Top Companies - Part II

By Hannah Wallace December 31, 2003

$30-$49 Million

50. R.E. Crawford Construction

General contractor

Chief Executive: Robert E. Crawford

Annual Sales: $46.5 million

Employees: 100

Founded: 1979

Web Site:

Ranked No. 22 among national retail contractors by Shopping Center World.

51. Florikan E.S.A.

Environmentally safe agricultural, horticultural and home gardening products

Chief Executives: Ed and Betty Rosenthal

Annual Sales: Estimated, $46 million

($42 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 and runner-up for Gulf Coast Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2003. Although they sell wholesale, their products are available to the public online at their Web site.

52. Prince Contracting Co., Inc. (Manatee)

Golf course construction and general contractor and site development, including complete infrastructure, utilities and land clearing

Chief Executive: Chester W. Prince

Annual Sales: $45.7 million

(Estimated, $50.5 million)

Employees: 415

Founded: 1983

Web Site:

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

($45.5 million)

Employees: 78

Founded: 1971

Web Site:

Member of Red Book, Blue Book and Gold Circle produce marketing.

54. Swanson Services Corp.

Commissary services for correctional facilities, convenience stores and retail

President: Charles L. Swanson Jr.

Annual Sales: Estimated, $45.5 million

(Estimated, $44.8 million)

Employees: Estimated, 300

Founded: 1991

Web Site:

55. First Watch Restaurants

Breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant

Chief Executive: Kenneth L. Pendery Jr.

Annual Sales: $45 million

($43 million)

Employees: 1,300

Founded: 1983

Web Site:

Currently ranked No. 1 by Consumer Reports in their category of restaurants.

56. Mike Carter Construction (Manatee)

Design/build firm and commercial construction

Chief Executive: Mike Carter

Annual Sales: $45 million

($45 million)

Employees: 75-plus

Founded: 1977

Web Site:

Named the 2002 Manatee Chamber Industry of the Year Community Leader; named one of the Gulf Coast's top commercial contractors and private companies for 1999, 2000 and 2001. Also recognized by Florida Trend as one of its top 100 fastest-growing companies in the Bay area.

57. Michael Saunders & Company

Full-service, licensed real estate brokerage offering residential, commercial, new homes, mortgage and title service

President: Michael Saunders

Annual Sales: $44.6 million

($43.2 millionn)

Employees: 113 employees; 438 agents

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. In 2003, CEO Michael Saunders was inducted into the Community Video Archives Hall of Fame and honored as Kiwanis' outstanding citizen.

58. Forest Products Supply, Inc.

Manufactures architectural mill work, trusses, pre-hung door products supplier, lumber-related building materials, windows and hollow metal doors

Chief Operating Officer: Larry Smart

Annual Sales: Estimated, $43 million

($41 million)

Employees: 300

Founded: 1974

Web Site:

59. M. Pete McNabb, Inc.

Franchised home builder for Arthur Rutenberg Homes

Chief Executive: Pete McNabb

Annual Sales: $41.2 million

($46.7 million)

Employees: 58

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.

60. Englewood Community Hospital


Chief Executive: Robert C. Meade

Annual Sales: $41 million

($42.2 million)

Employees: 350

Founded: 1985

Web Site:

Nationally recognized as one of Solucient's top 100 hospitals for overall care; the only hospital in Sarasota or Charlotte County to achieve this distinction.

61. Trilectron Industries, Inc. (an ITW company)

Manufactures a broad line of aircraft ground support equipment for corporate business jets and turbo-props to regional and commercial airlines

President: Dan Downey

Annual Sales: Estimated, $41 million

(Estimated, $60 million)

Employees: Estimated, 100

Founded: 1970

Web Site:

62. Bruce Williams Homes (Manatee)

Home builder and developer

Chief Executive: Lloyd E. Williams Jr.

Annual Sales: $40.9 million

($51 million)

Employees: 70

Founded: 1969

Web Site: www.bwhomes.coms

The Manatee Homebuilders Assocation Builder of the Year, Parade of Homes winner; member of the MHBA, Youth for Christ Board and past member Junior Achievement. The Bradenton Herald 2003 readers preference winner for best homebuilder. Ranked in the top 25 homebuilders, the top 100 Tampa Bay businesses and Gulf Coast Business Journal's top 200 privately held companies.

63. Aso Corporation

Manufactures first-aid products, primarily for store brand and private label

Chief Executive: Yasushi Kuki

Annual Sales: $40 million

($32 million)

Employees: 230

Founded: 1950 in Japan; 1985 in U.S.

Web Site:

Awarded the 2003 Category Colonel award by PL Buyer Magazine; named the 2003 Proprietary Label Suplier of the Year by McKesson Corporation; ISO 9001 certified; also operates facilities in the Netherlands and the Philippines.

64. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota

Rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, sports medicine and medical rehabilitation services

Chief Executive: Margaret A. Holloway

Annual Sales: $40 million

($44 million)

Employees: 334

Founded: 1986

Web Site:

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

65. John Cannon Homes, Inc.

Custom home builder

Chief Executive: Dave Snyder

Annual Sales: $40 million

($31 million)

Employees: 56

Founded: 1987

Web Site:

Readers' Choice Award from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune for nine consecutive years. Named to Professional Builder Magazine's list of the "101 Best Companies to Work for in the Residential Construction Industry" for last two years. Currently building in Amberwynd of Snead Island, Lakewood Ranch, Silver Oak on Palmer Ranch, The Hammocks and Mira Bay.

