All of the businesses on this list earned at least $20 million in gross revenues in 2004, and a significant portion earned in the hundreds of millions.
Each company is still either headquartered here or is a self-contained division of a larger company. They're ranked by annual sales, and in the few instances where companies earned revenues through commissions, we report earnings only as those commissions. Real estate firms report only commissioned sales. We publish sales figures exactly as companies report them to us; last year's sales are in parentheses after the current year's sales. If a company declines to report sales, we estimate, using a variety of sources. We also publish estimates given to us by companies that project earnings because their fiscal year did not end before press time. All estimated figures are marked as such.
To compile the list, we call on local, regional and national sources, including economic development councils and industry analysts. We hope you will bring any omissions to our attention so we can consider them for next year's story.
1. Vengroff Williams & Associates, Inc. (Sarasota)
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: $2.8 billion (represents actual revenues after collections of $32 billion)
Employees: 220 in Florida, 1,100 nationwide
Web Site: www.vwainc.com
2. Taylor Woodrow, Inc. (Manatee)
Luxury home and high-rise condominium builder and community developer
Chief Executive: John R. Peshkin
Annual Sales: $1.4 billion, estimated
Founded: 1936 in North America
Web Site: www.taylorwoodrowhomes.com
Stock Symbol: GB: TWOD
Has been building luxury homes and high-rise condominiums, and developing lifestyle communities in North America for over 65 years. Headquartered in Bradenton, its current operations include more than 70 active developments throughout Florida, California.
3. Beall's (Manatee)
Retailer of family apparel, footwear, gifts and home items
Chief Executive: Robert M. Beall II
Annual Sales: $983 million
Web Site: www.beallsinc.com
Beall's operates a mix of department and outlet stores in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, California, Missouri, New Mexico and Arkansas.
4. 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 companywide
Web Site: www.boarshead.com
5. Onyx North America Corp.
Provides environmental services
Chief Executive: G.W. "Bill" Dietrich
Annual Sales: Estimated, $850 million
Employees: Estimated, 8,600 nationwide
Web Site: www.onyxna.com
6. Buchanan Automotive Group
Auto, new and used, retail
Chief Executive: Vernon G. Buchanan
Annual Sales: Estimated, $750 million
(Estimated, $600 million-plus)
Employees: Estimated, 200
Web Site: www.buchananautomotivegroup.com
Consists of 21 dealerships throughout Florida and the southeastern U.S. In 2003, Automotive News ranked Buchanan the 51st largest group in the county.
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: $630 million
Web site: www.Intertapepolymer.com
Stock Symbol: NYSE and TSE: ITP
ISO 9002 certified, operations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Portugal with 16 facilities, including 12 manufacturing locations.
8. Acu-Grind Tool Works, Inc. (Manatee)
Manufactures medical, resharpening and specialty cutting tools
President: Tony Antony
Annual Sales: Estimated, $600 million
Employees: Estimated, 1,512
Web site: www.acugrind.com
9. Manatee Memorial Hospital (Manatee)
Licensed 319-bed acute care hospital
Chief Executive: Brian Flynn
Annual Sales: $525 million
Web site: www.manateememorial.com
Voted best hospital for 10th consecutive year by Bradenton Herald readers, named a top 100 hospital by Solucient Modern Healthcare, and opened Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in September 2004.
10. 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: $514 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.
11. FCCI Insurance Group
Commercial property and casualty insurance throughout the Southeast and Midwest
Chief Executive: G.W. Jacobs
Annual Sales: $490 millionn
Web site: www.fcci-group.com
Corporate headquarters located in a state-of-the-art office complex in Lakewood Ranch.
12. Blake Medical Center (Manatee)
383-bed acute care Top 100 hospital offering services from open-heart to in-patient, rehabilitation and community screenings
Chief Executive: Daniel J. Friedrich III
Annual Sales: $451.4 million
Employees: Estimated, 1,000-plus
Web site: www.blakemedicalcenter.com
13. Edwards Systems Technology (Manatee)
Designs and manufactures commercial fire detection systems, electronic access control and security systems
Chief Executive: Jay Twombly
Annual Sales: $450 million
Web site: www.est.net
Stock Symbol: SPW
In November, moved into new 109,000-square-foot facility in Lakewood Ranch.
