1. Tropicana Products, Inc. (Manatee)
World's leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices
Chief Executive: James E. Dwyer
Annual Sales: $2.3 billion
Employees: 5,200 worldwide; 3,000 in Manatee/Sarasota
Web Site: www.tropicana.com
Tropicana is the No. 3 brand in U.S. grocery stores and is sold in 30 countries worldwide.
2. Onyx North America
The fourth-largest provider of environmental services in the United States.
Chief Executive: G.W. "Bill" Dietrich
Annual Sales: $1.3 billion
Employees: 8,600 nationwide
Web Site: www.onyxna.com
Has more than 295 operating locations that deliver integrated environmental solutions to industrial, commercial, municipal and residential sectors. In 2003, Onyx's Montenay Power Corporation in Miami won the SWANA Bronze Award in the waste-to-energy category. Their ASME facility won Facility of the Year for material recovery.
3. Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.
Manufactures premium delicatessen meats and cheeses
Chief Executive: Robert S. Martin
Annual Sales: Estimated, $930 million
(Estimated, $930 million)
Employees: 100 locally, 2,200 company-wide
Web Site: www.boarshead.com
4. Beall's, Inc. (Manatee)
Retailer of family apparel, footwear, gifts and home items
Chief Executive: Robert M. Beall II
Annual Sales: $850 million
Web Site: www.beallsinc.com
Beall's operates a mix of department, outlet and home stores in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, California, Missouri, New Mexico and Arkansas.
5. Vengroff Williams & Associates, Inc.
Credit and collections, subrogation claims, medical accounts payable, management of rental units in Sarasota and New York
Chief Executives: Harvey Vengroff and Robert Williams
Annual Sales: $830 million (represents actual revenues after collections)
Employees: 1,300 nationwide
Web Site: www.vwainc.com
Growth in 2003 came from Europe and Asia.
6. Taylor Woodrow, Inc. (Manatee)
Community developer, luxury home and high-rise condo builder
Chief Executive: John R. Peshkin
Annual Sales: $816 million
Founded: 1921 in England, 1936 in North America
Web Site: www.taylorwoodrow.com
Renowned for creating extraordinary lifestyle communities with world-class amenities, building a wide range of luxury homes and high-rise condominiums. Local projects include The Oaks Preserve, Sawgrass, The Villages of Palm-Aire, The Meadows and the Beach Residences on Lido Key.
7. Intertape Polymer Group (Manatee)
Develops and manufactures specialized plastic and paper products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use
Chief Executive: Melbourne F. Yull
Annual Sales: $595 million
Web Site: www.Intertapepolymer.com
Stock Symbol: ITP on NYSE and TSE
ISO 9002 certified, 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: $525.6 million
Web Site: www.fcci-group.com
Corporate headquarters located in a new state-of-the-art office complex in Lakewood Ranch.
9. Manatee Memorial Hospital and Health System (Manatee)
Licensed 491-bed acute care hospital
Chief Executive: Brian Flynn
Annual Sales: $520 million
Web Site: www.manateememorial.com
Voted "Best Hospital" in 2003 by the Bradenton Herald's readers for ninth consecutive year; JCAHO acccreditation for 2002; will open Lakewood Ranch medical center in May 2004.
10. Central European Distribution Corporation
One of the largest importers and distributors of alcoholic beverages in Poland
Chief Executive: William V. Carey
Annual Sales: Estimated, $415 million
Employees: 1,500, 2 locally
Web Site: www.ced-c.com
Stock Symbol: CEDC Nasdaq
11. Edwards Systems Technology (Manatee)
Designs and manufactures commercial fire detection systems, electronic access control and security systems
Chief Executive: Jay Twombly
Annual Sales: $405 million
Web Site: www.est.net
Stock Symbol: SPW
Clients include the Pentagon and Intel, 90 percent of Las Vegas hotels and numerous airports. Reccently aquired ISS (Canada) and IdentiCard (Lancaster, Pa.)
12. RMC Florida Group, Inc. (Manatee)
Produces and distributes ready-mix concrete, concrete and architectural block, concrete pavers, concrete pipe, construction aggregates and related building materials
Chief Executive: Richard A. Buckelew
Annual Sales: $400 million
(Estimated, $42.9 million)
Founded: 1953, 2003 as RMC Florida Group
Web Site: www.rmcfloridagroup.com
RMC is the holding ccompany for Singletary Concrete, Ewell Industries, Krehling Industries, RMC South Florida, and Florida Rock and Sand. Has also created financial incentive programs for area students.
13. 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: $382.2 million
Employees: Estimated, 1,000-plus
Web Site: www.blakemedicalcenter.com
14. Gevity HR, Inc. (Manatee)
Provides professional employer services, including payroll, administration, risk management, benefits administration, unemployment services and human resources consulting
Chief Executive: Erik Vonk
Annual Sales: $374.7 million
(Estimated, $310.4 million)
Employees: Estimated, 1,200
Web Site: www.gevityhr.com
Stock Symbol: GVHR-Nasdaq
15. 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: Estimated, $285 million
Web Site: www.bonsecours.org/venice
New home to the Bon Secours Regional Heart Center, staffed by Ocala Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeons and cardo anesthesiologists.
16. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Hospital and outpatient services and affiliates
Chief Executive: Lindell W. Orr
Annual Sales: $269.5 million
Web Site: www.doctorsofsarasota.com
Accredited by JCAHO.
17. Sysco Food Services-West Coast FL 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, $250 million
(Estimated, $100.4 million)
Web Site: www.syscowcf.com
Stock Symbol: SYY
18. The NELCO Companies (Manatee)
Professional employer organizationn
Chief Executive: Virginia A. Dorris, E.A.
Annual Sales: $248.4 million
Employees: 59 locally, 10,728 leased employees in Florida
Web Site: www.gonelco.com
Ranked No. 88 in Florida Trend Magazine's 2003 list of Top 200 private companies in Florida; ranked No. 1 in Tampa Bay Business Journal's women-owned businesses for 2002 and 2003.
19. Dooley and Mack Constructors, Inc.
Construction managers, general contractors, design/builders
Chief Executive: William R. Dooley
Annual Sales: $185 million
Web Site: www.dooleymack.com
Multiple award-winning construction company, including the 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Trust for historic preservation of the Jupiter Lighthouse and Sarasota County courthouse; other projects include the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, the Salvation Army Center of Hope, and the Citrus County Judicial Facility. Currently relocating to new corporate headquarters in Lakewood Ranch.
20. PGT Industries
Manufactures custom windows, doors and patio rooms
Chief Executive: Randy White
Annual Sales: $161 million
Web Site: www.pgtindustries.com
Winner of the 2002 Excellence in Industry Award.
21. Correctional Services Corp.
Develops and manages privatized correctional and detention facilities in the U.S.
Chief Executive: James F. Slattery
Annual Sales: $160.4 million
Employees: Estimated, 3,000
Web Site: www.correctionalservices.com
Stock Symbol: CSCQ - Nasdaq
22. Administrative Concepts Corp. (Manatee)
Chief Executive: George E. Bushong
Annual Sales: $141.7 million
E-mail: [email protected]
Ranked 270th among top privately held companies in Tampa Bay; ranked among top 75 women-owned businesses in Tampa Bay; ranked the fourth-fastest growing company in Tampa Bay.
23. W.G. Mills, Inc. (Manatee)
Construction manager and general contractor
Chief Executives: Walter G. Mills and Lemuel Sharp III
Annual Sales: $136 million
Web Site: www.wgmills.com
Five regional offices throughout Florida, including corporate headquarters in Sarasota, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Palm Beach Gardens and Jacksonville.
24. Wellcraft Marine Corp. (Manatee)
Manufactures fiberglass boats under the brand names Wellcraft, Aquasport and Hydra-Sports
Chief Executive: Dean Samuelson
Annual Sales: $126 million
Web Site: www.wellcraft.com
For the past 18 years, Wellcraft has been a sponsor of the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix; for the past two years, has been a supporter of the Physically Challenged Fishing Tournament with the Walmart/Wellcraft pro-angler fishing teams.
25. Foreign Trade Marketing
Consumer product exporter and importer
Chief Executive: Irwin Tobocman
Annual Sales: $110 million
Web Site: www.foreigntrademarketing.com
26. JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc.
Manufactures and distributes water treatment and industrial chemicals
Chief Executive: Jeffrey W. Jones
Annual Sales: $110 million
Web Site: www.jcichemicals.com
Twelve factories located throughout the U.S.; in 2003, received five safety awards from the Chlorine Institute for operating without incident for 50,000 or more hours.
27. Lu-Mar Lobster and Shrimp, Inc.
Wholesale seafood processor and distributor
President: Jeffrey Sedacca
Annual Sales: $105 million
28. American Marine Holdings, Inc. (Manatee)
Parent company to Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats
Chief Executive: Lee Kimmell
Annual Sales: $100 million-plus
Web Site: www.donzimarine.com, www.pro-lineboats.com
2002 APBA national champions, 2003 APBA high points leader; official sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
29. Dental Care Alliance
Provides dental management and consulting services to 85 dental practices in seven states
Chief Executive: Dr. Steven R. Matzkin
Annual Sales: $100 million
Employees: 76 locally; 982 throughout eastern U.S.
Web Site: www.dentalcarealliance.com
30. Adastraa Export, Inc.
Wholesales precious metals
Chief Executive: Dawn Biset
Annual Sales: Estimated, $100 million
Employees: Estimated, 5
31. Tri-City Ceramics, Inc.
Floor coverings and tile, retail
President: Anthony Miske
Annual Sales: Estimated, $100 million
Employees: Estimated, 4
Also known as Tri-City Flooring.
