“We are extremely proud to have been included in this prestigious group, particularly as a company who is manufacturing here in the US,” said Lumitec President and Founder John Kujawa. “The recognition is a testament to the talent and devotion of our team, and the enthusiasm of our customers. The last five years have been an exciting ride, and the future looks similarly promising.”
Kujawa launched the LED lighting company in 2007 with a focus on innovation, quality, and a scalable US manufacturing competency. Since then Kujawa has grown the company to more than 25 full time employees, quadrupled manufacturing space, and exceeded $5MM in sales. In the past three years Lumitec has experienced nearly 1000% growth.
The 2012 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. To make the cut, companies had to have achieved a staggering minimum of 770% in sales growth. The Inc. 500’s aggregate revenue is $15.7 billion, with a median three-year growth of 1,431 percent. The companies on this year's Inc. 500 employ more than 48,000 people and generated over 40,000 jobs in the past three years.
"Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. magazine Editor Eric Schurenberg.
The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500 .
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