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, $429.1 million
(Estimated, $415 million)
Employees: 1,500, 2 locally
Web site: www.ced-c.com
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: CEDC
15. 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: $425.8 million
Employees: Estimated, 1,069
Web site: www.gevityhr.com
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: GVHR
16. APAC-Florida, Inc. (Manatee)
Highway/road contractor and asphalt manufacturer
President: David Donofrio
Annual Sales: Estimated, $339 million
(Estimated, $50 million-plus) will you double check this figure?
Employees: Estimated, 600 statewide
17. Bon Secours Venice Healthcare Corporation
312-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: $316 million
Web site: www.bonsecours.org/venice
Home of the Bon Secours Regional Heart Center, staffed by Ocala Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeons and cardo anesthesiologists. The hospital was recently bought by Naples-based Health Management Associates Inc. (NYSE: HMA). S H-T story says Bon Secours Venice reported $12 million loss in revenues last year.
18. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
Hospital and outpatient services and affiliates
Chief Executive: Lindell W. Orr
Annual Sales: $314.6 million
Web site: www.doctorsofsarasota.com
Acccredited by JCAHO.
19. LWR Communities, LLC (Manatee)
Real estate development
Chief Executive: C. John A. Clarke (newname. John just retired)
Annual Sales: Estimated, $290 million
Web site: www.lakewoodranch.com
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; excellence grand award for Lakewood Ranch clubhouse from the National Commercial Builders Council; voted "Best Neighborhood" by readers of SARASOTA Magazine.
20. The NELCO Companies (Manatee)
Professional employer organization
Chief Executive: Virginia A. Dorris, E.A.
Annual Sales: $254 million
Web site: www.gonelco.com
21. 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, $230 million)
Employees: Estimated, 620
Web site: www.syscowcf.com
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: SYY
22. PGT Industries
Manufactures custom windows, doors and patio rooms
Chief Executive: Randy White
Annual Sales: $223 million
Web site: www.pgtindustries.com
Has facilities in Venice and in Lexington, N.C.
23. Administrative Concepts Corp. (Manatee)
Chief Executive: George E. Bushong
Annual Sales: $221.6 million
Web site: www.accpeo.com
Ranked among the top 200 privately held companies, the top 75 women-owned companies and the top 25 fastest-growing companies in Florida.
24. Alert Fire Sprinklers
Fire sprinkler systems and installations
President: Ward Luther III
Annual Sales: Estimated, $200 million
Employees: Estimated, 39
25. DooleyMack Constructors, Inc.
Construction managers, general contractors, design/builders, master planning, site acquisition and cost estimator
Chief Operating Officer: Joseph R. Vislay
Annual Sales: $180 million
Web site: www.dooleymack.com
Recent achievements include the 2003 Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction award from the Advanced Technology Center in Daytona Beach for the construction of?? the Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Westshore and South Florida Community College Dental Health.
26. Global Signal, Inc.
A real estate investment trust that owns, leases and operates wireless communication towers
Director: David Abrams
Annual Sales: Estimated, $168.8 million
Employees: Estimated 180, 150 in Sarasota
Founded: 2003 as Global Signal
Stock Symbol: NYSE: GSL
Formerly Pinnacle Holdings. As of March, Global owned more than 2,000 towers and 251 sites located primarily in the Southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions.
27. W.G. Mills, Inc. (Manatee)
Construction manager and general contractor
Chief Executives: Walter G. Mills and Lemuel Sharp III
Annual Sales: $165 million
Web site: www.wgmills.com
Five regional offices throughout Florida, including corporate headquarters in Sarasota, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Palm Beach Gardens and Jacksonville.
