Super 60 Statistics Show the Region is Moving on from the Recession
What: The Super 60 Luncheon
When: Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Chez Josef in Agawam
Keynote Speakers: Stanley Kowalski III, chairman of the board for FloDesign Inc.; and Greg Bialecki, Mass. secretary of Housing and Economic Development
For More Information: Call (413) 787-1555, or visit www.myonlinechamber.com
The Super 60 Luncheon. It’s an annual fall tradition in the Pioneer Valley, and one that — for the past 23 years, going back to when it was first called the Fabulous 50 — has been a much-anticipated celebration of the depth and diversity of the region’s business community.
And this year, on Oct. 26 at Chez Josef in Agawam, there is apparently even more to celebrate. Indeed, the numbers posted by the 60 companies in the Total Revenue and Total Growth categories provide some potent evidence that this region may finally be moving beyond the Great Recession that began in 2008 and has shown stubborn staying power.
In the Total Growth category, for example, the average growth rate over the past year for the 30 winners was 44%, compared to the 23% figure recorded by last year’s honorees. Overall, 50% of these companies logged growth in excess of 50%, and 15% reported growth of more than 100%. Last year, only half of the top 30 companies recorded growth in excess of 30%.
In the Total Revenue category, meanwhile, the average revenue for the 30 winners was $35 million, and the total for the group was more than $1 billion.
Jeffrey Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, believes those numbers say something.
“Small business is the backbone of our region, and the success of this year’s winners is a clear indication that our regional economy is strong,” he told BusinessWest.
Beyond the numbers, Ciuffreda said the mix of businesses and the number of economic sectors represented by the 60 winners are also positive notes for the region.
“It is interesting to me, in looking at the list of this year’s winners, that we have a great mix of companies that have been here for many years, some more than 100, and others that are relatively new,” he explained. “Many of the established companies in our area are in the Total Revenue column, which shows that, after those many years in existence, they continue to be strong and great sources for jobs in our area.
“In the Total Growth category,” he continued, “you see many of the newer companies that are establishing themselves and probably adding jobs to accommodate that growth. The diversity of businesses in the overall list also speaks to why our economy here is doing relatively well. Clearly, we have some challenges in certain areas, but overall this list is good news and foreshadows better news ahead.”
The top finishers in the Growth category are Powervestors, LLC, the investment arm of Aegis Energy Services; R & R Industries Inc., a full-service metal and auto recycler; and Joseph Freedman Co. Inc., an industrial scrap-metal recycling company. In the Revenue category, O’Connell Oil Associates Inc., which operates three oil-company locations, 29 Convenience Plus stores, and seven gas stations, takes the top spot; Savage Arms (Savage Sports Corp.), the Westfield-based designer and manufacturer of rifles, shotguns, and muzzle loaders for the hunting and shooting-sports industries, finished second; and Springfield College, which placed in the top three for revenue for the third year in a row, landed in the third spot.
See Profiles of this year’s Super 60 companies below.
Beyond presentation of the Super 60 awards, the annual luncheon traditionally provides several program elements to inform and inspire attendees, and this year is no exception. The keynoters will be Stanley Kowalski III, chairman of the board for FloDesign Inc. and founder of FloDesign Wind Turbine, and Mass. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki.
As creator of FloDesign Wind Turbine, Kowalski led the team that won the MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize as well as the Ignite Clean Energy competition, totaling $300,000. He later earned more than $50 million in investments in 18 months from some of the world’s most prominent investment firms.
The company was also among the first recipients of entrepreneurial support under Bialecki, and has been hailed for its “transformative technology” by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
For more information regarding the Super 60 or to make reservations, call (413) 755-1313, or order online at www.myonlinechamber.com by Oct. 24. Tickets cost $50 for ACCGS members and $70 for non-members.
Super 60 • Total Revenue
1. O’Connell Oil Associates Inc.
545 Merrill Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Michael Sobon, CEO
O’Connell Oil Associates Inc. was founded in 1925 and now owns and operates three oil-company locations, 29 Convenience Plus stores, seven gas stations, a wholesale gasoline business, and full-service commercial and residential plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning departments.
2. Savage Arms
100 Springdale Road, Westfield, MA 01085
Albert Kasper, President
Founded in 1995, Savage Sports Corp. designs and manufactures center-fire rifles, rim-fire rifles, shotguns, and muzzleloaders for the hunting and shooting-sports industries. It also offers firearms, ranges, bullet traps, and accessories.
3. Springfield College
263 Alden St., Springfield, MA 01109
Dr. Richard Flynn, CEO
Founded in 1885, SC is a private, independent, coeducational, four-year college offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with its Humanics philosophy — educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.
1 Allen St., Bldg. 212, Springfield, MA 01108
Anuraag Kodali, President
Founded in 1989 to produce liner bonds for structural aluminum and titanium helicopter components, Aero-Bond is a minority-owned business and is regarded as a key supplier of low-cost, high-quality military aircraft production and spare parts, produced to exacting aerospace quality standards, to military aircraft prime contractors, U.S. government agencies and departments, and first-tier subcontractors.
Associated Electro-Mechanics Inc.
185 Rowland St., Springfield, MA 01107
Elayne Lebeau, CEO
Associated Electro-Mechanics Inc. is the largest independent industrial service center in the Northeast, providing industry with services that cover electrical, mechanical, machining, welding, and field services. Its multi-faceted field service crews and a staff of electrical and mechanical engineers complement the departmentalized staff operations.
Atlantic Fasteners Co. Inc.
49 Heywood Ave., West Springfield, MA 01090
Anthony Peterson, President
Wholly employee-owned, Atlantic Fasteners is a master fastener distributor specialist that employs 45 at three facilities, and stocks 16,196 commercial, military, aerospace, and hard-to-find fastener varieties, and 35,227,045 fully traceable pieces.
Baystate Ob/Gyn Group Inc.
2 Medical Center Dr., #206, Springfield, MA 01107
Dr. Howard Trietsch, Head of Practice
Caring for patients for more than 25 years, Baystate Ob/Gyn Group offers experienced care for pregnancy, gynecology, menopause, and surgical gynecology for women from teens through the elder years at four office locations in the region.
Braman Chemical Enterprises
147 Almgren Dr., Agawam, MA 01001
Gerald Lazarus, President
Braman has been serving New England since 1890, using state-of-the-art pest-elimination procedures for commercial and residential customers. The company has offices in Agawam, Worcester, and Lee, as well as Hartford and New Haven, Conn.
Classic Site Solutions Inc.
95 Post Office Park, Suite 9522, Wilbraham, MA 01095
Cheryl Sady, President
Certified WBE and DBE, Classic Site Solutions is a general contracting company that specializes in environmental/site development, site security, building/historical restoration, and green construction that utilizes design/build strategies, LEED processes, and best management practices.
The Dennis Group, LLC
1537 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103
Tom Dennis, CEO
The Dennis Group offers complete planning, design, architectural, engineering, and construction-management services. The firm is comprised of experienced engineering and design professionals dedicated to excellence in the implementation of food-manufacturing processes and facilities.
588 Silver St., Agawam, MA 01001
Mark Hellstein, CEO
For more than 25 years, ECS has specialized in environmental site assessments; testing for asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, and mold; drilling and subsurface investigations; and emergency-response management.
Fuel Services Inc.
962 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA 01085
Steve Chase, President and CEO
A family-run business for more than 20 years, Fuel Services provides heating oil, propane, commercial energy, HVAC repair, heating and cooling equipment, and on-call service vehicles that are equipped with computers that allow technicians to immediately access customer service records and equipment manufacturer information.
Gandara Mental Health Inc.
