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Leading Private Companies: No. 1 — Ergon Inc.

$3.1 Billion (Last year No. 1) Headquartered in Jackson, Ergon Inc. and its subsidiaries of petroleum-related enterprises began in 1954 when its chairman, Leslie B. Lampton, founded Lampton Oil Company. Ergon started as a petroleum retailer with only two employees and has evolved into a network of market-leading companies employing nearly 3,000 people. The Mississippi Business Journal estimates the company ...

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Leading Private Companies: No. 2 — The Yates Companies Inc.

$1.3 Billion (Last year No. 2) William Gully Yates and William Gully Yates Jr. of Philadelphia, Miss., founded W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company in 1963. That company has grown into a business with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. The Yates Companies Inc. comprises the original construction division and five subsidiaries: > Blaine Construction Corporation — Knoxville, Tenn. ...

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Leading Private Companies: No. 3 — Howard Industries Inc.

$900 Million (Last year No. 3) Established in 1968, Howard Industries has grown to become a billion-dollar company with sales in 120 foreign countries. Howard Industries manufactures and sells distribution and power transformers, regulators, ballast, indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, lamp bulbs and over 190,000 electronic and computer products. Howard also has a transportation company. CEO and chairman of the ...

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Leading Private Companies: No. 4 — Staplcotn

$625 Million (Last year No. 5) Formed in 1921 with the name Staple Cotton Cooperative Association, Staplcotn was a response to marketing problems experienced by Mississippi Delta cotton farmers. Based in Greenwood, formerly known as the Cotton Capital of the World, Staplcotn is the oldest and one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States. Staplcotn has experienced ...

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Leading Private Companies: No. 5 — Stuart C. Irby Company

$612 Million Founded in 1926 by Mississippian Stuart C. Irby, the Stuart C. Irby Co. is an electrical distributor with a goal of developing high-value relationships with customers, saving them money and helping them avoid low-bid relationships with multiple vendors. Irby distributes some 45,000 electrical products to electrical utilities, industrial customers and commercial builders from locations in about 20 states ...

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Godwin relies on experience, adaptation

Middle of the Pack snapshot: No. 87 Handling public affairs like their own is what group has historically been known for With 73 years of experience in advertising, GodwinGroup stays ahead of the curve by providing sophisticated services while adapting to the evolving digital marketing world. “The secret to our success is our being able to adapt,” said Philip Shirley, ...

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