For the fourth time, BRANDT (No. 21 on our annual CropLife 100 rankings) has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list provides a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America’s independent entrepreneurs — and ranked BRANDT No. 3295 among the 5000 companies profiled.
Unified Payments tops this year’s list. BRANDT joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani, Giftcards.com, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
“I am incredibly proud that our team once again made Inc.’s prestigious list of growing companies,” said Rick Brandt, President and CEO of BRANDT. “What an accomplishment! If you really are measured by the company you keep, we’re in some pretty good company.
“My father and my aunt founded this company 59 years ago with one single goal: Growth,” continued Brandt. “And as we get ready to celebrate our 60th Anniversary, we continue to achieve that goal. Thank you to our customers and the hard-working members of the extended BRANDT family that make this possible.”
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97%. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found here.
“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.
The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000.