Top Companies - Part 1

By Hannah Wallace December 31, 2003

$100 Million-Plus

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

($2.3 billion)

Employees: 5,200 worldwide; 3,000 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 fourth-largest provider of environmental services in the United States.

Chief Executive: G.W. "Bill" Dietrich

Annual Sales: $1.3 billion

($1.3 billion)

Employees: 8,600 nationwide

Founded: 2000

Web Site:

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

Founded: 1905

Web Site:

4. Beall's, Inc. (Manatee)

Retailer of family apparel, footwear, gifts and home items

Chief Executive: Robert M. Beall II

Annual Sales: $850 million

($715 million)

Employees: 8,800

Founded: 1915

Web Site:

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)

($800 million)

Employees: 1,300 nationwide

Founded: 1963

Web Site:

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

($880 million)

Employees: 778

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. 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

($595 million)

Employees: 2,600

Founded: 1981

Web Site:

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

($528 million)

Employees: 850

Founded: 1959

Web Site:

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

($475 million)

Employees: 1,400

Founded: 1953

Web Site:

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

($294 million)

Employees: 1,500, 2 locally

Founded: 1990

Web Site:

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

($350 million)

Employees: 2,000-plus

Founded: 1864

Web Site:

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)

Employees: 1,500

Founded: 1953, 2003 as RMC Florida Group

Web Site:

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

($342 million)

Employees: Estimated, 1,000-plus

Founded: 1973

Web Site:

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

Founded: 1984

Web Site:

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

($254.5 million)

Employees: 1,575

Founded: 1951

Web Site:

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

($270 million)

Employees: 800

Founded: 1967

Web Site:

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)

Employees: 645

Founded: 1995

Web Site:

Stock Symbol: SYY

18. The NELCO Companies (Manatee)

Professional employer organizationn

Chief Executive: Virginia A. Dorris, E.A.

Annual Sales: $248.4 million

($217.4 million)

Employees: 59 locally, 10,728 leased employees in Florida

Founded: 1983

Web Site:

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

($185 million)

Employees: 300

Founded: 1977

Web Site:

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

($130 million)

Employees: 1,600

Founded: 1980

Web Site:

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

($174 million)

Employees: Estimated, 3,000

Founded: 1989

Web Site:

Stock Symbol: CSCQ - Nasdaq

22. Administrative Concepts Corp. (Manatee)

Employee administration

Chief Executive: George E. Bushong

Annual Sales: $141.7 million

($121.7 million)

Employees: 7,651

Founded: 1995

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

($136 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.

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

($142 million)

Employees: 700

Founded: 1955

Web Site:

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

($110 million)

Employees: 40

Founded: 1975

Web Site:

26. JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc.

Manufactures and distributes water treatment and industrial chemicals

Chief Executive: Jeffrey W. Jones

Annual Sales: $110 million

($115 million)

Employees: 400

Founded: 1930

Web Site:

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

($100 million)

Employees: 25

Founded: 1972

28. American Marine Holdings, Inc. (Manatee)

Parent company to Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats

Chief Executive: Lee Kimmell

Annual Sales: $100 million-plus

($100 million-plus)

Employees: 849

Founded: 1963

Web Site:,

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

($105 million)

Employees: 76 locally; 982 throughout eastern U.S.

Founded: 1992

Web Site:

30. Adastraa Export, Inc.

Wholesales precious metals

Chief Executive: Dawn Biset

Annual Sales: Estimated, $100 million

Employees: Estimated, 5

Founded: 2002

31. Tri-City Ceramics, Inc.

Floor coverings and tile, retail

President: Anthony Miske

Annual Sales: Estimated, $100 million

Employees: Estimated, 4

Founded: 1982

Also known as Tri-City Flooring.

$50-$99 Million

32. Ajax Paving Industries

Road construction and paving

Chief Executive: Michael A. Horan

Annual Sales: $90 million

($70 million)

Employees: 200

Founded: 1951

Web Site:

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

($139.7 million)

Employees: Estimated, 125

Founded: 1982

Web Site:

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

($70 million)

Employees: 145

Founded: 1996

Web Site:

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

($70 million)

Employees: Estimated, 200

Founded: 1953

Web Site:

36. Lee Wetherington Companies

Home builder, developer, pool builder

Chief Executive: Lee Wetherington

Annual Sales: $71.3 million

($61.9 million)

Employees: 65

Founded: 1981

Web Site:

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)

Employees: 450-plus

Founded: 1992

Web Site:

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)

Employees: 200

Founded: 1958

Web Site:

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

($58 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.

40. Signs Now Corporation (Manatee)

Franchise sales of professional graphic solutions sign companies

Chief Executive: Mike Etchieson

Annual Sales: $65 million

($65 million)

Employees: 39 locally; 1,000 nationwide

Founded: 1983

Web Site:

41. Sun Hydraulics

Designs and manufactures hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds

Chief Executive: Allen Carlson

Annual Sales: $65 million

($70 million)

Employees: 700

Founded: 1970

Web Site:

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

Employees: 50

Founded: 1949

Web Site:

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

($49 million)

Employees: 200

Founded: 1977

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

($64.1 million)

Employees: 250

Founded: 1969

Web Site:

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

Dog track

Chief Executives: Jack Collins Sr. and Jack Collins Jr.

Annual Sales: $54 million

($55.5 million)

Employees: 219

Founded: 1944

Web Site:

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

($70 million)

Employees: Estimated, 150

Founded: 1982

Web Site:

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

Founded: 1962

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

Founded: 1965

Web Site:

49. Eaton Aerospace (Manatee)

Electrical power and load management systems for aerospace applications

Division General Manager: Darryl Mayhorn

Annual Sales: $50 million

($50 million)

Employees: 390

Founded: 1893; 1978 in Manatee

Web Site:

Stock Symbol: ETN

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