 1921 in England, 1936 in North America
WEB SITE: www.taylorwoodrow.com
Renowned for creating extraordinary lifestyle communities with world-class amenities, building a wide range of luxury homes and high-rise condominiums and commercial properties. Local projects include The Oaks Preserve, Sawgrass Sawgrass can be:
6. Beall's Inc. (Manatee)
Retailer of family apparel, footwear and gifts
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert M. Beall II
ANNUAL SALES: $715 million ($600 million)
WEB SITE: www.beallsinc.com
More than 430 department, outlet and gift stores in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures
Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15. and California. Plans to enter Missouri, New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). and Arkansas in the coming year.
7. Intertape Polymer Group (Manatee)
Developer and manufacturer of specialized plastic and paper products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Melbourne F Yull
ANNUAL SALES: $595 million ($654 million)
WEB SITE: www.lntertapepolymer.com
ISO (1) See ISO speed.
(2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, www.iso.ch) An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI. 9002 certified, trading stock under the symbol ITP ITP - Intent to Package on the New York stock exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City. and Toronto stock exchange Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE)
Canada's largest stock exchange, trading approximately 1,200 company stocks and 33 options. . Operations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Portugal with 23 facilities, including 17 manufacturing locations.
8. FCCI FCCI Fellowship of Companies for Christ International
FCCI Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
FCCI Fuel-Cladding Chemical Interaction
FCCI Federation des Comites de Coordination de Independantistes Insurance Group
Commercial property and casualty insurance throughout the Southeast and Midwest
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: G.W. Jacobs
ANNUAL SALES: $528 million ($384.3 million)
WEB SITE: www.fcci-group.com
Corporate headquarters located in a new state-of-the-art office complex in Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch is a master-planned community that has been developed since 1994 on the border of Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida. The development is to the East of I-75 and sits mainly between University Parkway to the South and State Road 64 to the North. .
9. New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
World's largest computer training company
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Joseph Tortoretti
ANNUAL SALES: $512 million ($530.3 million)
EMPLOYEES: 7,000 company-wide; 23 in Sarasota
WEB SITE: www.newhorizons.com
Company has a network of 280 locations in 44 countries; named to Fortune's 100 fastest-growing companies; the Sarasota location is a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center and licensed by Florida Department Florida is a department (departamento) of Uruguay. Population and Demographics
As of the census of 2004, there were 68,181 people and 21,938 households in the department. The average household size was 3.1. For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males. of Education for career education.
10. Manatee Memorial Hospital and Health System (Manatee)
Licensed 491-bed acute care hospital
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Brian Flynn Brian Flynn, (born 1955) is a Welsh football manager and former Welsh international player. He was a midfield player and, at 161cm (5'3"), one of the shortest professional football players of modern times.
ANNUAL SALES: $475 million ($475 million)
WEB SITE: www.manateememorial.com
Voted "Best Hospital' in 2002 by the Bradenton Herald's readers for eighth consecutive year; JCAHO JCAHO Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, see there accreditation for 2002; industry appreciation award for community service from the Manatee Economic Development Council.
11. Edwards Systems Technology (Manatee)
Design and manufacture of commercial fire detection systems, mid-range and small fire system products, including closed circuit television cameras and security systems
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jay Twombly
ANNUAL SALES: $350 million ($285 million)
WEB SITE: www. est. net
Acquired Dukane (healthcare and school sound systems) and additional European and Chinese distribution manufacturing.
12. Blake Medical Center (Manatee)
383-bed acute-care hospital offering services from open-heart care to birth care
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Daniel J. Friedrich Ill
ANNUAL SALES: $342 million (Estimated, $307 million)
WEB SITE: www.blakemedicalcenter.com
A Top 100 hospital for the past five years; received JCAHO accreditation with commendation; the first hospital in Florida and the third in the nation to receive OSHA OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a branch of the US Department of Labor responsible for establishing and enforcing safety and health standards in the workplace. voluntary protection merit award; has one of the top 100 ICU ICU intensive care unit.
intensive care unit
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ICU departments in the country.
13. Gevity HR, Inc. (Manatee)
One of the largest human resource providers in the United States
CHAIRMAN & CEO: Erik Vonk
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $310.4 million ($270 million)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 1,200
WEB SITE: www.gevityhr.com
14. Central European Distribution Corporation
One of the largest importers and distributors of alcoholic beverages
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William V William V may refer to:
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $300 million ($178 million)
EMPLOYEES: 1400, 2 locally
WEB SITE: www.ced-c.com
Publicly traded as CEDC CEDC Community Education Development Centre (UK)
CEDC Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances (Program)
CEDC Club Español del Dogo Canario (Spanish) on NASDAQ NASDAQ
in full National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations
U.S. market for over-the-counter securities. Established in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), NASDAQ is an automated quotation system that reports on .
15. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Hospital and outpatient services outpatient services Hospital-based services Managed care Medical and other services provided, to a nonadmitted Pt, by a hospital or other qualified facility–eg, mental health clinic, rural health clinic, mobile X-ray unit, free-standing dialysis unit Examples and affiliates
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lindell W. Orr
ANNUAL SALES: $270 million ($225 million)
WEB SITE: www.doctorsofsarasota.com
recognition by an appropriate authority that the performance of a particular institution has satisfied a prestated set of criteria.
cattle herds which have achieved a low level of reactors to, e.g. by JCAHO, certified cancer registry A cancer registry is a systematic collection of data about cancer and tumor diseases. The data is collected by Cancer Registrars. Cancer Registrars capture a complete summary of patient history, diagnosis, treatment, and status for every cancer patient in the United States, and program.
16. Bon Secours Venice Healthcare Corporation
342-bed hospital, 120-bed nursing care center, 102-bed assisted living as·sist·ed living
A living arrangement in which people with special needs, especially older people with disabilities, reside in a facility that provides help with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, and taking medication. facility, ambulatory care center ambulatory care center Walk-in clinic Medical practice A free-standing facility that provides non-emergent medical, or less commonly, dental services with outpatient surgery Outpatient Surgery, also referred to as ambulatory surgery or same-day surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The term “outpatient” arises from the fact that surgery patients may go home do not need an overnight hospital (Health Park), primary care physician network, Medicare and non-Medicare home healthcare
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael G. Guley
ANNUAL SALES: $222.5 million ($197.5 million)
WEB SITE: www.bonsecours.org/venice
Named one of the top 100 orthopedic and stroke hospitals.
17. The "Nelco" Companies (Manatee)
Professional employer organization A professional employer organization (PEO) provides outsourcing of payroll, workers' compensation, human resources and employee benefits administration. It does this by hiring a client company’s employees, thus becoming their employer of record.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Virginia A. Dorris, E.A.
