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5 Charlotte companies make Inc. 500 list

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@charlotteobserver.com
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Derek Piccola, art director and web designer for Cloudbilt, works on mapping software at Cloudbilt offices on Wednesday . Cloudbilt is included in a ranking of Inc.'s top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America. Out of that 5,000, five companies in Charlotte are listed in the top 500 companies growing the fastest. Cloudbilt is ranked as no. 227
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Cloudbilt is located at 3201 International Airport Drive in Charlotte.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Andy Fisher sales rep for Cloudbilt talks with coworker Tanner Cannon, right. Cannon is a sales engineer for Cloudbilt listed 227 among the 500 fastest growing private companies.
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Boxman Studios, founded in 2009, customizes shipping containers for events, tradeshows and buildings. It’s the highest-ranking Charlotte company on this year’s Inc. 500, a widely watched annual list of the fastest-growing private U.S. companies.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Andy Fisher sales rep for Cloudbilt on the phone at Cloudbilt offices on Wednesday Aug. 20,2014. Cloudbilt is included in a ranking of Inc.'s top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America. Out of that 5,000, five companies in Charlotte are listed in the top 500 companies growing the fastest. Cloudbilt is ranked as no. 227

A maker of touchscreen technology, an aviation staffing agency and a company that makes applications for cloud mapping are among five Charlotte companies that made the Inc. 500, a widely watched annual ranking of the fastest-growing private U.S. companies.

The highest-ranking Charlotte company on Inc. magazine’s 2014 list is Boxman Studios, which retrofits unused shipping containers into hospitality units that can be used for trade shows and vendors. It ranked No. 120 on the list.

Each year the magazine releases a list of the 5,000 fastest-growing U.S. private companies, ranking them by three-year revenue growth. Of that 5,000, the top 500 companies are also recognized.

Boxman, founded in 2009, has added 40 jobs since it started and generated $4.3 million in revenue last year, compared with $136,194. That’s a three-year growth rate of more than 3,000 percent.

“It’s not about the fact that we made (the list),” CEO David Campbell told the Observer. “It’s about surrounding yourself with the best people you can and doing the best you can.”

The company’s philosophy to improve products through change, not maintenance, has bolstered its popularity with clients, he said. Plans for Boxman include expanding into both national and international regions, and developing new product lines.

Other Charlotte companies included in the top 500:

• Cloudbilt (No. 227), which makes apps for companies that use Salesforce.com, a global cloud computing company. Cloudbilt generated $4 million in revenue last year, compared with $194,521 in 2010. CEO John Stewart credits company growth in part to its partnership with Salesforce.com, allowing the firm to develop a customer list that “reads like a who’s who” of big businesses.

• Titan Electric Co. (No. 390), an electrical contractor that undertakes multifamily and student housing projects, and attributes its growth to maintaining connections with out-of-state and in-state clients. The company earned $10.9 million in revenue last year, up from $843,773 in 2010, and added 83 jobs over the last three years.

• In-Flight Crew Connections (No. 450), an aviation staffing agency that provides companies and individual plane owners with flight attendants, flight mechanics and pilots. In-Flight Crew Connections made $9.3 million in revenue last year, up from $831,690 in 2010, and added 399 jobs between 2010 and 2013.

• T1Visions, (No. 456), which makes touchscreen hardware and software products for public use, including touch chalkboards and menus. T1Visions generated $2.4 million in revenue last year, up from $212,000 in 2010. CEO Mike Feldman said the company capitalized on growing demand for touch technology and works with individual companies to launch touchscreens.

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