The Tough Get Going

In a merciless business environment, the B.E. INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE 100 produced a number of casualties -- and winners

The firm has managed to structure a strategy that all BE INDUSTRIAL/SERVICE firms must adopt if they expect to thrive in an increasingly Darwinian environment: a formula for longevity.

Industrial/Service Eligibility

A company must be at least 51% black-owned and have been fully operational for the previous calendar year (Jan. 1, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2003). Companies listed must manufacture or own the products they sell, or provide industrial or consumer services. (Brokerages, real estate firms, and firms that provide professional services such as accounting firms and law offices are not eligible.)

TOP 10 GROWTH LEADERS

Company Location 2003
Sales*
2002
Sales*
%
Increase
Peebles Atlantic Development Corp Coral Gables, FL 82.000 34.000 141.18
Thor Construction Inc. Minneapolis, MN 34.800 14.500 140.00
Management & Engineering Technologies International Inc. El Paso, TX 43.500 22.000 97.73
World Wide Technology Inc. Maryland Heights, MO 1,164.000 716.000 62.57
RLJ Development L.L.C. Bethesda, MD 79.300 49.400 60.53
Powers & Sons Construction Co. Inc. Gary, IN 41.779 26.633 56.87
Sun State International Trucks L.L.C. Tampa, FL 60.000 40.000 50.00
Thompson Hospitality Herndon, VA 140.000 102.000 37.25
RS Information Systems Inc. McLean, VA 260.000 190.000 36.84
McNeil Technologies Inc. Springfield, VA 52.000 38.000 36.84

*In millions of dollars. As of Dec. 31, 2003. Prepared by B.E. Research. Reviewed by the certified public accounting firm Edwards & Co.


TOP 10 EMPLOYMENT LEADERS

Company Location Employees Sales* Employee To
Sales Ratio
La-Van Hawkins Food & Entertainment Group L.L.C. Detroit, MI 6,831 293.000 1:43
Manna Inc. Louisville, KY 6,000 173.000 1:29
MV Transportation Inc. Fairfield, CA 5,873 210.500 1:36
Barden Cos. Inc. Detroit, MI 4,053 354.000 1:87
The Bartech Group Inc. Livonia, MI 3,900 190.000 1:49
V and J Holding Cos. Inc. Milwaukee, WI 3,500 90.000 1:26
OMNIPLEX World Services Corp. Chantilly, VA 3,500 75.500 1:22
Thompson Hospitality Herndon, VA 2,500 140.000 1:56
The Gourmet Cos. Atlanta, GA 2,025 169.000 1:83
The Philadelphia Coca-Cola  Bottling Co. Philadelphia, PA 1,850 447.000 1:242

*In millions of dollars. As of Dec. 31, 2003. Prepared by B.E. Research. Reviewed by the certified public accounting firm Edwards & Co.


Industrial/Service Summary

2003 2002 % Change
Total Staff 74,402 75,020 -0.82
Total Sales* 12,916.875 12,774.727 1.11

* In millions of dollars. As of December 31, 2003. Prepared by B.E. Research. Reviewed by the Certified Public Accounting firm Edwards & Co.

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