ANNUAL SALES: $217.4 million
EMPLOYEES: 70 locally
WEB SITE: www.gonelco.com
The No. 1 female-owned business in Tampa Bay Tampa Bay, inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, 25 mi (40 km) long and 7 to 12 mi (11.3–19 km) wide, W Fla., separated from the Gulf by numerous small islands; it receives the Hillsborough River. St. for the second year.
18. Dooley and Mack Constructors, Inc.
Construction managers, general contractors, design/builders
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William R. Dooley
ANNUAL SALES: $185 million ($175 million)
WEB SITE: www.dooleymack.com
Recent projects include the Sarasota County Historic Courthouse, Somerset Cay, The Venice 9/11 Memorial and J.H. Floyd Sunshine Meadows.
19. Correctional Services Corporation and Youth Services International
A leading developer and operator of adult correctional facilities and one of the largest providers of juvenile rehabilitation services
ANNUAL SALES: $174 million (Estimated, $233 million)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: James F. Slattery
WEB SITE: www.correctionalservices.com
Trades publicly under the NASDAQ symbol "CSCQ CSCQ Centre Suisse de Contrôle de Qualité (French: Organisation for Quality Control of Medical Analysis; Switzerland)
CSCQ China Soaring Crane Qigong
CSCQ Conseil de la Santé Communautaire du Québec ."
20. Wellcraft Marine Corp. (Manatee)
Manufacturing of fiberglass boats under the brand names Wellcraft, Aquasport and Hydra-Sports
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dean Samuelson
ANNUAL SALES: $142 million (Estimated $88 million)
WEB SITE: www.wellcraft.com
21. Pacific Tomato Growers, Ltd. (Manatee)
Grower, packer and shipper of fresh market fruits and vegetables
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Joseph Esformes
ANNUAL SALES: $139.7 million ($122.3 million)
EMPLOYEES: 125-2,000 (varying seasonally)
WEB SITE: www.ptg.eee.com
Member Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Manatee Economic Development Council; sponsor of the Sunripe Golf Classic benefiting the USF USF University of South Florida
USF Universal Service Fund (often part of phone bill in US)
USF University of San Francisco
USF University of Sioux Falls
USF University of St. College of Education Migrant Teacher Scholarship program; nominated for the 2002 Industry of the Year award in Manatee County.
22. W.G. Mills, Inc. (Manatee)
Construction manager and general contractor
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Walter G. Mills and Lemuel Sharp III
ANNUAL SALES: $136 million ($175 million)
WEB SITE: www.wgmills.com
Five regional offices throughout Florida, including corporate headquarters in Sarasota, Clearwater, Fort Myers Fort Myers, city (1990 pop. 45,206), seat of Lee co., SW Fla., on the Caloosahatchee River, near the Gulf of Mexico; founded 1850, inc. 1905. It has a tourist trade and light industry and is a shipping point for citrus fruits, winter vegetables, flowers (especially , Palm Beach Gardens and Jacksonville.
23. PGT PGT Public Guardian and Trustee
PGT Procuradoria Geral do Trabalho (Brazil general attorney's office of the work)
PGT Pistol Grip Tool
PGT Post Graduate Training
PGT Princeton Gamma-Tech, Inc. Industries
Florida's leading manufacturer of custom windows, doors and patio rooms
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Randy White Randy White may refer to:
ANNUAL SALES: $130 million ($120 million)
WEB SITE: www.pgtindustries.com
24. Administrative Concepts Corp.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: George E. Bushong
ANNUAL SALES: $121.7 million ($48.8 million)
E-MAIL e-mail: see electronic mail.
in full electronic mail
Messages and other data exchanged between individuals using computers in a network. : email@example.com
Third-fastest growing business in the Tampa Bay area.
25. JCI JCI Journal of Clinical Investigation
JCI Johnson Controls, Inc.
JCI Junior Chamber International
JCI Joint Commission International
JCI Japan Concrete Institute
JCI Journal of Communication Inquiry
JCI Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company Limited Jones Chemicals, Inc.
Manufacturer and distributor of industrial chemicals
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jeffrey W. Jones
ANNUAL SALES: $115 million ($115 million)
26. Foreign Trade Marketing
Consumer product exporter and importer
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Irwin Tobocman
ANNUAL SALES: $110 million ($106 million)
WEB SITE: www.foreigntrademarketing.com
27. Dental Care Alliance, Inc.
Provides dental management services to 87 dental practices in seven states
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dr. Steven R. Matzkin
ANNUAL SALES: $105 million (Estimated, $103 million)
EMPLOYEES: 81 locally; 1,142 throughout eastern U.S.
WEB SITE: www.dentalcarealliance.com
Company is creating a wholly-owned subsidiary to provide dental practice consulting Services to currently non-affiliated dental practices.
28. Sysco Food Services--West Coast Florida Inc. (Manatee)
Full line marketer and distributor of food, non-food and related items to restaurants, hospitals, hotels, cruise ships This is a list of cruise ships, both those in service and those that have since ceased to operate. Both cruise ships and cruiseferries are included in this list. (Ocean liners are not included on this list, see List of ocean liners. and all mass feeding institutions
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Carl S. Cannova
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $100.4 million (Estimated, $97.3 million)
WEB SITE: www.syscowcf.com
29. American Marine Holdings, Inc. (Manatee)
Parent company of two boat manufacturing companies--Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lee Kimmell
ANNUAL SALES: $100 million-plus ($150 million-plus)
WEB SITE: www.donzimarine.com, www.prolineboats.com
30. Invensys Sensor Systems
Supplier of magnetic, ultrasonic and resistive resistive /re·sis·tive/ (re-zis´tiv) pertaining to or characterized by resistance. speed, position and motion sensors and controls
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Steve Anderson
ANNUAL SALES: $75 million ($75 million)
WEB SITE: www.speed-position.invensys.com
31. Ajax Paving Industries
Road construction and paving
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael A. Horan
ANNUAL SALES: $70 million ($50 million)
WEB SITE: www.ajaxpaving.com
32. Comdial Corporation
Develops and markets advanced business phone systems, voice over IP (VolP), voice processing The computerized handling of voice, which includes voice store and forward, voice response, voice recognition and text to speech technologies. , unified messaging Having access to e-mail, voice mail and faxes via a common computer application or by telephone. For example, unified messaging may send faxes and digitized voice mail to a mail server that turns them into e-mail attachments. and computer telephone integration solutions for small- to mid-sized offices
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Nick Branica
ANNUAL SALES: $70 million ($100 million)
WEB SITE: www.comdial.com
Comdial is the 10th-largest Key Systems/PBX/IP PBX (Private Branch eXchange) An inhouse telephone switching system that interconnects telephone extensions to each other as well as to the outside telephone network (PSTN). vendor in the U.S. In 2002, Florida Trend Magazine ranked the company No. 155 among Florida's top 250 publicly held companies.
33. Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Anheuser-Busch and Corona portfolio brands of beer distributor for Sarasota and Manatee counties
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John W. Saputo
ANNUAL SALES: $70 million ($58 million)
WEB SITE: www.abwslr.com/goldcoast eagle
Enjoys a nearly 69 percent market share with 1,350 retail accounts: supports more than 300 charitable events; received "Wholesaler of the Year" award for Florida from Anheuser-Busch.
34. Sun Hydraulics
Designer and manufacturer of hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Allen Carlson
ANNUAL SALES: $70 million ($80 million)
WEB SITE: www.sunhydraulics.com
Facilities in Sarasota and Manatee; other facilities located in U.K., Germany, South Korea and China.
35. Tropitone Furniture Co., Inc. (Manatee)
Design and manufacturer of fine casual furniture
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael Echolds
ANNUAL SALES: $70 million ($70 million)
WEB SITE: www.tropitone.com
Industry honors include the Apollo IBO Ibo: see Igbo. contract, Roscoe, French Sisel Vert, design excellence and ADEX ADEX Athens Derivatives Exchange (Athens, Greece)
ADEX Air Defense Exercise
ADEX Advertisement Expenditure
ADEX Asociaciã³n de Exportadores (Peru) design awards.
36. Pierce Mfg. Inc. (Manatee)
Manufacturer of commercial fire apparatus and defense transportation products
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Tom Paulus
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $70 million ($40 million)
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Oshkosh Truck NYSE: OSK, is a manufacturer of specialty trucks and truck bodies for defense, industrial and fire emergency applications. It is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and employs about 7,000 people worldwide in five countries. Corp.; growth plans at 35 percent for next fiscal year.
37. Signs Now Corporation (Manatee)
Franchise sales of professional graphic solutions sign companies
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mike Etchieson
ANNUAL SALES: $65 million ($65 million)
EMPLOYEES: 38 locally; 1,000 nationwide
WEB SITE: www.signsnow.com
Ranked ninth in Success Magazine's top 200 franchises; named to Entrepreneur Magazine's 200 top domestic and international franchises.
38. Teltronics, Inc. (Manatee)
Manufactures telephone switching Telephone switching
Moving one's assets from one mutual fund or variable annuity to another by telephone.
The movement of an investor's funds from one mutual fund to another mutual fund on the basis of an order given via systems and software for small- to large-size businesses, government and 911 public safety communications centers
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Ewen R. Cameron
ANNUAL SALES: $64.1 million ($43.2 million)
WEB SITE: www.teltronics.com
Member of the Tampa Bay Technology Fast 50 for 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002; the Economic Development Council of Manatee County "Industry of the Year" for 2001; Industry Appreciation Award for outstanding contributions to Manatee County for 2001; named one of the top 50 businesses in the area.
39. Lee Wetherington Companies
Homebuilder, developer, pool builder
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lee Wetherington
ANNUAL SALES: $61.9 million ($33 million)
WEB SITE: www.lwhomes.com
2001 Service Company of the Year; winner of more than 190 Parade of Homes The Parade of Homes is a showcase of new homes held annually in several regions throughout the United States. Alternatively known as the Tour of Homes in some locales, it is often presented by the local Home Builders Association (HBA) or Building Industry Association (BIA). awards.
40. L-3 Communications
L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LLL) is a company that supplies command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems and , Aviation Recorders
World's leading manufacturer of solid state Cockpit voice, flight data and maritime voyage recorders, as well as automatic identification systems and digital selective calling VHF radios for commercial, civil and military applications
PRESIDENT: Bruce Coffey
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $60 million (Estimated, $60 million)
WEB SITE: www.L-3com.com
Has acquired substantially all of the assets of Ross Engineering and will integrate the Ross product lines into the L-3 Communications' aviation recorders marine systems products.
41. Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc. (Manatee)
Developer of Lakewood Ranch, with other businesses in agriculture and aggregate mining
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: C. John A. Clarke
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $60 million (Estimated, $52 million)
WEB SITE: www.lakewoodranch.com
"Best in American Living Award" for the best master-planned community in America; Grand Aurora for Best Community with over 150 units; Reader's Choice and Reader's Preference Awards for Best Community from readers of both Sarasota Herald-Tribune The Sarasota Herald-Tribune is a daily newspaper located in Sarasota, Florida. It is owned by The New York Times Company and part of its regional news group. Along with Comcast, the newspaper operates a local 24-hour cable television station called SNN News 6. and Bradenton Herald.
42. Trilectron Industries, Inc. (an ITW ITW In The Wild (informatics, antivirus research)
ITW Information Theory Workshop (IEEE)
ITW Into Thy Word (religion)
ITW Into the Woods company)
Manufacturer of aviation ground support equipment for commercial and military customers
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Daniel L. Downey
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $60 million (Estimated, $10 million-plus)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 221
WEB SITE: www.trilectron.com
43. Hi-Stat Mfg. Co., A division of Stoneridge Inc. (Manatee)
Manufacturer of original equipment sensors for the automotive industry The automotive industry is the industry involved in the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of motor vehicles. In 2006, more than 69 million motor vehicles, including cars and commercial vehicles were produced worldwide.
GENERAL MANAGER: Ray Laurent
ANNUAL SALES: $59 million ($59 million)
WEB SITE: www.hi-stat.com
QS9000 certified; Ford Q1 supplier.
44. Neal Communities, Neal Custom Homes (Manatee)
Land developer and home builder
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Patrick K. Neal
ANNUAL SALES: $58 million ($55.9 million)
WEB SITE: www.nealcustomhomes.com
Major projects include University Park (named best master-planned community in America), Pence Bay Club, Wild Oak Bay, three new communities at Lakewood Ranch, three more at University Place. Winner of 31 Aurora Awards from the Southeast Builders Conference.
45. Sarasota Kennel Club Kennel Club
the principal body for maintaining stud books and registering purebred dogs in Great Britain.
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Jack Collins Sr. and Jack Collins Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: $55.5 million ($54 million)
WEB SITE: www.greyhoundracing.com
46. Scott Paint Company
Manufacturer wholesale and retail paints and coatings
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Doug Ramer
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $52.1 million ($22 million)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 150
WEB SITE: www.scottpaint.com
47. Bruce Williams Bruce Williams is an American businessman and radio talk show host, who hosts The Bruce Williams Show on weekday evenings from 7 PM to 10 PM Eastern time. Williams has been doing his national radio show for more than 25 years. Homes (Manatee)
Homebuilder and developer
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lloyd E. Williams Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: $51 million ($34.7 million)
WEB SITE: www.bwhomes.coms
Numerous awards include the Manatee Homebuilders Association Builder of the Year and Parade of Homes; member of the MHBA MHBA Manitoba Home Builders' Association (Canada)
MHBA Maryland Horse Breeders Association
MHBA Micro and Home Business Association (Australia)
MHBA Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association , Youth for Christ Youth for Christ is an international Christian ministry program that promotes youth evangelism and biblical Christianity.
