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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, 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 operator Pinnacle Holdings also declared bankruptcy; and Indigo Investment Systems, lauded last year for its meteoric growth, closed in June, then reopened its doors to a much smaller operation.

But 2002 did have some bright spots. Onyx North America, 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 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 exactly as companies report them to us; last year's sales are noted in parentheses 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, Inc. (Manatee)

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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

FOUNDED: 1947

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 in the United States

PRESIDENT & CEO: G.W. "Bill" Dietrich

ANNUAL SALES: $1.3 billion

EMPLOYEES: 8,600 nationwide

FOUNDED: 2000

WEB SITE: www.onyxna.com

Has more than 295 operating locations with four decentralized 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 Gold Award in the waste-to-energy category and Onyx Waste Services won a bronze award in landfill excellence in 2002.

3. Vengroff Williams & Associates, Inc.

Credit and collections, subrogation claims, medical accounts payable, management of rental units in Sarasota and New York

ANNUAL SALES: $1.1 billion (represents actual revenues after collections) ($800 million)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Harvey Vengroff

EMPLOYEES: 250 in Sarasota; 1,100-plus nationwide

FOUNDED: 1963

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)

EMPLOYEES: 2,200

FOUNDED: 1905

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)

EMPLOYEES: 963

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, The Villages of Palm-Aire and The Meadows.

6. Beall's Inc. (Manatee)

Retailer of family apparel, footwear and gifts

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert M. Beall II

ANNUAL SALES: $715 million ($600 million)

EMPLOYEES: 7,600

FOUNDED: 1915

WEB SITE: www.beallsinc.com

More than 430 department, outlet and gift stores in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina and California. Plans to enter Missouri, New Mexico 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)

EMPLOYEES: 2,900

FOUNDED: 1981

WEB SITE: www.lntertapepolymer.com

ISO 9002 certified, trading stock under the symbol ITP on the New York stock exchange and Toronto stock exchange. Operations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Portugal with 23 facilities, including 17 manufacturing locations.

8. FCCI Insurance Group

Commercial property and casualty insurance throughout the Southeast and Midwest

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: G.W. Jacobs

ANNUAL SALES: $528 million ($384.3 million)

EMPLOYEES: 850

FOUNDED: 959

WEB SITE: www.fcci-group.com

Corporate headquarters located in a new state-of-the-art office complex in Lakewood Ranch.

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

FOUNDED: 1982

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 of Education for career education.

10. Manatee Memorial Hospital and Health System (Manatee)

Licensed 491-bed acute care hospital

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Brian Flynn

ANNUAL SALES: $475 million ($475 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1,300

FOUNDED: 1953

WEB SITE: www.manateememorial.com

Voted "Best Hospital' in 2002 by the Bradenton Herald's readers for eighth consecutive year; JCAHO 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)

EMPLOYEES: 2,000-plus

FOUNDED: 1873

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)

EMPLOYEES: 1,050

FOUNDED: 1973

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 voluntary protection merit award; has one of the top 100 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

FOUNDED: 1984

WEB SITE: www.gevityhr.com

14. Central European Distribution Corporation

One of the largest importers and distributors of alcoholic beverages in Poland

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William V. Carey

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $300 million ($178 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1400, 2 locally

FOUNDED: 1990

WEB SITE: www.ced-c.com

Publicly traded as CEDC on NASDAQ.

15. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Hospital and outpatient services and affiliates

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lindell W. Orr

ANNUAL SALES: $270 million ($225 million)

EMPLOYEES: 800

FOUNDED: 1967

WEB SITE: www.doctorsofsarasota.com

Accredited by JCAHO, certified cancer registry program.

16. Bon Secours Venice Healthcare Corporation

342-bed hospital, 120-bed nursing care center, 102-bed assisted living facility, ambulatory care center with outpatient surgery (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)

EMPLOYEES: 1,580

FOUNDED: 1951

WEB SITE: www.bonsecours.org/venice

Named one of the top 100 orthopedic and stroke hospitals.

17. The "Nelco" Companies (Manatee)

Professional employer organization

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Virginia A. Dorris, E.A.

ANNUAL SALES: $217.4 million

EMPLOYEES: 70 locally

FOUNDED: 1983

WEB SITE: www.gonelco.com

The No. 1 female-owned business in Tampa Bay 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)

EMPLOYEES: 300

FOUNDED: 1977

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

EMPLOYEES: 3,200

FOUNDED: 1989

WEB SITE: www.correctionalservices.com

Trades publicly under the NASDAQ symbol "CSCQ."

