Posts Tagged ‘Fast 40’

The Merchants Company

by Amy McCullough Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Fast 40, The Merchants Company

The Merchants Company was founded in Hattiesburg in 1904, by a small group of lumber mill owners as a commissary for their lumber operations. The company now has 585 employees, more than 300 of which are employed in Mississippi. Merchants is one of the nation’s fastest growing broad-line food service distributors, serving 10 southeastern states […] [...]

Camellia Home Health & Hospice

by Nash Nunnery Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Camellia Home Health & Hospice, Fast 40

When W.A. Payne was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1974, he leased a one-room office in Hattiesburg to provide home health services in South Mississippi. From those humble beginnings, Camellia Home Health and Hospice was launched and now boasts 16 home health locations covering 30 counties in Mississippi, five Louisiana parishes […] [...]

Cobb Environmental and Technical Services

by Nash Nunnery Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Cobb Environmental and Technical Services, Fast 40

With a $40,000 small business loan, Brian Cobb opened Cobb Environmental & Technical Services (CETS) after getting some unsolicited advice from his father. After working for one of the nation’s leading independent petroleum retailers as an environmental and construction manager for over 20 years, Cobb was at a crossroads when his dad, Jim, suggested he […] [...]

Blacklidge Emulsions Inc.

by Nash Nunnery Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Blacklidge Emulsions Inc., Fast 40

Ronald Blacklidge had a vision. After years of owning various water and sewer companies, he set forth in motion a plan to produce high-quality asphalt emulsions, crumb rubber and polymer modified asphalt cements, sealcoats and cold applied coatings. Blacklidge’s vision turned into reality when he founded Blacklidge Emulsions Inc. “We’ve experienced a rapid growth since […] [...]

Mississippi Health Partners

by Amy McCullough Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Fast 40, Mississippi Health Partners

Mississippi Health Partners was founded in 1993 by leaders of Baptist Medical Center and St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson as a response to community need. MHP now has managed care contracts covering nearly 122,000 lives. Mississippi Health Partners is a managed care organization committed to providing access to quality healthcare at lower costs for […] [...]

Jones Lumbar Company Inc.

by Nash Nunnery Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Fast 40, Jones Lumbar Company Inc.

When Lloyd Jones began his lumber business in 1949, he started with one tiny sawmill and a logging crew.  From those humble beginnings, Jones began to grow the business one sawmill at a time while becoming involved in other areas of the timber industry. Today, Jones Lumber Company exemplifies the benefits of diversification and self-sufficiency […] [...]

Spinal USA

by Clay Chandler Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Fast 40, Spinal USA

Spinal USA started operating in 2003 out of a bedroom with the idea of becoming a medical device company that made and sold its own products. In March 2005, Spinal USA was distributing medical devices and developing its own line of products. That’s when Spinal USA president Jeffrey Johnson partnered with Dr. Pat Barrett, an […] [...]

Jackson/Newell Paper Companies

by Stephen McDill Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Fast 40, Jackson/Newell Paper Companies

The good folks at Jackson/Newell Paper Company say they feel that the future is very bright for their company and for their product. Propelled by a vision to continue to grow by increasing sales to existing customers, winning new customers and acquiring competitive firms, Jackson/Newell says that taking care of the customer is their key […] [...]

Ross & Yerger Insurance Inc.

by Stephen McDill Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Fast 40, Ross & Yerger Insurance Inc

Started in Jackson a year before the Civil War and bought by two young and ambitious businessmen in 1892, Ross & Yerger Insurance Inc. continues to operate under its founding principals of integrity, enthusiasm and quality. Keeping their business afloat in the by-gone era of yellow fever epidemics and telegraph lines was no easy task […] [...]

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

by Wally Northway Published: November 30,2009

Tags: Fast 40, The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint

The brother-and-sister team of Brad Orrison and Brooke Lewis were enjoying one of those rarities in the restaurant business — a runaway success. In 2001, they had opened The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and immediately made a splash with their award-winning food, music and quirky, junk-decorated ambiance. Four years […] [...]

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