Archive for the ‘Mississippi 100 Private Companies’ Category

First time companies to Miss 100

Harriette Stevens says it’s a high honor to be included on the Mississippi 100. The general manager of Southaven’s Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership said a lot of work by the company helped it make the highly anticipated private companies list. “(Our owner) Lisa Wade works seven days a week,” Stevens said. Southern Thunder has […] [...]

Private business facing another year of cloudy fiscal outlook

It’s often been said it takes a lean dog to run a long race. And with that in mind, staying lean is a likely survival strategy for Mississippi’s private businesses heading into 2013. Even companies with fat cash reserves are keeping lean, preferring to horde their money until signs of an economic turnaround become clearer. […] [...]

Some make first appearance

This year’s Mississippi 100 has many companies that are “veterans” of the ranking, all very familiar to regular followers of the Mississippi 100. However, each year a new crop appears on the list. Ronald Tubertini, president and CEO of Southgroup Insurance Services, was in Texas when he got the news that Southgroup had made the […] [...]

McAlister’s is this year’s biggest jumper

McAlister’s Deli started out in a converted gas station in Oxford in the early ‘90s, and has since grown into a powerhouse on the southeastern dining scene. The casual dining chain has opened 15 new locations in 2011, pushing its total number of locations over 300. That’s one reason why McAlister’s is this year’s biggest […] [...]

KLLM remains Top 100 mainstay by finding new revenue streams

by Published: October 16,2011

Tags: Jim Richards, KLLM, KLLM Transport Services, LLC, trucking

KLLM Transport Services, LLC has spent the past three years in the top 15 of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 100 list. The company has done it by adapting and diversifying. Two years ago, KLLM entered the intermodal market, putting its refrigerated trailers onto railcars, which offers a cheaper way to move freight. Jim Richard, […] [...]

Meredith Allen took over a year ago as CEO of Staplcotn, which is still the largest U.S. cotton marketing cooperative

by Published: October 16,2011

Tags: CEO, Meredith Allen, Staplcotn

Staplcotn President and CEO Meredith Allen has completed his first year leading the nation’s oldest cotton marketing cooperative which he says has been “Challenging, to say the least!” Allen, 59, took the reins of Staplcotn and Stapldiscount in September 2010, as Woods Eastland, with whom he had worked for more than 24 years, transitioned to […] [...]

Making of the Mississippi 100

Back in the early 1990s in an effort to improve the Mississippi 100 ranking of the state’s most successful private companies, a Mississippi Business Journal staffer went to the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson looking for research material. When asked for a good resource of privately held companies in the state, the librarian smiled broadly […] [...]

Finding upside in a down economy

A diverse lineup of companies navigated their way into this year’s Mississippi 100 listing. Some took well-traveled routes to reach the list while others found somewhat less conventional ways to get there. However, they all shared an inhospitable economic climate that added gravity to each decision and step along the way. Some Mississippi companies cut […] [...]

Still on top

While the 2011 version of the Mississippi 100 has many new names, the top five revenue-producers remain unchanged from 2010. The “big five” in order are Ergon Inc. of Jackson, The Yates Companies Inc. of Philadelphia, Staplcotn of Greenwood, Howard Industries Inc. of Laurel and Irby Company of Jackson. The only change from last year […] [...]

There are many reasons for not being on list

by Published: October 16,2011

Tags: bought out, Mississippi 100, name change, not on list

Every year new companies make the MBJ Top 100, and, for various reasons, others fall off. Two companies missing from the list this year are the Treutel Insurance Agency and the company formerly listed at Hudson Salvage Inc. The Treutel Insurance Agency of Bay St. Louis, which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary, was sold this […] [...]

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