Program Marks 25 Years of Honoring the Top-performing Companies
The program was smaller — it was known as the Fabulous 50 back then — and was conceived as a fund-raising event for what is now the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield (ACCGS), and also as an opportunity to celebrate the top-performing companies that characterized the region’s diverse economy.
Along the way, it has become a fall tradition, and the phrase ‘Super 60 company’ has become a bragging right for businesses large and small, said ACCGS President Jeff Ciuffreda, as he referenced the class of 2014.
It will be celebrated on Nov. 14 at Chez Josef in Agawam, which has traditionally been sold out for the Super 60 luncheon, and should be this year as well.
And, as in the previous 24 years, the Super 60 lists are characterized by diversity — in a number of forms (see snapshots below). First, geographically. Nearly 20 cities and towns in Western Mass. are represented by the companies in the Total Revenue and Revenue Growth categories, including both the larger cities, such as Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield, but also the smaller towns, such as Ware, Belchertown, and Southwick.
There’s also diversity in terms of the industrial sectors represented on those lists. There are winners from the financial-services sector, retail, manufacturing, education, healthcare, technology, service, distribution, construction, and the region’s large nonprofit realm. And there’s diversity in terms of size, with some of the region’s largest employers on the Total Revenue list, and some of its smaller rising stars on the Revenue Growth compilation.
Add it all up, and this year’s winners provide ample reason for optimism as the region continues to battle its way back from the prolonged recession that began in 2007.
“Small business is the backbone of our region,” said Ciuffreda, “and the success of this year’s winners is a clear indication that our regional economy is strong.”
This strength is reflected in the numbers posted by this year’s winners. The average revenue of the companies in the Total Revenue category exceeded $35 million, with combined revenue of more than $1 billion. Meanwhile, one-third of the companies in the Revenue Growth category posted growth in excess of 50%, with the average growth of all honorees in that category at more than 49%.
Topping the Total Revenue category is West Springfield-based Balise Motor Sales, which now boasts more than 20 facilities (new- and used-car dealerships, collision-repair shops, and car washes) in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Placing second is the Stavros Center for Independent Living, with NUVO Bank & Trust Co. placing third.
In the Revenue Growth category, Springfield-based City Enterprise Inc., a woman-owned commercial and residential builder, finished on top, followed by Troy Industries Inc. and Chemex Corp.
Also, 16 companies qualified for both categories. They include the Dennis Group, Gandara Mental Health, Joseph Freedman Co., Maybury Associates, M.J. Moran, Northeast Treaters, NUVO Bank & Trust Co., PC Enterprises (Entre Computer), Pioneer Valley Concrete Services, Premier Source Credit Union, Tighe & Bond, Troy Industries, Universal Plastics Corp., and Whalley Computer Associates. Each was placed in the category where it finished highest.
The winners will be saluted at the annual luncheon, which this year will feature Friendly Ice Cream President and CEO John Maguire as keynote speaker.
Maguire is credited with engineering a strong turnaround at the company, which began with a single shop in Springfield in 1935, grew into a regional powerhouse, but struggled through the ’90s and the first part of this century, eventually filing for bankruptcy.
The celebration luncheon is presented by Health New England and sponsored by Hampden Bank, Zasco Productions, and WWLP-TV22.
Reservations for the luncheon are required and can be made online at www.myonlinechamber.com or by e-mailing Sarah Mazzaferro at email@example.com. Tickets are $50 for ACCGS members, $70 for non-members. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 7.
What: The Super 60 Luncheon
When: Nov. 14, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Chez Josef, Agawam
Keynote Speaker: John Maguire, president and CEO, Friendly’s
For more Information: Visit www.myonlinechamber.com
1. Balise Motor Sales
2. Stavros Center for Independent Living
3. Nuvo Bank & Trust Co. *
The Assoc. for Community Living
City Tire Company Inc.
Commercial Distributing Co. Inc.
The Dennis Group, LLC *
Environmental Compliance Services Inc.
Gandara Mental Health Inc. *
Joseph Freedman Co. Inc. *
Kittredge Equipment Co. Inc.
Marcotte Ford Sales
Maybury Associates Inc.*
Northeast Treaters Inc./Chemical Wood Treaters *
Quabbin Wire & Cable Co. Inc.
Sarat Ford Lincoln
Specialty Bolt & Screw Inc.
Spectrum Analytical Inc.
Tighe & Bond Inc. *
United Personnel Services Inc.
University Products Inc.
WestMass ElderCare Inc.
Whalley Computer Associates Inc. *
YMCA of Greater Springfield
* Indicates company qualifed in both categories
1. City Enterprise Inc.
2. Troy Industries Inc. *
3. Chemex Corp.
American Pest Solutions Inc.
Boys & Girls Club Family Center Inc.
Convergent Solutions Inc.
Dietz & Co. Architects Inc.
FIT Solutions, LLC
The Gaudreau Group
GMH Fence Company Inc.
Haluch Water Contracting Inc.
Hampden County Career Center / CareerPoint
Holyoke Community College Foundation Inc.
Innovative Business Systems Inc.
Janice Yanni, DDS
M.J. Moran Inc. *
Northeast Security Solutions Inc.
O’Connell Professional Nurse Service Inc.
Paragus Strategic IT
PC Enterprises / Entre Computer *
Pioneer Valley Concrete Service Inc. *
Premier Source Credit Union *
Universal Plastics Corp. *
V&F Auto Inc.
Valley Home Improvement Inc.
Westside Enterprises Inc.
* Indicates company qualifed in both categories