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Sensatronics, LLC Ranks No. 3,501 on the 2009 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 69.4%


Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Inc. magazine today ranked Sensatronics NO. 3,501 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy -- America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Consumer electronics maker Vizio, Internet giant GoDaddy, rental car service Zipcar, and beverage maker Honest Tea are among the prominent brands featured on this year's list.

"Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate," said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. "That's why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year."

Founded in 2001, Sensatronics is a leading source for temperature and environmental monitoring products for the IT industry. Sensatronics devices protect valuable IT equipment and the data stored in that equipment in data centers and server rooms around the world. For more information, visit the Sensatronics website at or call (800) 633-1033.

The 2009 Inc. 5000, unveiled today on, serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on

This year's list also offers a preview of which industries are poised for growth in coming years. With an average growth rate of 667 percent, Insurance ranked as the top industry overall. Government Services was the top industry gainer with 252 companies on this year's list, up from 135 last year. Health is the top industry by both total revenue ($22.7 billion) and total employment (156,223 jobs).

The Hottest Regions for Fast-Growing Companies

Once again, California tops the Inc. 5000 with the most companies of any state with 612. The Golden State is followed by Texas (393), New York (316), Florida (263), and Virginia (261). All 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, are represented on this year's list.

New York boasts 371 Inc. 5000 companies, making it the top metropolitan area, followed by Washington, D.C. (317), Los Angeles (253), Atlanta (209), and Chicago (203).

The Inc. 5000 at a Glance

Bolstered by this year's No. 1 company, Northern Capital Insurance, Insurance emerged as the top industry, with an average growth rate of 667 percent. Other strong performers include Energy (523 percent) and Government Services (491 percent).

In total, the companies on the Inc. 5000 have created more than 1 million jobs. Health is the top employer with 156,223 jobs, followed by Business Products & Services (122,911), IT Services (89,632), Food & Beverage (86,572), and Construction (65,494).

IT Services had the most companies on this year's list with 658, followed by Business Products & Services (502), Advertising & Marketing (398), Construction (354), and Manufacturing (342).

Topping this year's list is Northern Capital Insurance, a Miami-based firm that is helping to revolutionize Florida's ailing insurance industry. The company generated $95 million in revenue in 2008 and an impressive three-year growth rate of 19,812 percent.

The top woman-owned company is P3S (No. 17 overall), a San Antonio-based firm that provides IT network security and physical security services, mostly to the Defense Department. P3S, owned by Mary Ellen Trevino, recorded revenue of $13.5 million in 2008 and a three-year growth rate of 5,898 percent. The top minority-owned company is Harley Stanfield (No. 3 overall), a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment firm that buys existing properties, makes them energy efficient, and then resells them as investment properties. Harley Stanfield, founded by Cedric Franklin, posted revenue of $38.4 million in 2008 and a three-year growth rate of 13,350 percent.

The Inc. 5000 posted an aggregate revenue of $214 billion in 2008, up nearly 16 percent from the previous year. The top five industries by total revenue include Health ($22.7 billion), Business Products & Services ($19.6 billion), Construction ($18.8 billion), Energy ($14.7 billion), and IT Services ($13.2 billion).

The Top 10 Inc. 5000 Companies Ranked by Growth


                        Year  Revenue  2008
  Rank  Company   Location   Industry Founded Growth  Revenue
  ----  -------   --------   -------- ------- ------  -------
  No. 1 Northern  Miami    Insurance  2003 19,812.2% $95 million
  No. 2 National  San Juan   Financial  2003 13,416.4% $47.4 million
      Retirement Capistrano, Services
      Partners  California
  No. 3 Harley   Washington, Real Estate 2003 13,350.3% $38.4 million
      Stanfield  D.C.
  No. 4 Perfect   Mill Valley, Consumer  2002 12,749.3% $63.5 million
      Fitness   California  Products &
  No. 5 IntegraClick Sarasota,  Advertising 2002 12,654.4% $96.4 million
             Florida  & Marketing
  No. 6 Kiva     Woburn,   Logistics & 2003 10,399%  $21.4 million
      Systems   Massachu-  Transport-
             setts    ation
  No. 7 Freedom   Tampa    Insurance  2004 10,035.3% $182.8 million
  No. 8 One     Dallas   Advertising 2000 9,946.4% $50.7 million
      Technologies      & Marketing
  No. 9 MediaTrust  New York  Advertising 2004 9,481.1% $38.3 million
             City    & Marketing
  No. 10 Criterion  Vienna,   Government 2005 8,433.7% $20.3 million
      Systems   Virginia   Services

The Top 10 Inc. 5000 Companies Ranked by Total Revenue


   Rank  Company     Location    Industry       2008 Revenue
  ------- -------     --------    --------       ------------
  No. 4606 Hy-Vee     West Des    Food & Beverage   $6.2 billion
               Moines, Iowa
  No. 3304 CH2M Hill    Englewood,   Engineering     $5.6 billion
  No. 826 Maxum Petroleum Old Greenwich, Energy        $4.9 billion
  No. 1178 Lansing Trade  Overland Park, Business Products  $4.4 billion
       Group      Kansas     & Services
  No. 1710 Medical     Baton Rouge,  Health        $4.4 billion
       Management   Louisiana
  No. 4445 Kingston    Fountain    Computer Hardware  $4 billion
       Technology   Valley,
  No. 3771 Brightstar   Miami     Telecommunications  $3.6 billion
  No. 3474 CoBank     Greenwood   Financial      $2.6 billion
               Village,    Services
  No. 4219 Cooper-Standard Novi, Michigan Manufacturing    $2.6 billion
  No. 4288 IASIS      Franklin,   Health        $2.1 billion
       Healthcare   Tennessee



The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million. The top 10 percent of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500, now in its 28th year.

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