In the early 1940s, during World War II, many young men, mostly ministers and evangelists, were holding large rallies in Canada, the United Kingdom and Board and past member Junior Achievement.
48. Prince Contracting Co., Inc. (Manatee)
Golf course construction, land clearing, general contractor
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Chester Price
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $50.5 million
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 215
49. APAC-Florida, Inc. (Manatee)
Highway/road contractor and asphalt manufacturer
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Donofrio
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $50 million-plus ($50 million)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 600 statewide
50. Eaton Aerospace (Manatee)
Electrical power and load management systems for aerospace applications
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Matthew Taylor Matthew Taylor is the name of several people, including:
ANNUAL SALES: $50 million ($55 million)
FOUNDED: 1893; 1978 in Manatee
WEB SITE: www.eaton.com
51. Lu-Mar Lobster and Shrimp Corp.
PRESIDENT: Louis Sedacca
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $50 million
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 11
52. Westra Construction Corp. (Manatee)
Underground water and sewer utility contractor, wastewater treatment plants
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kenneth Beukema
ANNUAL SALES: $49 million ($49 million)
Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for the De Soto de So·to , Hernando or Fernando 1496?-1542.
Spanish explorer who landed in Florida in 1539 with 600 men and set out to search for the fabled riches of the north. Correctional Institute Annex project; member Suncoast Utility Contractors Association; American Public Works Association The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. Contractor of the Year Florida West Coast for 1996-97.
53. M. Pete McNabb, Inc. (Manatee)
Arthur Rutenberg Homes homebuilder
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Fete McNabb
ANNUAL SALES: $46.7 million ($38 million)
WEB SITE: www.arhomes.com
Arthur Rutenberg Homes "Builder of the Year" for 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2002; Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity, nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization that enables low-income people to own affordable, livable housing. Headquartered in Americus, Ga., it was founded in 1976 by businessman Millard Fuller and his wife. 1997; multi-Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchise owner.
54. C & D Fruit & Vegetable Co. (Manatee)
Grower, packer, shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas O'Brien
ANNUAL SALES: $45.5 million ($42 million)
WEB SITE: www.cdveg.com
Added Manatee logistics to handle all transportation needs. Member of Red Book, Blue Book and Gold Circle produce marketing.
55. Mike Carter Construction (Manatee)
Design/build firm and commercial construction
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mike Carter
ANNUAL SALES: $45 million ($75 million)
WEB SITE: www.carterconst.com
56. Swanson Services Corp.
Commissary COMMISSARY. An officer whose principal duties are to supply the army with provisions.
2. The Act of April 14, 1818, s. 6, requires that the president, by and with the consent of the senate, shall appoint a commissary general with the rank, pay, and emoluments services for correctional facilities, convenience stores The following is a list of convenience stores organized by geographical location. Stores are grouped by the lowest heading that contains all locales in which the brands have significant presence. and retail
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Charles L. Swanson Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $44.8 million (Estimated, $40 million)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 300
57. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital Hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of patients with various neurologic, musculoskeletal, orthopedic and other medical conditions following stabilization of their acute medical issues. of Sarasota
Rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, sports medicine sports medicine, branch of medicine concerned with physical fitness and with the treatment and prevention of injuries and other disorders related to sports. Knee, leg, back, and shoulder injuries; stiffness and pain in joints; tendinitis; "tennis elbow"; and and medical rehabilitation services
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Margaret A. Holloway
ANNUAL SALES: $44 million ($41 million)
WEB SITE: www.healthsouth.com
The only free-standing rehabilitation hospital on Florida's west coast with five out-patient and sports medicine centers.
58. Michael Saunders & Company
Full-service, licensed real estate brokerage offering residential, commercial, new homes, mortgage and title service
PRESIDENT: Michael Saunders
ANNUAL SALES: $43.2 million ($37.1 million)
EMPLOYEES: 111 employees; 380-plus associates
WEB SITE: www.michaelsaunders.com
Ranked first in the Sarasota market by sales volume and 72nd nationally by Real Trends 500; ranks 140th nationwide for number of transactions and 57th nationally as one of the largest independent real estate companies; an affiliate of Sotheby's International Realty Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in 1976, is a luxury real estate network that offers a collection of luxury homes, estates and properties for sale throughout the world. , Leading Estates of the World, RELO RELO Regional English Language Office (US Embassies)
RELO Real Estate Loan Officer Relocation Network, Who's Who Who’s Who
biographical dictionary of notable living people. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 922]
See : Fame in Luxury Real Estate and The Realty Alliance.
59. First Watch Restaurants
Breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kenneth L. Pendery Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: $43 million ($36 million)
EMPLOYEES: 1,250 system-wide
WEB SITE: www.firstwatch.com
Operates a number of restaurants throughout Florida; frequently voted best breakfast, brunch and lunch.
60. RMC RMC Royal Military College
RMC Radio Monte Carlo
RMC Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Virginia)
RMC Regional Medical Center
RMC Robert Morris College (Illinois)
RMC Rocky Mountain College South Florida, Inc. (Manatee)
(DBA Singletary Concrete Products, RMC South Florida Materials and Florida Rock and Sand)
Produces and distributes ready-mix concrete Ready-mix concrete is a type of concrete that is manufactured in a factory according to a set recipe, and then delivered to a worksite, often by truck. This results in a precise mixture, allowing specialty concrete mixtures to be developed and implemented on construction sites. , concrete and architectural block, concrete payers and related construction materials
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Richard A. Buckelew
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $42.9 million ($100 million)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 430
WEB SITE: www.singletaryconcrete.com
61. Englewood Community Hospital
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert C. Meade
ANNUAL SALES: $42.2 million
WEB SITE: www.englewoodcommunityhospital.com
Recognized in 1999 as a top hospital for orthopedics and recognized in 2000 as a top 100 hospital for stroke care; 2002 recipient of the Englewood Chamber of Commerce Nova Award for business leadership; out of 180 HCA HCA,
n.pr See acid, hydroxycitric. hospitals, rated in the top three percent for employee satisfaction.
62. Florikan E.S.A.
Environmentally safe agricultural, horticultural and home gardening products
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Ed and Betty Rosenthal
ANNUAL SALES: $42 million ($38 million)
WEB SITE: www.plantadvice.com
Winner of Excellence in Industry award for Sarasota County in 2001; winner of the Florida Governor's award for Most Innovative New Product of 2002.
63. Forest Products Supply
Manufactures architectural mill work, trusses, pre-hung door products supplier, lumber-related building materials Building materials used in the construction industry to create .