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)

EMPLOYEES: 761

FOUNDED: 1955

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)

FOUNDED: 1982

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 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)

EMPLOYEES: 145

FOUNDED: 1972

WEB SITE: www.wgmills.com

Five regional offices throughout Florida, including corporate headquarters in Sarasota, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Palm Beach Gardens and Jacksonville.

23. PGT Industries

Florida's leading manufacturer of custom windows, doors and patio rooms

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Randy White

ANNUAL SALES: $130 million ($120 million)

EMPLOYEES: 1,300

FOUNDED: 1980

WEB SITE: www.pgtindustries.com

24. Administrative Concepts Corp.

Employee administration

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: George E. Bushong

ANNUAL SALES: $121.7 million ($48.8 million)

EMPLOYEES: 6,475

FOUNDED: 1995

E-MAIL: peo360aco@aol.com

Third-fastest growing business in the Tampa Bay area.

25. JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc.

Manufacturer and distributor of industrial chemicals

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jeffrey W. Jones

ANNUAL SALES: $115 million ($115 million)

EMPLOYEES: 400

FOUNDED: 1930

26. Foreign Trade Marketing

Consumer product exporter and importer

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Irwin Tobocman

ANNUAL SALES: $110 million ($106 million)

EMPLOYEES: 40

FOUNDED: 1975

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.

FOUNDED: 1992

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 and all mass feeding institutions

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Carl S. Cannova

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $100.4 million (Estimated, $97.3 million)

EMPLOYEES: 620

FOUNDED: 1995

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)

EMPLOYEES: 849

FOUNDED: 1986

WEB SITE: www.donzimarine.com, www.prolineboats.com

30. Invensys Sensor Systems

Supplier of magnetic, ultrasonic and resistive speed, position and motion sensors and controls

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Steve Anderson

ANNUAL SALES: $75 million ($75 million)

EMPLOYEES: 700

FOUNDED: 1936

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)

EMPLOYEES: 200

FOUNDED: 1951

WEB SITE: www.ajaxpaving.com

32. Comdial Corporation

Develops and markets advanced business phone systems, voice over IP (VolP), voice processing, unified messaging and computer telephone integration solutions for small- to mid-sized offices

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Nick Branica

ANNUAL SALES: $70 million ($100 million)

EMPLOYEES: 150

FOUNDED: 1982

WEB SITE: www.comdial.com

Comdial is the 10th-largest Key Systems/PBX/IP PBX 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)

EMPLOYEES: 135

FOUNDED: 1996

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)

EMPLOYEES: 700

FOUNDED: 1970

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)

EMPLOYEES: 550

FOUNDED: 1953

WEB SITE: www.tropitone.com

Industry honors include the Apollo IBO contract, Roscoe, French Sisel Vert, design excellence and ADEX 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)

EMPLOYEES: 230

FOUNDED: 1990

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck 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

FOUNDED: 1983

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 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)

EMPLOYEES: 300

FOUNDED: 1969

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)

EMPLOYEES: 62

FOUNDED: 1981

WEB SITE: www.lwhomes.com

2001 Service Company of the Year; winner of more than 190 Parade of Homes awards.

40. L-3 Communications, 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)

EMPLOYEES: 200

FOUNDED: 1958

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)

EMPLOYEES: 325

FOUNDED: 1922

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 and Bradenton Herald.

42. Trilectron Industries, Inc. (an ITW 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

FOUNDED: 1970

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

GENERAL MANAGER: Ray Laurent

ANNUAL SALES: $59 million ($59 million)

Employees: 500

FOUNDED: 1970

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)

EMPLOYEES: 196

FOUNDED: 1970

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

Dog track

CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Jack Collins Sr. and Jack Collins Jr.

ANNUAL SALES: $55.5 million ($54 million)

EMPLOYEES: 219

FOUNDED: 1944

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

FOUNDED: 1965

WEB SITE: www.scottpaint.com

47. Bruce Williams Homes (Manatee)

Homebuilder and developer

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Lloyd E. Williams Jr.