147 Norman St.,
West Springfield, MA 01089
Dr. Henery East-Trou, CEO
Focusing on the Latino/Hispanic community, Gandara Center provides substance-abuse-recovery, mental-health, and housing services for men, women, children, adolescents, and families throughout the Pioneer Valley.
Jet Industries Inc.
307 Silver St., Agawam, MA 01001
Michael Turrini, President
Jet Industries manufactures aircraft engines, parts, and equipment, as well as turbines and turbine-generator sets and parts, aircraft power systems, flight instrumentation, and aircraft landing and braking systems.
Delaney Restaurant Inc. / The Log Cabin
500 Easthampton Road, Holyoke, MA 01040
Peter Rosskothen, President
The Delaney House restaurant offers 13 private-themed rooms for any special occasion, with seating for up to 260. The Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House offers quality banquet facilities for weddings, showers, anniversaries, engagement parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, business meetings, holiday parties, and more.
Mananto Enterprises LLC d/b/a Hotel Northampton
36 King St. Northampton, MA 01060
Mansour Ghalibaf, Manager
Founded in 2006, Mananto Enterprises LLC operations the historic Hotel Northampton, one of the designated Historic Hotels of America, built in 1927. The Colonial revival style hotel includes Wiggins Tavern, and the establishment offers accommodations of 106 guest rooms including 13 suites, hosting weddings, banquets, and corporate events.
Marcotte Ford Sales
1025 Main St., Holyoke, MA 01040
Bryan Marcotte, President
The dealership sells new Ford vehicles as well as pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs, and features a full service department. Marcotte has achieved the President’s Award, one of the most prestigious honors given to dealerships by Ford Motor Co., on multiple occasions over the past decade.
Mass Park Inc.
185 Spring St., Springfield, MA 01105
Angela Chagnon, CEO
Valet Park of America offers full-service car-parking management for all types of facilities and venues, including hospitals, hotels, restaurants, ski resorts, sporting events, shopping centers, and casinos. Its unique program of valet parking and transportation services reaches throughout the U.S. and worldwide.
Maybury Material Handling
90 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028
John Maybury, President
Since 1976, Maybury Material Handling has been designing, supplying, and servicing all types of material-handling equipment throughout New England. Maybury provides customers in a wide range of industries with solutions to move, lift, and store their parts and products.
Mental Health Association Inc.
995 Worthington St., Springfield, MA 01109
Linda Williams, Executive Director
The Mental Health Assoc. provides residential and support services to enhance the quality of life for individuals challenged with mental impairments. Affordable quality housing, advocacy, and public education are part of the agency’s dedication to empowering individuals to develop their fullest potential.
Rediker Software Inc.
2 Wilbraham Road, Hampden, MA 01036
Richard Rediker, president
Rediker Software is used by school administrators across the U.S. and in more than 100 countries, and is designed to meet the student-information-management needs of all types of schools and districts.
Rocky’s Hardware Inc.
40 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA 01118
Rocco Falcone II, President
With locations throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, the family-run business founded in 1926 is a fully stocked, convenient source for not only typical hardware-store items but also a line of goods for the home, yard, and garden.
Spectrum Analytical Inc.
11 Almgren Dr., Agawam, MA 01001
Dr. Hanibal Tayeh, CEO
For more than a decade, Spectrum Analytical Inc. has provided quantitative analysis of soil, water, and, more recently, air samples, as well as petroleum products. Consulting firms, industries, municipalities, universities, and the public sector are among the constituencies that make up the client list.
Tighe & Bond Inc.
53 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA 01085
David Pinsky, President
Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, Tighe & Bond specializes in environmental engineering, focusing on water, wastewater, solid-waste, and hazardous-waste issues, and provides innovative engineering services to public and private clients around the country and overseas.
United Personnel Services Inc.
1331 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103
Mary Ellen Scott, President
United provides a full range of staffing services, including temporary staffing and full-time placement, on-site project management, and strategic recruitment in the Springfield, Hartford, and Northampton areas, specializing in administrative, professional, medical, and light-industrial staff.
