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: