Four East Valley companies fared well on Fortune magazine’s 16th annual list of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies.
Scottsdale-based Capital Title Group, which offers services real estate services to residential and commercial customers, ranked 21st.
Capital, which employs 270 in the Valley, was the fastest growing title company in the nation with revenue growth of 87 percent between June 30, 2001 and June 30, 2004.
Newark-Calif.-based InVision Technologies, producer of airport X-ray machines, topped the list for second consecutive year.
Other Valley firms to make the rankings were east Phoenix-based Apollo Group, whi ch ranked 47th, Scottsdale-based homebuilder Meritage at 51st and Scottsdale’s P.F. Chang’s China Bistro ranked 87th.
To compile the 2004 list, Fortune asked Zacks Investment Research to find U.S. companies with a minimum market cap of $50 million, at least $50 million in revenue over the past four quarters, and at least 20 percent annual growth in sales and earnings over the past three years. The magazine then factored in total stock market return to come up with the final list.
UP ALL NIGHT
Employees at one of of Scottsdale’s advertising firms have a long night ahead of them.
One Advertising & Design says its entire staff will stay up for 24 hours straight on Sept. 30 to produce pro bono creative services for local charities.
The eye-opening blitz is part of the Third Annual CreateAThon, a nationwide effort by more than 28 advertising and marketing agencies around the country dedicated to providing nonprofit organizations with the marketing materials necessary to fulfill their charitable missions.
"We are more than happy to forego a little sleep to help those who are in need," said Kim Wilhelm, company president. Employees will develop and design brochures, direct mail, outdoor and brandingidentity advertisements for the charities.
Here’s hoping they have someone who is a real good speller at 3 a.m.
Here that rumbling not too far to the south? It may be Casa Grande’s answer to Harley-Davison.
Saxon Motorcycle Co. said Tuesday it plans to start manufacturing operations and launch its 2005 model line from a 40,000 square-foot facility on 9 acres.
The company said it will take advantage of the the millions of viewers who are tuning in to television shows such as "American Chopper," and "Biker Build Off." The programs feature custom American motorcycles, or choppers.
Saxon plans to produce 650 and 1,000 bikes in 2005 and 2006, respectively. The 2005 line will be priced starting at $21,995 and consist of six models: two choppers, two prostreets, a beach cruiser and a sport classic.
All of the models include S &S engines, six-speed transmissions, suspension frames and fat 240 rear tires.
Long hair and leather jackets are optional.