ANNUAL SALES: $51 million ($34.7 million)

EMPLOYEES: 56

FOUNDED: 1969

WEB SITE: www.bwhomes.coms

Numerous awards include the Manatee Homebuilders Association Builder of the Year and Parade of Homes; member of the MHBA, Youth for Christ 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

FOUNDED: 1983

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

FOUNDED: 1962

50. Eaton Aerospace (Manatee)

Electrical power and load management systems for aerospace applications

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Matthew Taylor

ANNUAL SALES: $50 million ($55 million)

EMPLOYEES: 350

FOUNDED: 1893; 1978 in Manatee

WEB SITE: www.eaton.com

51. Lu-Mar Lobster and Shrimp Corp.

Seafood distributor

PRESIDENT: Louis Sedacca

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $50 million

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 11

FOUNDED: 1972

52. Westra Construction Corp. (Manatee)

Underground water and sewer utility contractor, wastewater treatment plants

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Kenneth Beukema

ANNUAL SALES: $49 million ($49 million)

EMPLOYEES: 250

FOUNDED: 1977

Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for the De Soto Correctional Institute Annex project; member Suncoast Utility Contractors Association; American Public Works Association 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)

EMPLOYEES: 57

FOUNDED: 1986

WEB SITE: www.arhomes.com

Arthur Rutenberg Homes "Builder of the Year" for 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2002; Habitat for Humanity 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)

EMPLOYEES: 78

FOUNDED: 1971

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)

EMPLOYEES: 75-plus

FOUNDED: 1977

WEB SITE: www.carterconst.com

56. Swanson Services Corp.

Commissary services for correctional facilities, convenience stores and retail

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Charles L. Swanson Jr.

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $44.8 million (Estimated, $40 million)

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 300

FOUNDED: 1991

57. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota

Rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, sports medicine and medical rehabilitation services

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Margaret A. Holloway

ANNUAL SALES: $44 million ($41 million)

EMPLOYEES: 300

FOUNDED: 1986

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

FOUNDED: 1976

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, Leading Estates of the World, RELO Relocation Network, Who's Who 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

FOUNDED: 1983

WEB SITE: www.firstwatch.com

Operates a number of restaurants throughout Florida; frequently voted best breakfast, brunch and lunch.

60. RMC South Florida, Inc. (Manatee)

(DBA Singletary Concrete Products, RMC South Florida Materials and Florida Rock and Sand)

Produces and distributes ready-mix concrete, 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

FOUNDED: 1953

WEB SITE: www.singletaryconcrete.com

61. Englewood Community Hospital

Hospital

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Robert C. Meade

ANNUAL SALES: $42.2 million

EMPLOYEES: 371

FOUNDED: 1985

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 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)

EMPLOYEES: 50

FOUNDED: 1982

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, windows and hollow metal doors

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Larry Smart, COO

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $41 million ($40 million)

EMPLOYEES: 300

FOUNDED: 1974

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)

EMPLOYEES: 250

FOUNDED: 1988

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

FOUNDED: 1993

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)

EMPLOYEES: 84

FOUNDED: 1947

WEB SITE: www.southernag.com

67. Woodruff & Sons, Inc.

Sewer line and water main construction, grading, wrecking and demolition

PRESIDENT: Ray Woodruff

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $35.9 million

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 250

FOUNDED: 1925

68. Charter One Hotels and Resorts, Inc.

Hotel management company

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John W. Balliett

PRESIDENT: Jim Popielinski

ANNUAL SALES: $35 million ($36 million)

EMPLOYEES: 825

FOUNDED: 1981

WEB SITE: www.charterhotels.com

Opening new Hampton Inn and Suites in St. Petersburg, FL.

69. McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc.

Commercial building specialists

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John A. Mcintyre

ANNUAL SALES: $33.7 million ($36.9 million)

EMPLOYEES: 70

FOUNDED: 1987

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)

EMPLOYEES: 150

FOUNDED: 1981

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)

EMPLOYEES: 200

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 Homes, Inc.

Custom home builder

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dave Snyder

ANNUAL SALES: $31 million ($39 million)

EMPLOYEES: 47

FOUNDED: 1987

WEB SITE: www.johncannonhomes.com

Readers Choice Award from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for eight consecutive years. Named to Professional Builder 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, 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

FOUNDED: 1998

WEB SITE: www.protocolusa.com

74. Wesco Turf, Inc.

Distributors of lawn, irrigation and commercial turf equipment

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: William J. Gamble

ANNUAL SALES: $30.1 million ($33.6 million)

EMPLOYEES: 69

FOUNDED: 1987

Received the Toro "Distributor of Excellence" award for 2001.

