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Top 100 2012: Fast facts

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Worley & Obetz Inc. reported $36 million in revenue and ranked No. 59 on the Business Journal’s first top private list in 2000. Its new ranking reflects a 12-year growth of 1,229 percent.

Schaedler Bros. Inc. began in 1924; what would become York Electric Supply Co. started 20 years later. They merged into Schaedler Yesco in 1999.


Over 20 years, Napa Transportation Inc. grew from four trucks to more than 300 trucks and 800 trailers.


Seven companies on the list saw their revenue increase by more than $50 million last year.


Construction and engineering companies make up more than one-third of the list.


John Gross & Co. Inc. got its start as a Maxwell House coffee distributor.


Twenty-eight of this year’s Top 250 companies were on the first Top Private list in 2000, including S&H Express Inc. (formerly ranked No. 79), G.R. Sponaugle & Sons Inc. (formerly No. 48) and James Craft & Son Inc. (formerly No. 94).


While JFC Staffing entities employ about 6,000 people at any one time, more than 8,000 midstaters worked for them during the past year.


Nine Top 250 companies, including ARM Group Inc., were founded in 1998, more than in any other single year.


The Top 250 companies are based in 107 municipalities in seven counties.


Arthur J. Glatfelter Agency Inc. has had an employee stock ownership plan in place for more than 25 years.


Bell & Evans began selling chicken in New York in the 1890s; Farmer’s Pride Inc. was incorporated in 1955.


Keystone Custom Homes Inc. built 204 homes last year and is the largest homebuilder on the Top 100.


D&H Distributing Co. Inc.’s revenue increased by $254 million between 2010 and 2011, the largest dollar increase reported by any company on the list.


Gannett Fleming Inc. reported 60 locations, making it the most dispersed company on the Top 100. Vibra Healthcare LLC comes in third with 49 locations.

Workforce statistics

• The midstate civilian workforce was made up of 909,800 residents as of June 2012, with a regional unemployment rate of 7.1 percent. The area was home to 767,905 jobs.


• Dauphin County had 127,800 employed residents and 176,007 people working in the county, the only local county with a greater number of jobs than employed residents.


• Of the 103,400 regional manufacturing jobs, 34.9 percent were in Lancaster County and an additional 31.6 percent were in York County.


• 15.5 percent of Perry County jobs, and only 8.4 percent of Dauphin County jobs, were in retail. The regional average was 11.9 percent.


• Less than 1 percent of midstate employees worked in real estate, while more than 13.5 percent were employed in manufacturing.


• Cumberland County had 16,025 distribution, logistics and warehousing jobs, 22.5 percent of those in the area overall.


• Lancaster County had 13,425 construction jobs, 37.5 percent of the region’s construction employment.


Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry as of June 2012

Top 10 companies reporting increased revenue year over year

D&H Distributing Co. Inc.: up $274 million

Sun Motor Cars Inc.: up $154.2 million

Worley & Obetz Inc.: up $123.6 million

Shipley Group: up $107.7 million

Utz Quality Foods Inc.: up $77 million

Rutter’s Holdings Inc.: up $55 million

Quandel Enterprises Inc.: up $50.8 million

Vibra Healthcare LLC: up $46.3 million

Rettew Associates Inc.: up $37.7 million

Benchmark Construction Co. Inc.: up $34.5 million

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