Valley Fibers Corp.
75 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA 01060
Steve Elkins, CEO
Valley Fibers Corp., operating as Webs Amera’s Yarn Store, was founded in 1974 and ships products for knitters, weavers, and spinners in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, the continental U.S., and internationally. Products consist of all forms of natural and manmade fibers for clothing and assessories in addition to crochet accessories, tools, and more.
W.F. Young Inc.
302 Benton Dr., East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Tyler Young, CEO
This family-run business prides itself on offering a variety of high-quality products that can effectively improve the well-being of both people and horses with its Absorbine brands.
Whalley Computer Associates Inc.
One Whalley Way Southwick, MA 01077
John Whalley, President
WCA is a locally owned family business that has evolved from a hardware resale and service group in the 1970s and 1980s into a company that now focuses on lowering the total cost of ownership of technology and productivity enhancement for its customers. Whalley carries name-brand computers as well as low-cost performance compatibles.
YWCA Of Western Massachusetts
One Clough St., Springfield, MA 01118
Mary Reardon Johnson, Executive Director
The YWCA is a worldwide organization seeking to bring women of diverse backgrounds together to work toward a common vision of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is a private, not-for-profit charitable corporation and a certified woman-owned business.
Super 60 • Total Growth
1. POWERVESTORS, LLC
55 Jackson St., Holyoke, MA 01040
LEE VARDAKAS, OWNER
Powervestors is the investment arm of Aegis Energy Services, a full-service provider of combined heat and power (CHP) systems that generate heat and electricity. Powervestors allows clients to finance Aegis power systems or purchase discounted energy through the installed Aegis system in their company.
2. R & R Industries Inc.
195 Rocus St., Springfield, MA 01104
Bruce Robinovitz, President
Family-owned and operated since 1957, R & R Industries is a full-service metal and auto recycler serving Western Mass. and Northern Conn., providing recycling and container services to commercial, industrial, and residential customers. The company also purchases ferrous and non-ferrous metals at market prices and supplies hard-to-find auto parts for older models.
3. Joseph Freedman Co. Inc.
115 Stevens St., Springfield, MA 01104
John Freedman, President
Founded in 1891, the company provides industrial scrap-metal recycling, specializing in aluminum, copper, nickel alloys, and aircraft scrap, and has two facilities in Springfield — a 120,000-square-foot indoor ferrous facility, and a 60,000-square-foot chopping operation.
Ace Fire & Water Restoration Inc.
18 Elizabeth St. West Springfield, MA 01089
Gary Brunelle, President
Serving Western Mass. and Northern Conn. for more than 25 years, Ace Fire & Water Restoration specializes in fire, water, wind, and mold restoration services for residential and commercial properties, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Adam Quenneville Roofing and Siding
160 Old Lyman Road, South Hadley, MA 01075
Adam Quenneville, CEO
Adam Quenneville offers a wide range of residential and commercial services, including new roofs, retrofitting, roof repair, roof cleaning, vinyl siding, replacement windows, and the no-clog Gutter Shutter system. The company earned the 2010 BBB Torch Award for trust, performance, and integrity.
Aegis Energy Services Inc.
55 Jackson St., Holyoke, MA 01040
Lee Vardakas, Owner
Founded in 1985, Aegis Energy Services is a turn-key, full-service provider of combined heat and power (CHP) systems that generate heat and electricity using clean, efficient natural gas-powered engines. These modular CHP systems reduce a facility’s dependence on expensive utility power, reduce energy costs, and reduce one’s carbon footprint.
B.E. Crowley Inc.
525 Cottage St. Springfield, MA 01104
John Butler, President
B. E. Crowley, established in 1925, as a locally owned and operated plumbing and heating supply company that has evolved over the years to become a major distributor of industrial PVF and pneumatic/hydraulic components.
