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Top Private Companies

Doing what they’ve always done

A look at Mississippi’s top five earning companies

Oil, construction, lighting, electronics and cotton. These are the biggest industries in Mississippi for privately held companies, and you can read more about these across the nest several pages.

The Top 5 revenue-producing companies have been doing what they do for a long time, and it shows. The youngest company is No. 3, Howard Industries Inc., which is more than 40 years old. Like Howard, The Yates Companies Inc. at No. 2 was also founded in the 1960s. Both Staplcotn (No. 4), and Stuart C. Irby Co. (No. 5) began in the 1920s. And Ergon Inc., Mississippi’s No. 1 privately held company, began in 1954.

Leading Private Companies: No. 1 — Ergon Inc.

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

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

Leading Private Companies: No. 4 — Staplcotn

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

Middle of the Pack snapshot: No. 87 — GodwinGroup

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