Kirkland businesses honored for fast growth

Inc. Magazine ranked six Kirkland businesses in an annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Inc. 5000 list, published online by the New York City-based monthly magazine, is branded as the most comprehensive look at America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

  • Thursday, September 11, 2008 2:38pm
  • Business

Kirkland's information technology entrepreneurs do well in annual rating.

Inc. Magazine ranked six Kirkland businesses in an annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Inc. 5000 list, published online by the New York City-based monthly magazine, is branded as the most comprehensive look at America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

The list is ranked on a percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period. To qualify, companies must be U.S. based, privately held and able to show four full calendar years of sales.

Civil engineering and land use planning firm Blueline was rated Kirkland’s fastest growing company, ranked at number 613. With $3.6 million in sales and 24 employees, the company expanded an estimated 536 percent over three years. According to the magazine’s praise, the company “has remained profitable during a period where the national construction industry has experienced the lowest number of new home construction starts since the Great Depression.”

“We were a bit surprised (by the ranking),” said Blueline president Brian Darrow.

He credited the company’s reputation within their niche and the quality of the company’s recent hires.

“About 90 percent of our business is repeat business,” he said.

Also on the list from Kirkland were: IT firms Mantis Technology Group and Allyis; IT security company Certified Security Solutions; Insurance agency LTC Financial Partners; and professional staffing agency Chameleon Technologies.

The fastest growing company in Washington, according to Inc.’s rankings, was Bellevue-based Revel Consulting – a business management consulting firm. Over 50 companies around the Puget Sound also were ranked.

The Inc. 5000 companies that made the list reported an aggregate revenue of $185 billion and a median three-year growth of 147 percent, creating more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded.

Complete results of the list, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at the magazine’s Web site, www.inc5000.com.

Inc. Magazine ranked six Kirkland businesses in an annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The Inc. 5000 list, published online by the New York City-based monthly magazine, is branded as the most comprehensive look at America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

The list is ranked on a percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period. To qualify, companies must be U.S. based, privately held and able to show four full calendar years of sales.

Civil engineering and land use planning firm Blueline was rated Kirkland’s fastest growing company, ranked at number 613. With $3.6 million in sales and 24 employees, the company expanded an estimated 536 percent over three years. According to the magazine’s praise, the company “has remained profitable during a period where the national construction industry has experienced the lowest number of new home construction starts since the Great Depression.”

“We were a bit surprised (by the ranking),” said Blueline president Brian Darrow.

He credited the company’s reputation within their niche and the quality of the company’s recent hires.

“About 90 percent of our business is repeat business,” he said.

Also on the list from Kirkland were: IT firms Mantis Technology Group and Allyis; IT security company Certified Security Solutions; Insurance agency LTC Financial Partners; and professional staffing agency Chameleon Technologies.

The fastest growing company in Washington, according to Inc.’s rankings, was Bellevue-based Revel Consulting – a business management consulting firm. Over 50 companies around the Puget Sound also were ranked.

The Inc. 5000 companies that made the list reported an aggregate revenue of $185 billion and a median three-year growth of 147 percent, creating more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded.

Complete results of the list, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at the magazine’s Web site, www.inc5000.com.


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