28. Wellcraft Marine Corp. (Manatee)
Manufactures fiberglass boats under the brand names Wellcraft, Aquasport and Hydra-Sports
Chief Executive: Dean Samuelson
Annual Sales: $148 million
Web site: www.wellcraft.com
For the past 19 years, Wellcraft has been a sponsor of the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix; for the past three years, has been a supporter of the Physically Challenged Fishing Tournament with the Wal-Mart/Wellcraft pro-angler fishing teams.
29. Pacific Tomato Growers, Ltd. (Manatee)
Grower, packer and shipper of fresh market fruits and vegetables
Chief Executive: Joseph Esformes
Annual Sales: $136 million
Employees: Estimated, 125
Web site: www.sunripeproduce.com
30. Homes by Towne (Manatee)
Builds single-family homes, multifamily homes and commercial
Chief Executive: Kitt Kearney
Annual Sales: Estimated, $135 million
Web site: www.homesbytowne.com
Earned best customer satisfaction ratings for three years in a row at Lakewood Ranch; won an Aurora award for its Monarch V, Osprey II and Raleigh IV models.
31. Correctional Services Corp.
Develops and manages privatized correctional and detention facilities in the U.S.
Chief Executive: James F. Slattery
Annual Sales: Estimated, $134.1 million
Employees: Estimated, 3,000
Web site: www.correctionalservices.com
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: CSCQ
32. Foreign Trade Marketing
Consumer product exporter and importer
Chief Executive: Irwin Tobocman
Annual Sales: $110 million
Web site: www.kelly2.com/ftm
33. Neal Communities, Neal Custom Homes (Manatee)
Land developer and home builder
Chief Executive: Patrick K. Neal
Annual Sales: $110 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 Southeast Builders Conference.
34. Lee Wetherington Companies
Home builder, developer, pool builder
Chief Executive: Lee Wetherington
Annual Sales: $108.6 million
Web site: www.lwhomes.com
Recognized as "America's Best Builder" by National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine. Recipient of the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award, the 2004 Alex Schoenbaum Humanitarian Award and the Hearthstone Builder Lifetime Public Service award.
35. Dental Care Alliance
Provides dental management and consulting services to 80 dental practices in seven states
Chief Executive: Dr. Steven R. Matzkin
Annual Sales: $108 million
Employees: 82 locally; 1,032 throughout eastern U.S.
Web site: www.dentalcarealliance.com
36. Bruce Williams Homes (Manatee)
Home builder and developer
Chief Executive: Britt Williams
Annual Sales: $105 million
Web site: www.bwhomes.coms
Ranked 15th in the top 25 of the fastest-growing companies and 65th largest business in the Tampa Bay region by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Ranked in the top 25 home builders, the top 100 Tampa Bay businesses and the top 200 privately held companies by Gulf Coast Business Journal. Winner of over 200 Parade of Homes awards. The Bradenton Herald 2003 and 2004 readers' preference winner for best home builder.
37. JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc.
Manufactures and distributes water treatment and industrial chemicals
Chief Executive: Jeffrey W. Jones
Annual Sales: $99 million
Web site: www.jcichemicals.com
Twelve factories located throughout the U.S.; in 2004, received seven safety awards from the Chlorine Institute for operating without incident for 50,000 or more hours. Moved in September 2004 from the Quay to the Northern Trust building.
38. Sun Hydraulics
Designs and manufactures hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds
Chief Executive: Allen Carlson
Annual Sales: $90 million
Web site: www.sunhydraulics.com
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: SNHY
Facilities in Sarasota and Manatee; other facilities located in U.K., Germany, South Korea and China.
39. Hoveround Corporation
Manufacturers, distributes and retails power wheelchairs and scooters
Chief Executive: Thomas E. Kruse
Annual Sales: $85 million-plus
Web site: www.hoveround.com
Accredited member of Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); ISO 9001:2000 certified organization.
40. Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Anheuser-Busch and Corona portfolio beer distributor for Sarasota and Manatee counties
Chief Executive: John W. Saputo
Annual Sales: $82 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.