75. Crane Environmental

Manufacturer of high-tech water purification technologies

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Marrinucci

ANNUAL SALES: $30 million ($30 million)

EMPLOYEES: 100-plus

FOUNDED: 1864

WEB SITE: www.cranenv.com

Locations in Trooper, Pennsylvania and Venice, Florida: 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)

EMPLOYEES: 30

FOUNDED: 1986

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 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)

EMPLOYEES: 75

FOUNDED: 1980

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

FOUNDED: 173

79. Zirkelback Construction (Manatee)

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Alan Zirkelbach

General contractors, engineers, design and build

ANNUAL SALES: $29.7 million ($26.1 million)

EMPLOYEES: 32

FOUNDED: 1997

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)

EMPLOYEES: 365

FOUNDED: 1955

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

EMPLOYEES: 201

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)

EMPLOYEES: 27

FOUNDED: 1970

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

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $27 million-plus

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 100-plus

FOUNDED: 1992

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

FOUNDED: 1959

85. Kerr Food & Beverage Group (Manatee)

Plastic closure systems for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and household products

PLANT MANAGER: John Rogers

ANNUAL SALES: $26 million (Estimated $25 million)

EMPLOYEES: 150

FOUNDED: 1977

WEB SITE: www.kerrgroup.com

AIB 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)

EMPLOYEES: 256

FOUNDED: 1973

WEB SITE: www.vquestgroup.com

Nominations for Industry of the Year Award, Technology Award and Workforce Initiatives Award for the EDC by the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

87. Advanced Masonry Systems

Concrete, masonry and structural contractor

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Richard Karp

ANNUAL SALES: $25 million ($25 million)

EMPLOYEES: 350-plus

FOUNDED: 1985

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

FOUNDED: 1975

WEB SITE: www.styleline.com

Voted "Manufacturer of the Year" in 2001 by the Committee for Economic Development.

89. Freedom Village (Manatee)

Continuing care retirement center

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Richard B. Ludwig

ANNUAL SALES: $25 million ($20 million)

EMPLOYEES: 555

FOUNDED: 1984

WEB SITE: www.freedomvillage.com

Received CCAC 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)

EMPLOYEES: 100

FOUNDED: 1947

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)

EMPLOYEES: 110

FOUNDED: 1948

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

FOUNDED: 1987

93. ML Collingwood GC Inc.

Custom waterfront new home construction

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Mike Collingwood

ANNUAL SALES: $23 million ($19.6 million)

EMPLOYEES: 7

FOUNDED: 1990

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)

EMPLOYEES: 25

FOUNDED: 1991

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

Condo hotel/resort

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Dr. M.J. "Murf" Kiauber

ANNUAL SALES: $22 million ($22 million)

EMPLOYEES: 350

FOUNDED: 1952

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.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Thomas L. Dowdy

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $20.5 million (Estimated, $16.5 million)

EMPLOYEES: 175 full-time, 2,600 part-time

FOUNDED: 1995

WEB SITE: www.nis-online.com

Acquired by Omnicom Group in 2002 (NYSE Symbol OMC).

97. GEBO Corp. USA (Manatee)

Manufacturer automated packaging systems and conveyors

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Marc Aury

ANNUAL SALES: $20 million-plus ($20 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 150-plus

FOUNDED: 1996

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)

EMPLOYEES: 125

FOUNDED: 1954

99. ETCO Automotive Products (Manatee)

Manufacturer spark plug terminals and rubber boots for ignition-wire manufacturers

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Bob Altomonte

ANNUAL SALES: $20 million ($20 million)

EMPLOYEES: 120

FOUNDED: 1979

WEB SITE: www.etco.com

Registered to QS-9000, ISO-9002.

100. Frederick] Derr & Company, Inc.

Construction of roads, utilities and coastal erosion structures

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Frederick M. Derr

ANNUAL SALES: $20 million (20 million)

EMPLOYEES: 125

FOUNDED: 1961

WEB SITE: www.frederickderrcompany.com

Infrastructure for the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton ($4.2 million) and all infrastructure including golf course for WCI 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)

EMPLOYEES: 80

FOUNDED: 1942

WEB SITE: www.barteltinc.com

102. American Torch Tip Co. (Manatee)

Welding apparatus

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Walters

ANNUAL SALES: $19 million ($20 million)

EMPLOYEES: Approximately 200

FOUNDED: 1940

WEB SITE: www.americantorchtip.com

Recently created a new division called APC American Photonics 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)

EMPLOYEES: 8

FOUNDED: 996

E-MAIL: rmac_mcdaniel@comcast.net

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)

EMPLOYEES: 56

FOUNDED: 1994

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.

