Top Companies - Part III

By Hannah Wallace December 31, 2003

$20-$29 Million

83. Manatee Glens (Manatee)

Provides mental health and addiction treatment services

Chief Executive: Mary Ruiz

Annual Sales: $29.2 million

($29.4 million)

Employees: 413

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.

84. Freedom Village (Manatee)

Continuing care retirement center

Chief Executive: Gordan Cooke

Annual Sales: $28.4 million

($25 million)

Employees: 590

Founded: 1984

Web Site:

Received CCAC accreditation for excellence.

85. Halfacre Construction Co.

Design/build, construction management and general contracting

Chief Executive: John J. Cox III

Annual Sales: $28 million

($28 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.

86. TDS Construction, Inc. (Manatee)

Specializes in free-standing and interior/exterior renovations of existing buildings for the retail and shopping center industry nationwide

Chief Executive: David K. Scherer

Annual Sales: $27.7 million

Employees: 65

Founded: 1987

Web Site:

Listed in Gulf Coast Business Review's Top 20 contractors for two years; listed in Shopping Center World Magazine's Top 50 national retail contractors for eight years. Member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Contractors Association, Golden Fork Supporter of Meals on Wheels.

87. McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc.

Commercial building specialists

Chief Executive: John A. McIntyre

Annual Sales: $27.4 million

($33.7 million)

Employees: 75

Founded: 1987

Builds churches, elderly housing, offices, manufacturing and retail throughout Florida.

88. Allen Investments

Hotel owner

Chief Executive: Ron Allen

Annual Sales: Estimated, $27 million

Employees: Estimated, 32

Founded: 1999

Owner of AmericInn in Sarasota.

89. Kerr Food & Beverage Group (Manatee)

Plastic closure systems for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and household products

Plant Manager: John Rogers

Annual Sales: $26 million

($26 million)

Employees: 150

Founded: 1977

Web Site:

AIB certified; recently acquired Setco, Inc and Tubed Products, Inc. of Lancaster, Pa.

90. DeSears Appliance & Home Entertainment (Manatee)

Retail appliances, electronics, furniture, mattresses, home accessories

Chief Executive: John L. Rice

Annual Sales: $25.4 million

($24.5 million)

Employees: 100

Founded: 1947

Web Site:

91. Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. Florida Div. (Manatee)

Manufactures commercial fire apparatus and defense transportation products

Plant Manager: Tom Paulus

Annual Sales: Estimated, $25 million-plus

($40 million)

Employees: Estimated, 200

Founded: 1990

Stock Symbol: OTRKB - Nasdaq

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Oshkosh Truck Corp.

92. Teleflex Electrical Systems Division

Manufactures engine monitoring instrumentation for the marine, industrial and heavy duty truck industries.

General Manager: David Suchy

Annual Sales: Estimated, $25 million-plus

($29 million)

Employees: Estimated, 143

Founded: 1943; in Sarasota since 1968

Web Site:

Stock Symbol: TFX - NYSE

A division of Teleflex, Inc.

93. Advanced Masonry Systems

Concrete, masonry and structural contractor

Chief Executive: Richard Karp

Annual Sales: $25 million

($25 million)

Employees: 350-plus

Founded: 1985

94. Frederick Derr & Company, Inc.

Construction of roads, utilities and coastal erosion structures

Chief Executive: Frederick M. Derr

Annual Sales: $25 million

($20 million)

Employees: 140

Founded: 1961

Web Site:

Recent projects include Tallevast Road for Manatee County ($5 million), and the infrastructure and golf course for WCI at Venetian Golf & River Club.

95. EBI

International commercial, industrial and government drain and sewer pre-treatment services

Chief Executive: William F. Hadley

Annual Sales: $24 million

($22.5 million)

Employees: 25

Founded: 1991

Web Site:

Has expanded into the United Kingdom and been named a partner to the UK Science and Technology Faraday Program; also created a retail products company callled Sysco Icare Partners.

96. Manasota Flooring, Inc.

Floor coverings and installations, countertops, decorative and architectural elements and furniture.

Chief Executive: Robert Tiffany

Annual Sales: $22 million-plus

Employees: 78

Founded: 1973

Web Site:

The largest flooring retailer in Florida and the 38th-largest in the U.S. Five separate locations from Tampa to Venice. Operates three sales divisions that target home builders, large commercial, and residential customers.

97. Colony Beach & Tennis Resort

Condo hotel/resort

Chief Executive: Dr. M.J. "Murf" Klauber

Annual Sales: $22 million

($22 million)

Employees: 350

Founded: 1952

Web Site:

Recently named one of Conde Nast Traveler's "American Edens"; recognized by Tennis Magazine as the No. 1 tennis resort in the nation; named "Best for Tennis" in Gourmet Magazine's annual ranking of the world's top resorts. Named to Top 10 Getaway for Family Travelers by Family Travel Forum. Family owned and operated.

98. D.L. Porter Constructors, Inc.

Commercial general contractor

President: Gary A. Loer

Annual Sales: $22 million

Employees: 35

Founded: 1977

2003 award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for the total restoration of the Gato Cigar Factory in Key West, Fla.

99. Sandcastles of Sarasota

Custom waterfront new home construction

Chief Executives: Phil Chmieleski and Margo Bohaty

Annual Sales: $22 million

($23 million)

Employees: Nine

Founded: 1990

Web Site:

Formerly ML Collingwood-General Contractor, Inc. Company merged with Sandcastles in late 2003.

100. Ohio Transformer, an S.D. Myers Company (Manatee)

The world's largest repair, rewind and remanufacturer of transformers

Chief Executive: Dana Myers

Annual Sales: $22 million

($24 million)

Employees: 110

Founded: 1946

Web Site:

101. Pruett Builders, Inc.

Design/build custom home builder specializing in the luxury residential market from $400,000 and up

Chief Executive: Brian J. Pruett

Annual Sales: $22 million

($17 million)

Employees: 19

Founded: 1977

Web Site:

Won a "Best in American Living Award" for Best Home Design; won a "National Energy Value Gold Medal" for energy efficiency; has won 21 Aurora Awards from the Southeast Builders Conference; builder of the American Lung Association Health House of Florida.

102. ETCO Automotive Products (Manatee)

Manufactures spark plug terminals and rubber boots for ignition-wire manufacturers

Chief Executive: Bob Altomonte

Annual Sales: $20 million

($20 million)

Employees: 105

Founded: 1979

Web Site:

Registered to QS-9000, ISO-9002.

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