Inc places five PR firms in top 500 fastest-growers

BOSTON: Five PR firms have made the Inc magazine annual 500 list of

fastest-growing privately owned companies.



The list, released last week, is dominated by service firms that were

the main beneficiaries of the internet boom.The list was started in

1982, and is intended to highlight the nation's most entrepreneurial

companies.



Among the top-ranking PR firms are Strategy Associates, which ranked

highest, at number 218. Others included PepperCom at 233, Springbok

Technologies at 311, Metzger Associates at 434, and Pier-point

Communications at 467.



James Clark, president of Metzger Associates, said, "We had submitted

our clients and thought we could make it too." The firm achieved 677%

growth over the past five years, with revenues of $3.4 million in

2000.



The number-one company, High Point Solutions of New Jersey, achieved

huge growth selling hardware for computer networks. The company grew

30,000% in the past five years from $200,000 in revenue in 1996

to $60 million in 2000.



Metzger's Clark explained that because the list reflects companies' 2000

figures, many of the same companies might not be mentioned next

year.



Clark projected that biotech and security firms might dominate next

year's list.



Inc editor-in-chief George Gendron said in a release, "The Inc 500 gives

America a window on the future - which companies will be the Microsofts

and Timberlands of tomorrow."



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