66. Carter Grandle (Manatee)

Manufactures casual furniture, replacement cushions and umbrellas

Chief Executive: Webb G. Carter

Annual Sales: Estimated, $40 million

(Estimated, $40 million)

Employees: 250

Founded: 1988

Web Site:

67. Pacer Marine, Inc.

Supplies and manufactures wire and cable, electrical harnesses, instrumentation and switch panels as well as a complete electrical parts supplier for the marine industry

Chief Executive: Joseph E. Swiatkowski

Annual Sales: Estimated, $40 million

Employees: 80

Founded: 1985

Web Site:

Four locations in Florida, including Sarasota headquarters, Fort Lauderdale distribution center, and Bradenton and Edgewater manufacturing plants. Also known as Pacer Electronics of FL, Inc.

68. Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

The largest real estate brokerage company in Florida

President: Judith A. Green

Annual Sales: $39 million

Employees: 203

Founded: 1906 (1997 established Florida corporate headquarters)

Web Site:

The company has 8,200 sales associates and 200 office locations throughout the state with regional headquarters and 20 offices (including a commercial division and property management) located in Sarasota.

69. Sarasota Family YMCA

Nonprofit consisting of four fitness/wellness centers, seven shelters for children and numerous social service programs in a three-county area

Chief Executive: Carl Weinrich

Annual Sales: Estimated, $36.9 million

Employees: 900-plus

Founded: 1945

Web Site:

Won 2003 "Best of the Best" fitness awards from Sarasota Herald-Tribune and SARASOTA Magazine readers; named the best community-based care coalition member in the state of Florida for foster care.

70. Southern Agricultural Insecticides (Manatee)

Formulates and distributes lawn and garden and agricultural chemicals

President: John R. Diem

Annual Sales: $36.8 million

($38 million)

Employees: 84

Founded: 1947

Web Site:

71. Charter One Hotels and Resorts, Inc.

Hotel management company

Chief Executive: John W. Balliett

Annual Sales: $36.4 million

($35 million)

Employees: 825

Founded: 1981

Web Site:

Opened new award-winning Hampton Inn & Suites in St. Petersburg, Fla., and award-winning Holiday Inn in Auburn.

72. Woodruff & Sons, Inc. (Manatee)

Underground utility construction

President: Roy J. Woodruff

Annual Sales: Estimated, $35.9 million

(Estimated, $35.9 million)

Employees: Estimated, 250

Founded: 1925

Web Site:

73. Shannon Resort & Club Group, Inc.

Hotelier and management company

Chief Executive: W. Shane Eagan

Annual Sales: $34.8 million

(Estimated, $23.4 million)

Employees: 440

Founded: 1987

74. West Coast Tomato Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of McClure Properties, Ltd. (Manatee)

Agricultural packer, shipper and seller

Chief Executive: Daniel McClure

Annual Sales: $34 million

($30 million)

Employees: Varies seasonally

Founded: 1973

75. Kimal Lumber Co.

Door manufacturer and retailer of building materials and trusses

Chief Executive: Al E. Bavry

Annual Sales: $33.5 million

($33 million)

Employees: 165

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.

76. Wesco Turf, Inc.

Distributes lawn, irrigation and commercial turf equipment

Chief Executive: William J. Gamble

Annual Sales: $33.2 million

($30.1 million)

Employees: 74

Founded: 1987

77. Waterford Homes/Waterford Construction, Inc.

Home builder, land development, commercial and industrial development

Chief Executive: Michael W. Miller

Annual Sales: $32 million

Employees: 75

Founded: 1987

Web Site:,

78. National In-Store

Retail chain supplier of retail merchandising, data reporting, in-store marketing, store remodeling/resets, distribution/logistics and direct product sales services serving 26 countries

Chief Executive: Thomas L. Dowdy

Annual Sales: $31 million

(Estimated, $20.5 million)

Employees: 210 full-time; 4,350 part-time

Founded: 1994

Web Site:

NIS was awarded Wal-Mart "Retailtainment" agency of record status in 2003. The company also launched RetailStream version 3.0 during the year maintaining a leadership position in the collection, interpretation and reporting of retail data. NIS plans to increase revenue by 100 percent in 2004.

79. Crane Environmental

Manufactures high-tech water purification solutions

Chief Executive: Jeff Porter

Annual Sales: $30 million

($30 million)

Employees: 100-plus

Founded: 1864

Web Site:

With its national headquarters in Trooper, Pa., and manufacturing facility in Venice, Crane Environmental has created and implemented specialized water purification systems under the Environmental Products and Cochrane name brands for more than 130 years.

80. Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc.

General contractors/construction managers

Chief Executive: Philip A. Kellogg

Annual Sales: $30 million

($30 million)

Employees: 40

Founded: 1986

Web Site:

Local projects include the Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Euclid branch of the YMCA and nationwide commercial projects. Actively supports the YMCA Renaissance branch.

81. Ned Davis Research Group

Provides global investment research commentary, charts, ranking systems and consulting services to institutional investors in more than 30 countries and is the sub-advisor to the Ned Davis Asset Allocation Fund

Chief Executive: Ned Davis

Annual Sales: $30 million

($30 million)

Employees: 80

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., Being Right or Making Money, and The Triumph of Contrarian Investing published by McGraw-Hill.

82. Zirkelback Construction (Manatee)

General contractors, engineers, design and build

Chief Executive: Alan Zirkelbach

Annual Sales: Estimated, $30 million

($29.7 million)

Employees: 46

Founded: 1997

Web Site:

Recently merged with Frye General Contracting, Inc.

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