41. Ajax Paving Industries, Inc.
Road construction and paving
President: Michael A. Horan
Annual Sales: $80 million
Web site: www.ajaxpaving.com
42. John Cannon Homes, Inc.
Custom home builder
Chief Executive: Dave Snyder
Annual Sales: $75 million
Web site: www.johncannonhomes.com
Readers' Choice Award from Sarasota Herald-Tribune for 13 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.
43. L-3 Communications, Aviation Recorders
World's leading manufacturer of 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: Estimated, $70 million
(Estimated, $70 million)
Web site: www.L-3com.com
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: LLL
Has acquired substantially all of the assets of Flight Systems Engineering.
44. Signs Now Corporation (Manatee)
Franchise sales of professional graphic solutions sign companies
Chief Executive: Mike Etchieson
Annual Sales: $68 million
Employees: 41 locally; 1,400 nationwide
Web site: www.signsnow.com
45. Gettel Automotive (Manatee)
New and used automobiles, retail and auto repair
President: James Gettel
Annual Sales: Estimated, $62 million
Employees: Estimated, 145
Web site: http://getteltoyota.com
46. Michael Saunders & Company
Full-service, licensed real estate brokerage offering residential, commercial, new homes, mortgage and title service
Chief Executive: Michael Saunders
Annual Sales: $61.6 million
Employees: 131 employees; 446 agents
Web site: www.michaelsaunders.com
Ranked first in the Sarasota market by sales volume and 57th in closed sales volume nationally by Real Trends 500. Ranked 121st nationwide for number of transactions. Is an affiliate of Christie's Great Estates and the Board of Regents, RELO Relocation Network, Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and The Realty Alliance. In 2004, CEO Michael Saunders received the statewide Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year award in the real estate and construction category.
47. Prince Contracting Co., Inc. (Manatee)
General contractor and site development, including complete infrastructure, utilities, land clearing, highways, roads and golf course construction
Chief Executive: Chester W. Prince
President and COO: James B. Walker
Annual Sales: $61 million
Web site: www.princeinc.com
48. Waterford Companies
Home builder, land development, commercial and industrial development
Chief Executive: Michael W. Miller
Annual Sales: $60 million
Web site: www.waterfordcompanies.com, www.waterfrontvenice.com
49. Sarasota Kennel Club
Chief Executives: Jack Collins Sr. and Jack Collins Jr.
Annual Sales: $56.5 million
Web site: www.sarasotakennelclub.com
Gives more than $50,000 to local charities every year.
50. Eaton Aerospace (Manatee)
Electrical power and load management systems for aerospace applications
Plant Manager: Matt Taylor
Annual Sales: Estimated, $56 million
Employees: Estimated, 340
Founded: 1893; 1978 in Manatee
Web site: www.eaton.com
Stock Symbol: NASDAQ: ETN
51. Kraft Construction Company, Inc.
Management firm specializing in high-rise condominiums, education, medical, government and commercial construction
Chief Executive: F. Fred Pezeshkan
Annual Sales: $53.1 million
Web site: www.kraftconstruction.com
Currently constructing The Plaza at Five Points.
52. R.E. Crawford Construction
Chief Executives: Robert E. Crawford and Jeffrey T. Smith
Annual Sales: $52.3 million
Web site: www.recrawford.com
Ranked No. 30 among national retail contractors by Retail Construction magazine.
53. C & D Fruit & Vegetable Co. (Manatee)
Grower, packer, shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables
Chief Executive: Thomas O'Brien
Annual Sales: $51 million
Web site: www.cdveg.com
Member of Red Book, Blue Book and Gold Circle produce marketing.
54. Scott Paint Company
Manufactures, wholesales and retails paints and coatings
President: Doug Ramer
Annual Sales: Estimated, $50 million-plus
(Estimated, $50 million-plus)
Employees: Estimated, 160
Web site: www.scottpaint.com
55. Outsource America, Inc. (Manatee)
Data processing service
President: Richard Lane
Annual Sales: Estimated, $50 million
Employees: Estimated, 225
56. First Watch Restaurants
Breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant
Chief Executive: Kenneth L. Pendery Jr.
