Cherry Hill businesses top growth list
Sunday, July 30, 2006
By LISA GRZYBOSKI
The township's business community was well represented this year in a reputable report focused on South Jersey's fastest-growing companies.
Seven Cherry Hill-based businesses -- by far the most of any town -- appeared on the 11th annual South Jersey 25 list compiled by the Philadelphia Business Journal and Rowan University's College of Business to spotlight the region's successful privately held companies.
They ranged from employee benefits firms to a graphics business to a computer software support company.
In recent years, the list has included between three and four Cherry Hill businesses, said Margaret van Brunt, the business school's assistant dean. The fact the number spiked to seven this year is notable, she stated, considering the report covers eight South Jersey counties.
"It probably does reflect Cherry Hill is doing something to support business," van Brunt said.
But she noted companies must be nominated, either by themselves or someone else, to even be considered for the report. That means there could be faster growing companies in South Jersey that failed to apply and they could be located outside of Cherry Hill, she cautioned.
Here are the Cherry Hill businesses that appeared on this year's South Jersey 25 fastest-growing companies list:
SunRx Inc. The company manages prescription drug benefits for employers, labor unions and government entities and competes against such industry heavyweights as Caremark Inc. and Express Scripts. SunRx advertises that it saves clients money because it discloses all its revenue and only charges an administrative fee.
It currently manages prescription benefits for about 200,000 people and expects that number to grow to 500,000 by January, CEO Gerard Ferro said.
SunRx was ranked No. 1 in last year's Philadelphia 100, the Philadelphia Business Journal's report on the Delaware Valley's fastest-growing companies. Entrepreneur magazine also rated it a top-20 hot new business for the last two years.
FrontEnd Graphics Inc. The female-owned business provides services such as layout, design, photography and digital advertising production to help its clients sell their products and/or message.
FrontEnd has about 300 clients nationwide, company president Betty Maul said. The list includes such notables as Lockheed Martin, Office Depot and Forbes magazine.
Tripod Technologies. The firm helps companies build and manage open source software for their business applications. It doesn't cost anything to use open source software, CEO Badri Nittoor said. Tripod helps businesses evaluate open source products, install the ones they need for their operations and then provide system support.
Markeim-Chalmers Inc. -- The commercial real estate firm was founded in 1922 and provides assistance with sales, leasing, acquisition and investments. The family-owned company continues to grow after all these years because of its reputation and South Jersey's continued economic growth, said Fred Berlinsky, the company's president.
AmeriQuest Transportation and Logistics Resources. The national business helps companies with fleets of 100 or more trucks reduce their transportation costs.
The company uses a mix of best practices and technology to help its clients' truck fleets operate more efficiently, said Doug Clark, the president and CEO.
AmeriQuest appeared on Inc. magazine's 500 list, a nationwide ranking of fast-growing companies, for two out of the last three years.
It ranked first on the South Jersey 25 in 2000 and made the list last year, Clark said.
Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. -- The business markets and administers affordable legal plans for companies that offer it as part of their employee benefits package.
Countrywide has more than 300 corporate clients primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. It's made the South Jersey 25 list six times, company president Len Felton said.
Scientific Search. The company recruits full-time employees and temporary staff for the region's pharmaceutical, biotech and engineering firms. It specializes in finding experienced professionals, said Joseph Peters, company president.
This is the Scientific Search's third consecutive year on the South Jersey 25 list, Peters said.
The South Jersey 25
South Jersey's 25 fastest-
1. SunRX, Cherry Hill
2. M and A Holdings dba
Camden Yards Steel, Camden
3. Hi-Tec Systems, Inc.,
Egg Harbor Township
4. GB Collects, West Berlin
5. Gestalt, Camden
6. Lakewood Pathology
7. FrontEnd Graphics, Cherry Hill
8. Tripod Technologies, Cherry Hill
9. Markeim Chalmers Inc., Cherry Hill
10. TMC/Compco, West Berlin
11. AmeriQuest Transportation and Logistics Resources, Cherry Hill
12. Loftus Construction Inc., Cinnaminson
13. LEIB Recovery Solutions, Mount Laurel
14. A. Brooks Roofing Inc., Palmyra
15. Miles Technologies,
16. Jest Notes & Baskets,
17. American Disposal
Systems Inc., Lumberton
18. Decisive Business
Systems Inc., Pennsauken
19. Thomas/Boyd Communications, Moorestown
20. Cipriani Builders,
21. Providence Pediatric
Medical DayCare Inc., Berlin
22. Countrywide Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., Cherry Hill
23. Scientific Search, Cherry Hill
24. Gibraltar Construction Corp., Gibbsboro
25. Hoffman's Exterminating Co., Mantua
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