Missouri company moves up in Inc. 5000 list
October 19, 2011
SSE, does the name sound vaguely familiar? SSE, or Schultz and Summers Engineering, a Missouri-based engineering company founded by Stan Schultz with offices in Poplar Bluff, Branson and Lake Ozark, has been named to the No. 1613 position on Inc. magazine's list of the nation's 5000 fastest growing private companies with a three-year sales growth of 169%.

"It is an honor to go from #3832 last year to #1613 this year," said owner Bob Summers. "SSE has gone from a small company with a handful of employees in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to a growing operation providing engineering services in seven different states throughout the Midwest."

Providing drinking water and sewer services to over 47 communities in Missouri, SSE to date has helped them obtain over $90,000,000 in public funding. SSE, a Hub-Zone certified company, has set up several large scale state-of-the-art US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) validated testing labs and is one of the select companies that has been approved for a Blanket Purchase Agreement with USACE. SSE also has provided surveying services to a variety of clients including electric utilities, MoDOT, USACE, cities, large corporations, small businesses and private individuals.

Creating 35 jobs over the past three years, SSE was the 18th fastest growing Missouri company and 25th fastest growing engineering company on the 2011 Inc. 5000 list. The company has been ranked by Inc. 5000 three times since 2003.

Topping the 2011 Inc. 5000 is online retailer Ideeli. Others featured in the rankings include Spirit Airlines, television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, Dunkin Donuts and Metrokane, makers of the Rabbit corkscrew.

According to an Inc. announcement, in spite of a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains at an impressive 94 percent. The companies on this year's list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14 percent from last year.

"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is," Inc. magazine Editor Jane Berentson said.

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