Home » EVENTS » Fast 40 (page 3)

Fast 40

Camellia Home Health & Hospice

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 and the six greater metropolitan ...

Read More »

Cobb Environmental and Technical Services

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 return to his native Northeast ...

Read More »

Blacklidge Emulsions Inc.

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 the early 2000s,” said Blacklidge ...

Read More »

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 employers and their employees. Mississippi ...

Read More »

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 in a niche industry. Based ...

Read More »

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 orthopedic spine surgeon in Jackson ...

Read More »

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 after opening, The Shed BBQ ...

Read More »

TempStaff

For TempStaff, winning awards has become as much a certainty as hot weather in July. The past couple years, the list of honors for the Jackson-based staffing service has included being named a finalist for the Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Award. The company was also named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s biannual Fast 40 list two years ago and has ...

Read More »

Metro Mechanical Inc.

Metro Mechanical Inc, founded in 1994 by brothers Rick and Frank White, initially worked on new commercial HVAC installations. Services now include commercial HVAC as well as mechanical piping, plumbing and energy management work. The company boasts a 90 percent rate of repeat client business as a testimony to customer satisfaction. The company is active in the retail, office, church, ...

Read More »

Kossen Equipment

From less than opulent beginnings, Kossen Equipment Co. has emerged as one of the leading distributors of emergency generators in the southeastern United States. In 1976, Tom Kossen launched the business with $5,000 and two employees when he obtained the Kohler distributorship rights for Mississippi. He had been involved with generators previously, both in installation supervision and sales, and Kossen ...

Read More »