These categories of materials and products are used by and construction project managers to specify the materials and methods used for . , windows and hollow metal doors
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Larry Smart, COO
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $41 million ($40 million)
WEB SITE: www.forest-products.com
64. Carter Grandle (Manatee)
Manufacturer of casual furniture, replacement cushions and umbrellas
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Webb G. Carter
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $40 million ($32 million)
WEB SITE: www.cartergrandle.com
65. Regal Enterprises, Inc. (Manatee)
Arranges tour packages, wholesale
PRESIDENT: Stuart Graff
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $40 million
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 35
66. Southern Agricultural Insecticides (Manatee)
Formulator and distributor of lawn and garden and agricultural chemicals
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dr. John R. Diem
ANNUAL SALES: $38 million ($38 million)
WEB SITE: www.southernag.com
67. Woodruff & Sons, Inc.
Sewer line Noun 1. sewer line - a main in a sewage system
main - a principal pipe in a system that distributes water or gas or electricity or that collects sewage and water main construction, grading, wrecking and demolition
PRESIDENT: Ray Woodruff
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $35.9 million
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 250
68. Charter One Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
Hotel management company
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John W. Balliett
PRESIDENT: Jim Popielinski
ANNUAL SALES: $35 million ($36 million)
WEB SITE: www.charterhotels.com
Opening new Hampton New Hampton is the name of several towns in the United States:
69. McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc.
Commercial building specialists
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John A. Mcintyre
ANNUAL SALES: $33.7 million ($36.9 million)
Builds churches, elderly housing, offices, manufacturing and retail throughout Florida.
70. Kimal Lumber Co.
Retailer and distributor of building materials and exporter of soft woods
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Al E. Bavry
ANNUAL SALES: $33 million ($26.7 million)
WEB SITE: www.kimallumber.com
Company's Kimal Window and Door division sells and distributes Andersen window and door products, along with Therma Tru door products; locations include Nokomis and Englewood.
71. Aso Corporation
Manufacturer of first-aid products, primarily for store brand and private label
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Yasushi Kuki
ANNUAL SALES: $32 million ($32 million)
FOUNDED: 1950 in Japan; 1985 in U.S.
WEB SITE: www.asocorp.com
ISO 9001 certified; also operates facilities in the Netherlands and the Philippines. Expanded Sarasota manufacturing facility to 150,000 square feet.
72. John Cannon John Cannon may refer to:
Custom home builder
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dave Snyder
ANNUAL SALES: $31 million ($39 million)
WEB SITE: www.johncannonhomes.com
Readers Choice Award from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for eight consecutive years. Named to Professional Builder Professional Builder (ISSN-1072-0561) is a trade publication and web site owned by Reed Business Information serving the information needs of the housing and light construction marketplace. magazine's list of the "101 Best Companies to Work for in the Residential Construction Industry." Currently building in Amberwynd of Snead Island, Lakewood Ranch, Silver Oak on Palmer Ranch Palmer Ranch is a massive real estate development in Sarasota County, Florida between the cities of Sarasota and Osprey. Located very roughly by Clark Road, Tamiami Trail and Interstate 75, it was part of the original 80,000 acres (320 km²) of Florida land purchased by Bertha , North Creek Estates, The Hammocks and Mira Bay.
73. Protocol Communications
Integrated direct marketing services
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Stephen McLean
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $30.8 million (Estimated, $24.8 million)
EMPLOYEES: 5,000 in U.S. and Canada
WEB SITE: www.protocolusa.com
74. Wesco Turf, Inc.
Distributors of lawn, irrigation irrigation, in agriculture, artificial watering of the land. Although used chiefly in regions with annual rainfall of less than 20 in. (51 cm), it is also used in wetter areas to grow certain crops, e.g., rice. and commercial turf equipment
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William J. Gamble
ANNUAL SALES: $30.1 million ($33.6 million)
Received the Toro Toro may refer to:
75. Crane Environmental
Manufacturer of high-tech water purification It has been suggested that , , and be merged into this article or section. technologies
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Marrinucci
ANNUAL SALES: $30 million ($30 million)
WEB SITE: www.cranenv.com
Locations in Trooper, Pennsylvania Trooper is a census-designated place (CDP) in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 6,061 at the 2000 census. Geography
Trooper is located at (40.148845, -75.397170)GR1. and Venice, Florida Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The population was 17,764 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 estimates, the city had a population of 19,990. It is noted for its large snowbird population. : has designed, manufactured and installed specialized water purification systems under the Environmental Products and Cochrane name brands for more than 130 years.
76. Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc.
General contractors/construction managers
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Philip A. Kellogg
ANNUAL SALES: $30 million ($32 million)
WEB SITE: www.kelloggkimsey.com
Commercial projects nationwide. Local projects include the Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; the second phase of the Berlin Branch YMCA YMCA
in full Young Men's Christian Association
Nonsectarian, nonpolitical Christian lay movement that aims to develop high standards of Christian character among its members. addition; and the Coastal Behavioral Center renovation.
Actively supports the YMCA Renaissance Ranch.
77. Ned Davis Research Group
Provides global investment research commentary, charts, ranking systems and consulting services to institutional investors in 33 countries
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Ned Davis
ANNUAL SALES: $30 million ($20 million)
WEB SITE: www.ndr.com
Company officers are frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's and Investors Business Daily and have authored The Research Driven Investor, published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., and Being Right or Making Money.
78. West Coast Tomato Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of McClure Properties, Ltd. (Manatee)
Agricultural packer, shipper and seller
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Daniel McClure
ANNUAL SALES: $30 million
(Estimated, $10 million-plus)
EMPLOYEES: Varies seasonally
79. Zirkelback Construction (Manatee)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Alan Zirkelbach
General contractors, engineers, design and build
ANNUAL SALES: $29.7 million ($26.1 million)
WEB SITE: www.zirkelbach.com
80. Manatee Glens (Manatee)
Provider of mental health and addiction treatment services
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mary Ruiz
ANNUAL SALES: 29.4 million ($23.5 million)
WEB SITE: www.manateeglens.com
JCAHO accredited; offers employee assistance program and managed care services: hospital, psychiatric, outpatient and residential services to children, adolescents, adults and seniors; child welfare services.
81. TeleflexMorse, Inc. Electrical Systems Division
Manufacturer of engine monitoring instrumentation for the marine, industrial and heavy-duty truck industries.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Suchy
ANNUAL SALES: $29 million ($26 million)
FOUNDED: 1943; in Sarasota since 1968
WEB SITE: www.tflx.com
82. Halfacre Construction Co.
Design/build, construction management and general contracting
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John J. Cox Ill
ANNUAL SALES: $28 million ($23.8 million)
WEB SITE: www.halfacreconstruction.com
Metal Construction News voted Halfacre one of the top metal builders in May 2002. The company has won four national awards from American Building Systems.
