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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 2011 Mississippi 100 for the ...

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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 mover in the Mississippi Business ...

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KLLM remains Top 100 mainstay by finding new revenue streams

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, CEO of the Jackson-based trucking ...

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

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 board chairman. “It did seem ...

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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 and said, “Oh, I have ...

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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 workforce or shut down some ...

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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 is Staplcotn moved up one ...

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There are many reasons for not being 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 year to Ridgeland-based SouthGroup Insurance ...

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Read the 2011 Mississippi 100 special issue of the MBJ online

The 2011 Mississippi 100, the state’s only ranking of Mississippi private companies, is available now. Find out if the top five revenue producers from the 2010 list are the same. Also see which companies are making their first appearance on the list and which one’s made the biggest jumps. Flip through the digital version below: [iframe src=’http://www.pageturnpro.com/MBJ/32080-MBJ_October18Miss100-2011/index.html’ width=’620′ height=’460′ frameborder=’0′ ...

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