Broadway Office Interiors Inc.
90 Tapley St., Springfield, MA 01104
Ronald Gordenstein, President
In 1917, five Gordenstein brothers started Broadway Office Supply. The firm, now run by the third generation of the Gordenstein family, offers office products, complete interior-design services, and custom furniture refurbishing, including ergonomic solutions and other injury-prevention strategies.
Complete Healthcare Solutions Inc.
1497 North Main St., Palmer, MA 01069
Michael Penna, CEO
Founded in 1994, CHS provides affordable software solutions for small to mid-sized healthcare practices. The company helps customers with electronic medical records, practice-management software, medical billing, document management, data security, and a host of other services.
Custom Carbide Corp.
616 Dwight St., Springfield, MA 01104
Paul St. Louis, President
Established in 1980, Benchmark Carbide, a division of Custom Carbide Corp., manufactures American-made machining tools and also offers services ranging from tool re-grinding and special modifications to technical support, feeds, and speeds to run production more efficiently, as well as enhancing coatings that extend the life of cutting tools.
Dave’s Truck Repair Inc.
1023 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA 01104
Dave Proulx, President
Founded 25 years ago, Dave’s Truck Repair offers state-of-the-art truck and motor-home repair facilities in the Greater Springfield area. The company has 16 skilled truck technicians in house and four fully equipped roadside service trucks, providing repair services 24/7.
Dietz & Co. Architects Inc.
17 Hampden St., Springfield, MA 01103
Kerry Dietz, CEO
Dietz & Co. provides a full range of architectural services in the public and private sectors, including work in housing, education, healthcare, commercial facilities, historic preservation, and sustainable projects. The firm seeks to bring the benefits of integrated design into all its projects, from individual buildings to entire neighborhoods.
Dimauro Carpet & Tile Inc.
185 Shaker Road, East Longmeadow, MA 01028
Vincent Dimauro, President
For more than 30 years, Dimauro Carpet & Tile has been offering flooring options for businesses, contractors, builders, educational facilities, healthcare providers, houses of worship, and homes. The company is an authorized provider to the Commowealth of Massachusetts, an approved supplier to the Mass. Higher Education Consortium, and a certified contractor to local, state, and federal government.
The Futures Health Group, LLC
136 Williams St., Springfield, MA 01105
Peter Bittel, CEO
The Futures Health Group provides special-education and clinical services and management to 25,000 students and individuals. Bittel has more than 35 years of clinical and executive leadership experience in the areas of special education, rehabilitation, and developmental disabilities.
Hogan Technology Inc.
81 East St. Easthampton, MA 01027
Sean Hogan, President
Hogan Technology was founded in 1986 by John Hogan and two of his eight children, Sean and Andrew. The firm offers professional installation, service, and support of business technology, from cabling to desktop support, combining the overall tech services of three companies in one.
207 Bowles Road, Agawam, MA 01001
Mark Plasso, President
Litron was founded in 1997 as a laser-welding and laser-systems company, but has grown to incorporate four distinct, yet interrelated, divisions: open-air laser welding, laser systems, microwave electronic packaging, and glovebox hermetic sealing. The company services the aerospace, medical, and industrial markets.
The Markens Group Inc.
1350 Main St., Suite 1508, Springfield, MA 01103
Ben Markens, President
Markens has guided hundreds of businesses toward excellence since 1988. It provides services in strategic management, profit planning, sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and more.
181 Notre Dame St., Westfield, MA 01085
Marco Liquori, President
NetLogix offers a wide range of IT services, including equipment sales; managed network services and remote monitoring; network design, installation, and management; network security and firewalls; disaster-recovery and business-continuity services; VoIP; wi-fi; and more.
The Springfield Group
1351 Main St. Springfield, MA 01103
Kate Kane, Managing Director
For more than 100 of the company’s 150 years, Northwestern Mutual has been a part of the Western Mass. community as the Springfield Group, providing access to a wide array of financial products, services, and expertise to help clients prepare for the future.