83. Hoveround Corporation
Manufacturer and distributor of power wheelchairs and scooters
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Tom Kruse There are several people named Tom Kruse:
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $27 million-plus
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 100-plus
WEB SITE: www.hoveround.com
84. Furman's Inc.
Burger King franchise operator
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert G. Furman
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $26.7 million ($30 million)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 800
85. Kerr Food & Beverage Group (Manatee)
Plastic closure systems for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and household products
PLANT MANAGER: John Rogers John Rogers may refer to: Europeans
ANNUAL SALES: $26 million (Estimated $25 million)
WEB SITE: www.kerrgroup.com
AIB AIB n abbr (BRIT) (= Accident Investigation Bureau) → oficina de investigación de accidentes
AIB n abbr (Brit) (= Accident Investigation Bureau) → certified.
86. Baker Electronics, Inc., a Vquest Company (Manatee)
Cabin management and entertainment for aviation, marine, industrial, defense
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert D. Barwick
ANNUAL SALES: $25 million-plus ($25 million-plus)
WEB SITE: www.vquestgroup.com
Nominations for Industry of the Year Award, Technology Award and Workforce Initiatives Award for the EDC EDC
See: Export Development Corp. by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.
87. Advanced Masonry Systems
Concrete, masonry and structural contractor
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Richard Karp Richard Manning Karp (born 1935) is a computer scientist and computational theorist, notable for research in the theory of algorithms, for which he received a Turing Award in 1985.
ANNUAL SALES: $25 million ($25 million)
88. Commercial Refrigerator Door Co.
Manufacturer of insulated glass units, glass display doors, shelving and lighting systems for convenience stores and supermarkets
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jeff Winsler
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $25 million (Estimated $25 million)
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 100
WEB SITE: www.styleline.com
Voted "Manufacturer of the Year" in 2001 by the Committee for Economic Development.
89. Freedom Village (Manatee)
Continuing care continuing care
a professional convention that a veterinarian who is treating an animal is obliged to continue treating that case unless an arrangement is made with its custodian to transfer the care to another practitioner or to a specialist. retirement center
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Richard B. Ludwig
ANNUAL SALES: $25 million ($20 million)
WEB SITE: www.freedomvillage.com
Received CCAC CCAC Community College of Allegheny County (Monroeville, PA)
CCAC Community Care Access Centre
CCAC Canadian Council on Animal Care
CCAC Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada
CCAC Continuing Care Accreditation Commission accreditation for excellence.
90. DeSears Appliance & Home Entertainment (Manatee)
Retailer of major brand appliances, TV, audio, home furnishings and accessories, bedding and barbecue grills
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John L. Rice
ANNUAL SALES: $24.5 million ($27.2 million)
WEB SITE: www.desears.com
Opened a 45,000-square-foot superstore in Sarasota in August of 2002.
91. Ohio Transformer, an S.D. Myers Company (Manatee)
Transformer remanufacturer and new, used and manufactured transformer sales
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Leonard Fox
ANNUAL SALES: $24 million ($30 million)
WEB SITE: www.sdmyers.com
Formerly Grand Eagle Company; recently acquired by S.D. Myers, the largest remanufacturer of core-form and shell-form transformers in North America.
92. Shannon Resort & Club Group, Inc.
Hotelier and management company
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: W. Shane Eagan
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $23.4 million (Estimated, $23.4 million)
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 695
93. ML Collingwood GC Inc.
Custom waterfront new home construction
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mike Collingwood
ANNUAL SALES: $23 million ($19.6 million)
WEB SITE: www.mlcollingwood.com
94. Environmental Biotech, Inc.
Commercial drain system management and odor control
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William F. Hadley
ANNUAL SALES: $22.5 million ($22.5 million)
WEB SITE: www.environmentalbiotech.com
Has established seven Corporate service centers. In 2002, began working with Sysco as part of its Care program.
95. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dr. M.J. "Murf" Kiauber
ANNUAL SALES: $22 million ($22 million)
WEB SITE: www.colonybeachresort.com
Recently named one of Conde Nast Traveler's "American Edens"; recognized by Tennis Magazine as the No. 1 tennis resort in the nation; named "Best for Tennis" in Gourmet Magazine's annual ranking of the world's top resorts. Named to Top 10 Getaways for Family Travelers by Family Travel Forum. Family owned and operated.
96. National In-Store
Retail merchandising, sales training and in-store marketing services in America, Canada and Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla. .
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas L. Dowdy dow·dy
adj. dow·di·er, dow·di·est
1. Lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby: a dowdy gray outfit.
2. Old-fashioned; antiquated.
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $20.5 million (Estimated, $16.5 million)
EMPLOYEES: 175 full-time, 2,600 part-time
WEB SITE: www.nis-online.com
Acquired by Omnicom Group
The Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) is the world's largest advertising agency holding company in terms of revenue (and one of the big six in 2002 (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange Symbol OMC OMC Organisation Mondiale du Commerce (French: WTO)
OMC Organización Mundial del Comercio (Spanish: World Trade Organization)
OMC Organização Mundial do Comércio ).
97. GEBO GEBO General Egyptian Book Organization
GEBO Generalized Bomber (program) Corp. USA (Manatee)
Manufacturer automated packaging systems and conveyors
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Marc Aury
ANNUAL SALES: $20 million-plus ($20 million-plus)
WEB SITE: www.gebo.net
98. Cook Spring Company, Inc.
Manufacturer of precision springs and wire forms for the medical, electrical and high-tech industrial market
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Randall A. Cook
ANNUAL SALES: $20 million ($20 million)
99. ETCO ETCO European Transplant Coordinators Organization
ETCO Emergency Traffic Coordinating Officer
ETCO Electric Terminal Company Ltd (Korea) Automotive Products (Manatee)
Manufacturer spark plug spark plug: see ignition.
Device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion engine and carries two electrodes separated by an air gap, across which current from a high-tension ignition system discharges, creating a spark terminals and rubber boots for ignition-wire manufacturers
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Bob Altomonte
ANNUAL SALES: $20 million ($20 million)
WEB SITE: www.etco.com
Registered to QS-9000, ISO- iso- or is-
1. Equal; uniform: isobar.
2. Isomeric: isopropyl.
100. Frederick] Derr & Company, Inc.
Construction of roads, utilities and coastal erosion Coastal erosion see also (beach evolution) is the wearing away of land or the removal of beach or dune sediments by wave action, tidal currents, wave currents, or drainage. structures
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Frederick M. Derr
ANNUAL SALES: $20 million (20 million)
WEB SITE: www.frederickderrcompany.com
Infrastructure for the IMG IMG International medical graduate, see there Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton ($4.2 million) and all infrastructure including golf course for WCI WCI Western Climate Initiative
WCI Wright Center of Innovation
WCI Whale Conservation Institute
WCI Waterloo Collegiate Institute
WCI Warren Correctional Institution (Warren, OH)
WCI Warrior Concepts International Waterlefe Golf Course Community in Manatee County.