32. Ajax Paving Industries
Road construction and paving
Chief Executive: Michael A. Horan
Annual Sales: $90 million
Web Site: www.ajaxpaving.com
All five Ajax asphalt plants have received the Diamond Achievement Award for outstanding facility from the National Asphalt Pavement Association in Washington, DC.
33. Pacific Tomato Growers, Ltd. (Manatee)
Grower, packer and shipper of fresh market fruits and vegetables
Chief Executive: Joseph Esformes
Annual Sales: $124.3 million
Employees: Estimated, 125
Web Site: www.ptg-eee.com
34. 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: $75 million
Web Site: www.abwslr.com/goldcoasteagle
Enjoys a nearly 69 percent market share with 1,400 retail accounts; supports more than 300 charitable events; received "Wholesaler of the Year" award for Florida from Anheuser-Busch.
35. Tropitone Furniture Co., Inc. (Manatee)
Designs and manufactures fine casual furniture
Chief Executive: Douglas Baker
Annual Sales: Estimated, $75 million
Employees: Estimated, 200
Web Site: www.tropitone.com
36. Lee Wetherington Companies
Home builder, developer, pool builder
Chief Executive: Lee Wetherington
Annual Sales: $71.3 million
Web Site: www.lwhomes.com
Member of the 2003 Heathstone Foundation; winner of Builder Magazine Lifetime Public Service Award.
37. Hoveround Corporation
Manufactures, distributes and retails power wheelchairs and scooters
Chief Executive: Thomas E. Kruse
Annual Sales: $70 million-plus
(Estimated, $27 million-plus)
Web Site: www.hoveround.com
Accredited member of Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); ISO 9001:2000 certified organization.
38. L-3 Communications, Aviation Recorders
Manufactures solid state cockpit voice, flight data, and maritime voyage recorders, cabin surveillance systems, automatic identification systems, and digital selective calling VHF radios for commercial, civil and military applications
President: Bruce Coffey
Annual Sales: $67 million
(Estimated, $60 million)
Web Site: www.L-3com.com
Stock Symbol: LLL
Recently acquired substantially all assets of Flight Systems Engineering.
39. Neal Communities, Neal Custom Homes (Manatee)
Land developer and home builder
Chief Executive: Patrick K. Neal
Annual Sales: $66 million
Web Site: www.nealcustomhomes.com
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.
40. Signs Now Corporation (Manatee)
Franchise sales of professional graphic solutions sign companies
Chief Executive: Mike Etchieson
Annual Sales: $65 million
Employees: 39 locally; 1,000 nationwide
Web Site: www.signsnow.com
41. Sun Hydraulics
Designs and manufactures hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds
Chief Executive: Allen Carlson
Annual Sales: $65 million
Web Site: www.sunhydraulics.com
Stock Symbol: SNHY - Nasdaq
Facilities in Sarasota and Manatee; other facilities located in U.K., Germany, South Korea and China.
42. Homes by Towne (Manatee)
Builders single-family homes, multi-family homes and commercial
Chief Executive: Kitt Kearney
Annual Sales: $64.5 million
Web Site: www.homesbytowne.com
Earned best customer satisfaction ratings for three years in a row at Lakewood Ranch; won Aurora awards for its Monarch V, Osprey II and Raleigh IV models.
43. Westra Construction Corp. (Manatee)
Underground water and sewer utility contractor, wastewater treatment plants
Chief Executive: Kenneth Beukema
Annual Sales: $57.4 million
44. Teltronics, Inc. (Manatee)
Manufactures traditional circuit-based switching systems, sophisticated alarm management systems, custom-built electronics and communication systems
Chief Executive: Ewen R. Cameron
Annual Sales: $54.4
Web Site: www.teltronics.com
Stock Symbol: TELT - OTC
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.
45. Sarasota Kennel Club
Chief Executives: Jack Collins Sr. and Jack Collins Jr.
Annual Sales: $54 million
Web Site: www.sarasotakennelclub.com
46. 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: Nickolas A. Branica
Annual Sales: $51.7 million
Employees: Estimated, 150
Web Site: www.comdial.com
Stock Symbol: CMDZ - OTC
47. APAC-Southeast, Inc. (Manatee)
Highway/road contractor and asphalt manufacturer
Chief Executive: David Donofrio
Annual Sales: Estimated, $50 million-plus
(Estimated, $50 million-plus)
Employees: Estimated, 600 statewide
FTBA and ACA asphalt paving award winner for past four years.
48. Scott Paint Company
Manufactures, wholesales and retails paints and coatings
President: Doug Ramer
Annual Sales: Estimated, $50 million-plus
(Estimated, $52.1 million)
Employees: Estimated, 160
Web Site: www.scottpaint.com
49. Eaton Aerospace (Manatee)
Electrical power and load management systems for aerospace applications
Division General Manager: Darryl Mayhorn
Annual Sales: $50 million
Founded: 1893; 1978 in Manatee
Web Site: www.eaton.com
Stock Symbol: ETN