Annual Sales: $48 million
Web site: www.firstwatch.com
First Watch operates more than 50 restaurants in eight states.
57. Florikan E.S.A.
Environmentally safe agricultural, horticultural and home-gardening products
Chief Executives: Ed and Betty Rosenthal
Annual Sales: Estimated, $48 million
(Estimated, $46 million)
Web site: www.plantadvice.com
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. Winner of the National Society of Professional Engineers' most innovative product in the U.S. 2004; winner of the American Nursery Landscaping Association's National Allied Association award 2004.
58. 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: Estimated, $47.9 million
Employees: Estimated, 150
Web site: www.comdial.com
Stock Symbol: OTC: CMDZ
59. Teltronics, Inc. (Manatee)
Manufactures digital switching systems, including VOIP, 911 emergency response systems, software, hardware to monitor data/voice communications and customer management systems
Chief Executive: Ewen R. Cameron
Annual Sales: $46.9 million
Web site: www.teltronics.com
Stock Symbol: OTCBB: TELT
Named to the Tampa Bay Technology Fast 50 for 1998, 2000 and 2002. Recognized by the Manatee County Economic Development Council as Industry of the Year in 2001 for technology achievement and in 2003 for workforce initiatives. Named one of the top 50 businesses in the area. Member of the Manatee and Sarasota chambers of commerce.
60. Swanson Services Corp.
Commissary services for correctional facilities, convenience stores and retail
Chief Executive: Charles L. Swanson Jr.
Annual Sales: Estimated, $46.1 million
(Estimated, $45.5 million)
Employees: Estimated, 300
Web site: www.swansons.net
61. Crest Cadillac Co., Inc.
New and used automobiles, retail
President: Robert Geyer
Annual Sales: Estimated, $46 million
Employees: Estimated, 85
62. Englewood Community Hospital
Chief Executive: Robert C. Meade
Annual Sales: $45 million
Web site: www.englewoodcommunityhospital.com
The only hospital in southwest Florida to have a nationally accredited chest pain center.
63. Trilectron Industries, Inc. (an ITW company) (Manatee)
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, $42 million-plus
(Estimated, $41 million)
Employees: Estimated, 100
Web site: www.trilectron.com
64. Pruett Builders, Inc.
Design/build custom home builder specializing in the luxury residential market from $700,000 up
Chief Executive: Brian J. Pruett
Annual Sales: $42 million
Web site: www.pruettbuilders.com
Won a "Best in American Living Award" for Best Home Design; won four "National Energy Value" gold medals for energy efficiency; has won 31 Aurora Awards from the Southeast Builders Conference; builder of the American Lung Association Health House of Florida. Named "Best of the Best" by the Southeast Builders Association.
65. American Marine Holdings, Inc. (Manatee)
Parent company to Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats
Chief Executive: Lee Kimmell
Annual Sales: Estimated, $41.9 million
Employees: Estimated, 450
Web site: www.donzimarine.com, www.pro-lineboats.com
66. Darby Automotive, Inc.
New and used automobiles, retail and auto repair
Chief Executive: C.C. Darby III
Annual Sales: Estimated, $41.8 million
Employees: Estimated, 150
67. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota
Rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services
Chief Executive: Margaret A. Holloway
Annual Sales: Estimated, $40.7 million
Web site: www.healthsouth.com
Stock Symbol: OTC: HLSH
The only freestanding rehabilitation hospital on Florida's west coast with three outpatient therapy centers.
68. Carter Grandle (Manatee)
Manufactures casual furniture, replacement cushions and umbrellas
Chief Executive: Webb G. Carter
Annual Sales: Estimated, $40 million
(Estimated, $40 million)
Web site: www.cartergrandle.com
69. Chris-Craft Corporation
Manufacturer and marketer of premium boats and yachts
Chief Executive: Stephen F. Meese
Annual Sales: $40 million
Founded: 1874 (incorporated 2001)
Web site: www.chriscraft.com
70. Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc.
