15 East Tennessee companies made this national 'fastest-growing' list

Fifteen East Tennessee firms are among the fastest-growing companies in America, according to the annual Inc. 5000 list released. 

For the second year in a row, manufacturing firm RDI Technologies is the top East Tennessee company on the list.

And Kodak-based KaTom Restaurant Supply, ranked No. 3,623 and reporting three-year growth of 101%, has made the list for the 12th year in a row.

The 2019 list included 11 area business, up from 10 in 2018.

Top East Tennessee businesses on Inc. 5000

RDI Technologies, headquartered in Cedar Bluff, ranked No. 301 with a reported three-year growth of 1,499%. The company, which sells cameras and lenses that can measure motion not visible to the human eye, was founded in 2013 and is led by Jeff Hay. This is its second year on the list; it ranked No. 33 in 2019.

Karen Coffey Coaching, which offers real estate coaching services to agents and brokers, ranked No. 369 on this year's list. Founded in 2015, the firm reported three-year growth of 1,236%. This is the company's first appearance on the list.

One other East Tennessee company made the top 1,000: Gym consulting firm Arsenal Strength ranked No. 897 and reported 521% growth over three years. Last year the company, founded in 2014 and headquartered in Hardin Valley, ranked No. 144.

Firms outside Knoxville

ONE Business Solutions, based in Seymour, debuted on the list at No. 1,711. Founded in 2014 and led by Janet Livingston, the call center and business services firm reported 250% growth over three years.

Oak Ridge's Boston Government Services ranked No. 2,104 this year and reported 199% growth over three years. The cybersecurity and IT firm debuted on the list in 2019.

Ranked No. 2,350, Crown Laboratories in Johnson City reported 177% growth over three years. The prescription and non-prescription drug producer was founded in 2000 and is led by Jeff Bedard. This is the company's seventh appearance on the Inc. list.

Gatlinburg's Ole Smoky Distillery appeared on the list for the first time, ranked at No. 4,302. The craft distiller, founded in 2010 and led by Robert Hall, reported three-year growth of 78%.

ICC International, which manufactures commutators and slip rings for industrial applications, made its first appearance on the list at No. 4,917. Founded in 1983, the Maryville-based firm is led by Laura Lyke and reported three-year growth of 57%.

Other Knoxville firms made the Inc. 5000 list

Ranked No. 1,895, newcomer RCN Technologies reported 223% growth over three years. The IT management company was founded in 2013 and is led by Jennifer Yearack.

Logistics and transportation company Axle Logistics ranked No. 2,122; this is its fifth appearance on the list. Founded in 2012 and led by Jonathan Clay, the firm reported 198% growth over three years.

K & P Enterprises, which does home organization and cabinet refacing for 73 Home Depot stores, ranked No. 2,143 on this year's list. Founded in 2012 and led by Kenneth Baer, the company reported 196% growth over three years. This is its fourth consecutive appearance on the list.

Priority Ambulance is led by Bryan Gibson and reported 184% growth over a three-year period.

On its third appearance, Priority Ambulance ranked No. 2,277. The paramedic, nursing and support team staffing company is led by Bryan Gibson and reported 184% growth over a three-year period. 

Mac's Pharmacy #2 ranked No. 2,875 on this year's list. The Powell-based company reported 138% growth over three years. It was founded in 2012 and is led by Michael Wilhoit. This is the company's fourth appearance on the list.

Custom mechanical contracting company FourSeasons debuted on the list at No. 4,122. Led by Milton Guignard and founded in 1927, FourSeasons reported three-year growth of 83%.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel, by Brenna McDermott

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Published August 20, 2020