Top Companies - Annual Ranking

By staff January 1, 2003

$100 Million Plus

1. Tropicana Products, 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

Founded: 1947

Web Site:

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:

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

Chairman: Harvey Vengroff

CEO: Robert Williams

Annual Sales: Estimated, $1.1 billion (represents actual revenues after collections)

($800 million)

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

Founded: 1963

Web Site:

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: 70 locally, 2,200 company-wide

Founded: 1905

Web Site:

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:

Renowned for creating extraordinary lifestyle communities with world-class amenities, building a wide range of luxury homes and high-rise condominiums and commerical 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:

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:

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: 1959

Web Site:

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:

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:

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:

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 III

Annual Sales: $342 million

(Estimated, $307 million)

Employees: 1,050

Founded: 1973

Web Site:

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:

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: 1,400, 2 locally

Founded: 1990

Web Site:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

Chief Executive: James F. Slattery

Annual Sales: $174 million

(Estimated, $233 million)

Employees: 3,200

Founded: 1989

Web Site:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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: [email protected]

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:

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:

Company is creating a wholly-owned susidiary 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:

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:,

$50-99 Million

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

36. 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:

Ranked ninth in Success Magazine's top 200 franchises; named to Entrepreneur Magazine's 200 top domestic and international franchises.

37. 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:

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.

38. Lee Wetherington Companies

Homebuilder, developer, pool builder

Chief Executive: Lee Wetherington

Annual Sales: $61.9 million

($33 million)

Employees: 62

Founded: 1981

Web Site:

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

39. 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:

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.

40. 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:

"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.

41. 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:

42. 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:

QS9000 certified; Ford Q1 supplier.

43. 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:

Major projects include University Park (named best master-planned community in America), Perico 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.

44. 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:

45. Scott Paint Company

Manufacturer wholesale and retail paints and coatings

Chief Executive: Doug Ramer

Annual Sales: Estimated, $52.1

($22 million)

Employees: Estimated, 150

Founded: 1965

Web Site:

46. 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.

47. 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

48. 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

49. 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:

50. Lu-Mar Lobster and Shrimp Corp.

Seafood distributor

President: Louis Sedacca

Annual Sales: Estimated, $50 million

Employees: Estimated, 11

Founded: 1972

$30-49 Million

51. 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. Blck 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.

52. M. Pete McNabb, Inc. (Manatee)

Arthur Rutenberg Homes homebuilder

Chief Executive: Pete McNabb

Annual Sales: $46.7 million

($38 million)

Employees: 57

Founded: 1986

Web Site:

Arthur Rutenberg Homes "Builder of the Year" for 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2002; Habitat for Humanity 1997; multi-Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchise owner.

53. 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:

Added Manatee logistics to handle all transportation needs. Member of Red Book, Blue Book and Gold Circle produce marketing.

54. 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:

55. 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

56. 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:

The only free-standing rehabilitation hospital on Florida's west coast with five out-patient and sports medicine centers.

57. 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 millionn

($37.1 million)

Employees: 111 employees; 380-plus associates

Founded: 1976

Web Site:

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.

58. 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:

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

59. 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 pavers and related consturction materials

Chief Executive: Richard A. Buckelew

Annual Sales: Estimated, $42.9 million

($100 million)

Employees: Estimated, 430

Founded: 1953

Web Site:

60. Englewood Community Hospital


Chief Executive: Robert C. Meade

Annual Sales: $42.2 million

Employees: 371

Founded: 1985

Web Site:

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.

61. 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:

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.

62. 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:

63. 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:

64. Pierce Mfg. Inc. (Manatee)

Manufacturer of commercial fire apparatus and defense transportation products

Chief Executive: Tom Paulus

Annual Sales: Estimated, $70 million

($38 million)

Employees: 230

Founded: 1990

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corp.; growth plans at 35 percent for next fiscal year.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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 30 countries

Chief Executive: Ned Davis

Annual Sales: $30 million

($20 million)

Employees: 75

Founded: 1980

Web Site:

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: 1973

$20-29 Million

79. Zirkelback Construction (Manatee)

General contractors, engineers, design and build

Chief Executive: Alan Zirkelbach

Annual Sales: $29.7 million

($26.1 million)

Employees: 32

Founded: 1997

Web Site:

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:

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)

Employees: 201

Founded: 1943; in Sarasota since 1968

Web Site:

82. Halfacre Construction Co.

Design/build, construction management and general contracting

Chief Executive: John J. Cox III

Annual Sales: $28 million

($23.8 million)

Employees: 27

Founded: 1970

Web Site:

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:

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:

AIB certified.

86. Advanced Masonry Systems

Concrete, masonry and structural contractor

Chief Executive: Richard Karp

Annual Sales: $25 million

($25 million)

Employees: 350-plus

Founded: 1985

87. 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:

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

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:

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:

Received CCAC accreditation for excellence.

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