Inc. magazine’s 5000 list recognized six local companies for being among “the fastest-growing private companies in America.” One of them, San Luis Obispo-based Land Gorilla, even made the Inc. 500 list, which ranks the first 500 companies from the magazine’s big list.
New York-based Inc. ranks businesses according to the percentage growth of their annual revenue over a three-year period, based on revenues from 2012 and 2015.
Companies apply to be considered for the annual lists. The Inc. 500 appears in the magazine’s September issue, while the 5000 list is online only at www.inc.com.
Here are the local firms listed, along with their reported revenue:
▪ No. 230: Land Gorilla in San Luis Obispo
Makes software that helps construction lending and protects involved parties from risks of traditional loan management practices. The company reported $4.5 million in revenue in 2015, up 1,726 percent from 2012. Founded in 2010, the company was honored for being No. 10 in the ranking of top construction companies.
▪ No. 649: Hathway in San Luis Obispo
Specializes in taking disconnected, unoptimized digital properties — web, mobile, intranet, displays — and turning them into an integrated service. The firm reported $8.4 million in revenue in 2015, up 602 percent from 2012. Founded in 2008, the firm ranked No. 636 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list and 601 on the 2014 list.
▪ No 712: A.M. Sun Solar in Atascadero
Designs and installs cost-effective solar energy systems for residential, agriculture and commercial clients. Founded in 2012, the company reported $3.6 million in revenue in 2015, up 552 percent from 2012. It was ranked No. 22 among top energy companies.
▪ No. 2,233: Water Systems Consulting in San Luis Obispo
Specializes in planning, design, evaluation and optimization of municipal drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and water resources. Founded in 2007, the civil and environmental engineering firm reported $4.8 million in revenue in 2015, up 163 percent from 2012. It was ranked No. 2054 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list.
▪ No. 3,234: Meathead Movers in San Luis Obispo
Provides professional services for both local and long-distance moves with a focus on employing student-athletes. The firm reported $11.7 million in revenue in 2015, up 103 percent from 2012. Founded in 1997, the firm has previously been ranked four times on the list. This year it also received a special five-time Inc. 5000 honor.
▪ No. 3,929: IQMS in Paso Robles
Designs and develops manufacturing and planning software. Founded in 1989, the firm reported $44.6 million in revenue in 2015, up 75 percent from 2012. IQMS, which has previously been ranked five times on the list, also is a five-time Inc. 5000 honoree.
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