101. Klockner Bartelt Inc.
Manufacturer of packaging machinery, pouchers, fillers and cartoners
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dennis N. Rose, PE
ANNUAL SALES: $20 million ($21 million)
WEB SITE: www.barteltinc.com
102. American Torch Tip Co. (Manatee)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Walters John Walters may refer to:
ANNUAL SALES: $19 million ($20 million)
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 200
WEB SITE: www.americantorchtip.com
Recently created a new division called APC (1) (American Power Conversion Corporation, West Kingston, RI, www.apcc.com) The leading manufacturer of UPS systems and surge suppressors, founded in 1981 by Rodger Dowdell, Neil Rasmussen and Emanual Landsman, three electronic power engineers who had worked at MIT. American Photonics American Photonics, Inc. was a very early developer of LAN technologies based first in Brewster, NY, moving later to Brookfield Center, CT. American Photonics, Inc. Company manufacturing precision industrial optics.
103. McDaniel Trading Inc.
Buys edible by-products from food and fiber processors and markets them to dairy farms and feed mills in the eastern U.S.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Rick McDaniel
ANNUAL SALES: $18 million ($10 million-plus)
McDaniel Trading has been one of the most successful livestock food trading companies in the eastern U.S. for the past five years. Also operates B trading office in Richmond.
104. ParView, Inc.
The leading provider of GPS course communications for the golfing industry
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Chessler
ANNUAL SALES: $18 million ($18 million)
WEB SITE: www.parview.com
In 2000, Chessler was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for the state of Florida; also in 2000, the Committee for Economic Development named ParView the Technology Company of the year; also received a Top 100 Florida Company award.
105. Nisley Homes, Inc.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Andrew M. Nisley
ANNUAL SALES: $17.8 million ($18.1 million)
106. Select Industries (U.S.A.) Inc.
Investors in industry, mergers and acquisitions
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Derick M. Coles
ANNUAL SALES: $17 million-plus ($15 million-plus)
WEB SITE: www.select-industries.com
Company planned major mergers in 2002 and plans a themed resort in Sarasota County in 2003.
107. Miles Media Group
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Roger W. Miles
ANNUAL SALES: $17 million (Estimated, $18 million)
WEB SITE: www.milesmedia.com
Now serving Florida, Tennessee and Massachusetts.
108. Pruett Builders, Inc.
Design/build Custom homebuilder specializing in the luxury residential market from $400,000 and up
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Brian J. Pruett
ANNUAL SALES: $17 million ($14 million)
FOUNDED: 1977; incorporated since 1985
Won a "Best in American Living Award" for Best Home Design; won a "National Energy Value Gold Medal gold medal
traditional first prize. [Western Cult: Misc.]
See : Prize " for energy efficiency; has won 21 Aurora Awards from the Southeast Builders Conference; builder of the American Lung Association The American Lung Association (ALA) is a non-profit organization that "fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health". Health House of Florida.
109. Gibraltar Homes, Inc.
Custom maintenance-free home builder
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Jerry Blumberg and Albert A. Sanchez Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: $16 million ($16 million)
WEB SITE: www.gibraltarhome.com
Awarded the Parade of Homes "Best Overall" for all models in Vilamoura and Vineyards; received 2002 Aurora Award for architectural design/construction of Toscana model at Vilamoura; received "2002 Builder: Choice" award from Builder Magazine; selected by Professional Builder magazine as one of the "101 Best Residential Construction Companies to Work For."
110. LexJet Corporation
Provides information and products to help professional photographers and print shops produce quality photographic images from computer printers
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Art Lambert and Ron Simkins
ANNUAL SALES: $16 million ($12 million)
WEB SITE: www.lexjet.com
Ranked 48th in Inc. Magazine's top 500 companies; ranked 148th in Deloitte & Touches Fast 500.
111. Trident Building Systems, Inc. (Manatee)
Design, manufacture and erection of pre-engineered metal buildings, metal roof systems, light gauge steel trusses and structural steel fabrications
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Carl Petrat
ANNUAL SALES: $15.6 million ($15.6 million)
FOUNDED: Incorporated since 1982 as P&A Enterprises; 1984 as Trident
WEB SITE: www.tridenttruss.com
Currently operating from a new state-of-the-art corporate office with 15,000 square feet of office space and 100,000 square feet of manufacturing Space; created one of the top seven pre-engineered metal buildings of the year for 2002, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Metal Architecture Magazine.
112. Hotel Associates of Sarasota, Ltd.
(Owner) Hyatt Corporation (operator)
Hyatt Sarasota Hotel
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Stephen Mehas, General Manager for Hyatt Corp.; Charles Githler, president Hotel Associates
ANNUAL SALES: $15.1 million ($14 million)
FOUNDED: Locally owned since 1994
WEB SITE: www.hyatt.com/usa/sarasota/hotels/hotel_srqss.html
Recent $1.5-million renovations include a giant lagoon pool, deck, grand pool bar, a three-story waterfall and Florida function room; with these improvements, Hyatt owners' investment will total $12 million in property-wide renovations.
113. Partners In Practice
Medical office management and collections, medical transcription
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Tom Blakenship
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $15 million-plus
Manages more than 100 medical practices throughout Florida.
114. Nelson Publishing, Inc.
Publisher of monthly, business-to-business trade magazines
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Vein Nelson
ANNUAL SALES: $15 million ($10 million)
WEB SITE: www.nelsonpub.com
Nelson has eight national, business-to-business magazines in the electronics, engineering, manufacturing, communications technology Noun 1. communications technology - the activity of designing and constructing and maintaining communication systems
engineering, technology - the practical application of science to commerce or industry , design engineering and healthcare industries.
115. Speedcom Wireless Corporation! Wave Wireless Networking See wireless network. Multi-national fixed broadband wireless See wireless broadband. solutions company and manufacturer of award-winning wireless Ethernet The standard for wireless networking within a home or office. Also known as a "Wi-Fi" or "802.11" network, wireless Ethernet is the wireless counterpart to regular, wired Ethernet, which is also the standard for local networks. See 802.11 and wireless LAN. bridges and routers
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael Steinberg
ANNUAL SALES: $14.2 million ($10.7 million)
WEB SITE: www.speedcomwireless.com
Fast 50 company for four years consecutive years; trades under the symbol SPWC.
116. Mercedes Medical Inc. (Manatee)
National distributor of medical products to physician offices, clinical laboratories and hospitals worldwide
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Noelle A. Haft
ANNUAL SALES: $14.1 million (Estimated, $13.2 million)
WEB SITE: www.mercedesmedical.com
Ranked by Inc. Magazine (2000 & 2001) as one of the nation's fastest growing companies; ranked by Florida Business Journal as one of the state's 100 fastest growing companies in 2001; featured in Dog Fancy Dog fancy is a branch of the hobby of animal fancy. Dog fancy includes pet dog ownership, dog showing, dog breeding and dog sports.