Residential homebuilder

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Andrew M. Nisley

ANNUAL SALES: $17.8 million ($18.1 million)

EMPLOYEES: 10

FOUNDED: 1970

E-MAIL: nisley4@comcast.com

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)

EMPLOYEES: 250

FOUNDED: 1997

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

Tourism information

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Roger W. Miles

ANNUAL SALES: $17 million (Estimated, $18 million)

EMPLOYEES: 85

FOUNDED: 1954

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)

EMPLOYEES: 15

FOUNDED: 1977; incorporated since 1985

Won a "Best in American Living Award" for Best Home Design; won a "National Energy Value Gold Medal" for energy efficiency; has won 21 Aurora Awards from the Southeast Builders Conference; builder of the American Lung Association 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)

EMPLOYEES: 17

FOUNDED: 1995

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)

EMPLOYEES: 21

FOUNDED: 1994

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)

EMPLOYEES: 165

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 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)

EMPLOYEES: 250

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, intellectual technology services

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Tom Blakenship

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $15 million-plus

EMPLOYEES: 70

FOUNDED: 2000

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)

EMPLOYEES: 70

FOUNDED: 1962

WEB SITE: www.nelsonpub.com

Nelson has eight national, business-to-business magazines in the electronics, engineering, manufacturing, communications technology, design engineering and healthcare industries.

115. Speedcom Wireless Corporation! Wave Wireless Networking Multi-national fixed broadband wireless solutions company and manufacturer of award-winning wireless Ethernet bridges and routers

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Michael Steinberg

ANNUAL SALES: $14.2 million ($10.7 million)

EMPLOYEES: 64

FOUNDED: 1994

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)

EMPLOYEES: 37

FOUNDED: 1993

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 Magazine as one of the best "dog-friendly" companies.

117. Kanes of Sarasota

Home furnishings and interior design

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Edward Kalin

ANNUAL SALES: $13.5 million ($13 million)

EMPLOYEES: 75

FOUNDED: 1949

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

ANNUAL SALES: $13 million ($12 million)

EMPLOYEES: 500

FOUNDED: 1995

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)

EMPLOYEES: 14

FOUNDED: 1993

WEB SITE: www.esprixtech.com

120. Intershow

Producer of trade shows, symposiums and investment cruises

CHIEF EXECUTIVES: Charles and Kim Githler

ANNUAL SALES: $12.5 million ($15.4 million)

EMPLOYEES: 48

FOUNDED: 1978

Largest producer of investment trade shows held in Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York; recently acquired Laguna Hills, California-based Online Trading Expo; produces seminars at sea for Forbes, Morningstar, Hillsdale College and Phillips Publishing; named the philanthropic organization of the year in 2000.

121. Petz Development, Inc. (Manatee)

Home builder/developer

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Todd Petzoldt

ANNUAL SALES: $12.5 million ($12.4 million)

EMPLOYEES: 15

FOUNDED: 1990

E-MAIL: petzcustomhomes@aol.com

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 pouch machinery from around the world

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: R. Charles Murray

ANNUAL SALES: $12 million ($13 million)

EMPLOYEES: 3

FOUNDED: 1996

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)

EMPLOYEES: 25

FOUNDED: 1952

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)

EMPLOYEES: 125

FOUNDED: 1986

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)

EMPLOYEES: 8

FOUNDED: 1985

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

FOUNDED: 1989

127. Ashley Aluminum LLC

Distributor of aluminum products, pipes and tubing

BRANCH MANAGER: Dan Harvey

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 20

FOUNDED: 1991

Subsidiary of Cameron Ashley Building Products, Inc. of Greenville, SC.

128. Coach House, Inc.

RV manufacturer

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: David Gerzeny

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus (Estimated, $10 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 50

FOUNDED: 1986

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

FOUNDED: 1970

130. Glenroe Technologies (Manatee)

Manufacturer of quality orthodontic products

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: John Bozman

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus (Estimated, $10 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 101

FOUNDED: 1984

WEB SITE: www.glenroe.com

ISO 9002 certified; in 2000 and 2001 was nominated for Industry of the Year for Manatee County.

131. Honeycomb Company of America (Manatee)

Aircraft replacement parts

PRESIDENT: Daniel Judge Jr.

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 100

FOUNDED: 1950

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)

EMPLOYEES: 200

FOUNDED: 1978 as the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy; 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 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

FOUNDED: 1970

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

EMPLOYEES: 115

FOUNDED: 1968

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

EMPLOYEES: 88

FOUNDED: 1957

WEB SITE: www.scottsigns.com

136. Team Edition Apparel (Manatee)

Manufacturer of imprinted and embroidered apparel, specializing in collegiate-licensed sportswear

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jim Bulzis

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus (Estimated, $10 million-plus)

EMPLOYEES: 200-plus

FOUNDED: 1979

Philanthropic projects include the United Way, the 13th Avenue Community Center, the Police Athletic League, Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch, Bradenton Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

137. World Precision Instruments

Surgical and medical research instruments

CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Harry Fein

ANNUAL SALES: Estimated, $10 million-plus

EMPLOYEES: Estimated, 65

FOUNDED: 1968

WEB SITE: www.wpiinc.com
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