NUVO Bank & Trust Co.
1500 Main St., Springfield, MA 01115
M. Dale Janes, CEO
Chartered in 2007, NUVO is an independent, locally owned bank that provides deposits, residential and commercial loans, and cash-management services for both personal-banking and business-banking needs.
Nurse Service Inc.
14 Bobala Road, Suite 1B, Holyoke, MA 01040
Francis O’Connell, President
For more than two decades, O’Connell Professional Nurse Service (O’Connell Care at Home and Healthcare Staffing) has grown to deliver the a range of home healthcare and staffing services across the Pioneer Valley. Services range from nursing care and geriatric healthcare management to advocacy and transportation.
PC Enterprises d/b/a Entre Computer
138 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089
Norman Fiedler, CEO
Entre assists organizations with procuring, installing, troubleshooting, servicing, and maximizing the value of technology. In business since 1983, it and continues to evolve and grow as a lead provider for many businesses, healthcare providers, retailers, and state, local, and education entities.
Robert F. Scott Co. Inc.
467 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA 01106
Leonard Rising III, President
Robert F. Scott Co., known as Longmeadow Garage, is a locally owned and operated, full-service gasoline and automotive service station. Its staff includes ASE-certified technicians well-versed in all makes and models.
1199 South Main St., Palmer, MA 01069
Mark Bosari, President
For more than 50 years, Sanderson MacLeod has been a contract manufacturer of large-volume twisted wire brushes for wholesale cosmetic, medical, gun leaning, and industrial uses. The firm offers engineering design assistance, customized inventory control, and on-time delivery.
Specialty Bolt & Screw Inc.
235 Bowles Road, Agawam, MA 01001
Alan Crosby, CEO
Founded in 1977, Specialty Bolt & Screw Inc. is a distributor of innovative fastener solutions. The company has engineering resources on staff to help determine the optimum fastener for each application, and utilizes state-of-the-art technology along with more than 30 years of experience to help clients achieve their objectives.
Tech Roofing Service Inc.
P.O. Box 948, Springfield, MA 01001
Joseph Narkawicz, President
Since its founding in 1975, Tech Roofing Service has been installing, reparing, servicing, and maintaining commercial, industrial, and residential roofs throughout New England and New York. All employees are fully instructed in the latest OSHA safety standards and regulations, and receive receive training and education in the latest roofing techniques and manufacturer’s specifications.
Titan USA Enterprises Inc.
140 Baldwin St., West Springfield, MA 01089
Ralph Colby, CEO
For almost four decades, Titan USA Enterprises has served industrial distributors as a manufacturer of premium-quality, solid-carbide, high-speed steel, and cobalt cutting tools.
Universal Plastics Corp.
75 Whiting Farms Road, Holyoke, MA 01040
Joseph Peters, CEO
Since 1965, Universal Plastics has been a leading force in the custom thermoforming industry. It specializes in a plastic-manufacturing process that converts a sheet of plastic into a highly detailed finished product with less tooling investment than other plastic molding processes.
Westside Finishing Company Inc.
15 Samosett St., Holyoke, MA 01040
Brian Bell, President
Westside Finishing is a family-owned business that has been providing services to the the powder-coating and finishing industry since 1980, with powder coating and silk screening being the principal areas of work and expertise. Many of the company’s key personnel have been in the metal industry for years, working as fabricators, welders, grinders, or machining metal specialists.
Whalley Precision Inc.
28 Hudson Dr., Southwick, MA 01077
David Whalley, President
Whalley Precision, Inc. is a family-owned small business and full-service manufacturing company/FAA repair station founded in 1990. It performs general fabrication, machining, and assembly. Services include CNC/manual milling and turning; ID, OD, and surface grinding; jig boring; honing; MIG and TIG welding; metal forming; and robotic welding and assembly.
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