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117. Kanes of Sarasota
Home furnishings and interior design
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Edward Kalin
ANNUAL SALES: $13.5 million ($13 million)
WEB SITE: www.kanesofsarasota.net
Provides total shopping environment with complex of shops including restaurants, beauty, exercise studio and gallery; named "Best Furniture Store" by Sarasota Herald-Tribune Readers' Choice Awards eight years in a row.
118. Take Care of Sarasota, Inc.
Personal private-duty home healthcare for residents in Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Susanne S. Wise, RN, MBA MBA
Master of Business Administration
Noun 1. MBA - a master's degree in business
Master in Business, Master in Business Administration
ANNUAL SALES: $13 million ($12 million)
WEB SITE: www.takecareofsarasota.com
119. Exprix Technologies, L.P. (Manatee)
High-performance materials, fine chemicals, intermediate and other specialty materials for imaging systems, electronics, pharmaceuticals and metal surface treatments
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Philip W. Nace Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: $12.7 million ($15.2 million)
WEB SITE: www.esprixtech.com
Producer of trade shows, symposiums and investment cruises
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Charles and Kim Githler
ANNUAL SALES: $12.5 million ($15.4 million)
Largest producer of investment trade shows held in Orlando, Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. , San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden and New York; recently acquired Laguna Hills La·gu·na Hills
A city of southern California southeast of Santa Ana. Population: 33,600. , California-based Online Trading Online Trading
Making trades via the Internet.
The use of online trading increased dramatically in the mid to late 1990's with the advent of high-speed computers and Internet connections. Stocks, bonds, options, futures, and currencies can all be traded online. Expo; produces seminars at sea for Forbes, Morningstar, Hillsdale College As of 2006, Hillsdale's student body consists of 1,300 students, almost evenly divided on the basis of sex, with slightly more females enrolled than males. The college currently has more than 100 full-time faculty members and offers a variety of liberal arts majors, pre-professional and Phillips Publishing; named the philanthropic organization of the year in 2000.
121. Petz Development, Inc. (Manatee)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Todd Petzoldt
ANNUAL SALES: $12.5 million ($12.4 million)
Winner of the Best in American Living Award, the nation's foremost residential design award for design quality; two-time Aurora Award winner for building and design excellence in the southeastern United States; currently developing and building "Tuscana."
122. PPi Technologies, Inc. (Manatee)
Manufacturer and supplier of standup stand·up or stand-up
1. Standing erect; upright: a standup collar.
2. Taken, done, or used while standing: a standup supper; a standup bar. pouch machinery from around the world
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: R. Charles Murray
ANNUAL SALES: $12 million ($13 million)
WEB SITE: www.ppitechnologies.com
Ranked No. 1 in the Tampa Bay "Fast 50"; ranked No. 139 in Forbes, "500 Technology Companies."
123. Sun Coast Beef & Provision Inc. (Manatee)
Wholesale poultry, beef and pork, and cold storage
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dave Cole
ANNUAL SALES: $12 million ($12 million)
Provides freezer, delivery and distribution throughout Florida.
124. Valcourt Building Services (Manatee)
Remedial painting and waterproofing contractor
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dan Short
ANNUAL SALES: $12 million (Estimated $15 million-plus)
WEB SITE: www.valcourt.net
Formerly SpecTech Corporation.
125. Moreland Company USA
Importer and wholesaler of plywood, lumber and furniture
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Christopher V. Grzep Sr.
ANNUAL SALES: $11 million ($14 million)
WEB SITE: www.morelandcompany.com
126. Allied Fiberglass (Manatee)
Fiberglass furniture, tanks and industrial products
PRESIDENT: Homer Edmonson
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 100
127. Ashley Aluminum LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control
Distributor of aluminum products, pipes and tubing
BRANCH MANAGER: Dan Harvey
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 20
Subsidiary of Cameron Ashley Building Products, Inc. of Greenville, SC.
128. Coach House, Inc.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Gerzeny
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus (Estimated, $10 million-plus)
129. Cox Lumber Co./Truss Division
Manufacturer and retailer of wooden floors, roof trusses and wooden and metal doors
GENERAL MANAGER: David Brown
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 85
130. Glenroe Technologies (Manatee)
Manufacturer of quality orthodontic orthodontic (ôr´thdän´tik),
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Bozman
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus (Estimated, $10 million-plus)
WEB SITE: www.glenroe.com
ISO 9002 certified; in 2000 and 2001 was nominated for Industry of the Year for Manatee County.
131. Honeycomb honeycomb
a mosaic of closely packed units with depressed centers giving a honeycomb appearance.
reticulum. Company of America (Manatee)
Aircraft replacement parts
PRESIDENT: Daniel Judge Jr.
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 100
132. IMG Academies (Manatee)
Multi-sport training academy
CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Ted Meekma and Greg Breunich
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus (Estimated, $10 million-plus)
FOUNDED: 1978 as the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) is located in Bradenton, Florida, and was founded in 1978 by Nick Bollettieri as a full-time tennis boarding school that combines intensive tennis training with an academic curriculum. ; purchased by IMG in 1987
WEB SITE: www.imgacademies.com
The largest multi-sport training academy in the world, includes the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, The Soccer, Baseball, Hockey and Basketball Academies, the International Performance Institute, and the Boca Raton-based Evert e·vert
To turn inside out or outward.
to turn inside out; to turn outward. Tennis Academy; the complex consists of 10,000 students from 70 countries.
133. Key Packaging Co., Inc.
Vacuum and thermoforming plastics
PRESIDENT: Earl Smith
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 85
WEB SITE: www.keypackaging.com
ISO 9001 compliant.
134. King Plastic Corporation
Manufacturer heavy-gauge and large-sized polypropylenes, polyethylenes and engineered polyolefins
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas M. King
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
WEB SITE: www.kingplastic.com
Recently relocated from Venice to a 150,000-square-foot facility off Toledo Blade Boulevard in North Port.
135. Scott Sign Systems, Inc.
Manufacturer and distributor of signs and sign component products
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kathy M. Hannon
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
WEB SITE: www.scottsigns.com
136. Team Edition Apparel (Manatee)
Manufacturer of imprinted and embroidered em·broi·der
v. em·broi·dered, em·broi·der·ing, em·broi·ders
1. To ornament with needlework: embroider a pillow cover.
2. apparel, specializing in collegiate-licensed sportswear
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jim Bulzis
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus (Estimated, $10 million-plus)
Philanthropic projects include the United Way, the 13th Avenue Community Center, the Police Athletic League The Police Athletic League (PAL) is an organization in many American police departments in which members of the police force coach young people, both boys and girls, in sports, and help with homework and other school-related activities. , Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch, Bradenton Boys and Girls boys and girls
mercurialisannua. Clubs, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is an organization founded in 1950 which combats muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system in general by funding research, providing medical and community services, and educating health professionals .
137. World Precision Instruments
Surgical and medical research instruments
CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Harry Fein
ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus
EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 65
WEB SITE: www.wpiinc.com