General contractors/construction managers
Chief Executive: Philip A. Kellogg
Annual Sales: $40 million
Web site: www.kelloggkimsey.com
Local projects include both the Beach Club and the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; Sam Snead's Tavern; Fleming's Steakhouse; and several multifamily buildings including San Marco condominiums, national commercial clients like Barnes and Noble, Best Buy and Outback Steakhouse. Active supporter of the YMCA Renaissance Ranch.
71. M. Pete McNabb, Inc.
Franchised home builder for Arthur Rutenberg Homes
Chief Executive: Pete McNabb
Annual Sales: $40 million
Web site: www.arhomes.com
Recipient of Arthur Rutenberg Homes' 2004 Gold Cup Award for highest customer satisfaction.
72. Westra Construction Corp. (Manatee)
Underground water and sewer utility contractor, wastewater treatment plants
Chief Executive: Kenneth Beukema
Annual Sales: $40 million
73. Woodruff & Sons, Inc. (Manatee)
Underground utility construction
President: Roy J. Woodruff
Annual Sales: $39.8 million
Employees: Estimated, 250
Web site: ww.woodruffandsons.com
74. Forest Products Supply, Inc.
Manufactures architectural mill work, trusses, pre-hung door products supplier, lumber-related building materials, windows and hollow metal doors
COO: Larry Smart
Annual Sales: Estimated, $39.7 million
(Estimated, $43 million)
Employees: Estimated, 300
Web site: www.forest-products.com
75. Southern Agricultural Insecticides (Manatee)
Formulates and distributes lawn and garden and agricultural chemicals
President: John R. Diem
Annual Sales: Estimated, $38.2 million
Employees: Estimated, 80
Web site: www.southernag.com
76. Zirkelbach Construction (Manatee)
General contractors, engineers, design and build
Chief Executive: Alan Zirkelbach
Annual Sales: $37.8 million
Web site: www.zirkelbach.com
77. Kimal Lumber Co.
Door manufacturer and retailer of building materials and trusses
Chief Executive: Al E. Bavry
Annual Sales: $37.5 million
Web site: www.kimallumber.com
Built new engineered products division on property off River Road in 40,000-square-foot expansion.
78. Charter One Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
Hotel management company
Chief Executives: John W. Balliett and Jim Popielinski
Annual Sales: $37.2 million
Web site: www.charteronehotels.com
79. Mike Carter Construction (Manatee)
Design/build firm and commercial construction
Chief Executive: Mike Carter
Annual Sales: Estimated, $35.4 million
Employees: Estimated, 50
Web site: www.carterconst.com
80. Re/Max Properties
Full-service real estate company
Chief Executive: Peter Crowley
Annual Sales: Estimated, $35.2 million (commissions, rite?)
Employees: 310 associates, 24 employees
Web site: www.homes-fl.com
Family owned and managed, serving Englewood to Parrish, this is the No. 1 Re/Max sales office in Florida for the past 12 years and the largest individual office in the world.
81. McIntyre Elwell & Strammer General Contractors, Inc.
Commercial building specialists
Chief Executive: John A. McIntyre
Annual Sales: Estimated, $35 million
Builds churches, elderly housing, offices, schools, manufacturing and retail throughout Florida.
82. DeSears Appliance & Home Entertainment (Manatee)
Retail appliances, electronics, furniture, mattresses, home accessories
Chief Executive: John L. Rice
Annual Sales: $35 million
Web site: www.desears.com
83. 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: $34.5 million
Web site: www.ndr.com
Company officers are frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's and CNBC, 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.
84. Sandcastles of Sarasota/ML Collingwood
Builders and developers of upscale homes
Chief Executives: Margo Bohaty and Phil Chmieleski
Annual Sales: $33 million
Web site: www.mlcollingwood.com and www.sandcastlesofsarasota.com
Sandcastles and ML Collingwood merged in October 2004.
85. Halfacre Construction Co.
Design/build, construction management and general contracting
Chief Executive: John J. Cox III
Annual Sales: $32 million
Web site: www.halfacreconstruction.com
86. Unisource Administrators, Inc.
Workers compensation insurance pr