By Laurie Hindman
Not every Berthoud business is suffering during this economic slump. In fact, eight Berthoud-based companies have qualified for the Northern Colorado Business Report’s (NCBR) “Mercury 100” list, an annual ranking of the northern Front Range’s fastest growing privately owned businesses. Companies are ranked based on annual percentage of revenue growth and must be privately held and based in the region. Subsidiaries, divisions and public companies are not eligible.
According to the NCBR, the top winners in both the under and over $2 million categories recorded triple-digit increases in revenue between 2005 and 2008. In the over $2 million category Berthoud is well represented by Northern Communications Group, Inc. and Simpson Company. NCG, number 17 on the list, is a veteran owned systems integration company providing computer systems, IT services, wireless networks, surveillance systems and telecom support. NCG saw 142 percent revenue growth for the past three years; Simpson Company, at number 36, designs, manufactures, installs and services commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC systems); they saw a 72 percent revenue growth over the past three years.
In the under $2 million category, the number one fastest growing company in Northern Colorado was Berthoud’s own C&T Custom Fabrication, Inc. C&T, located at the north end of the industrial park on Longspeak Avenue, specializes in metal fabrication including welding, water-jet cutting and computer controlled machining. They showed a revenue growth of a whopping 272 percent.
Anyone leaving Berthoud on east Highway 56 has seen the white flag, with the Energy Logic logo, a large, orange and black, lower case “e” flying in the yard of a small, nondescript house. For the third year in a row, Energy Logic has made the Mercury 100, this year climbing to number four on the list from number eight in 2008, with a three-year revenue growth of 229 percent. Currently employing 29 people, Energy Logic provides energy efficiency consulting and testing for homebuilders and homeowners.
Richard Bonilla, MBA is also a repeat honoree. A one man show, Bonilla provides accounting, tax, cost accounting system and design and has increased revenue 100 percent in the past three years. Bonilla was number thirteen in this year’s ranking.
The third time around for Rocky Mountain Environmental Construction, they ranked 26th. The construction company offers landscape design and construction, irrigation installation and water features. They increased their three-year revenue by 50 percent.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane — no — it’s Computer Superheroes scaling the Mercury List; last year Superheroes placed 28th, this year it ranked 26th with a 37 percent increase in its three year revenues. Superheroes offers friendly affordable information technology service and support for individuals and small business.
Another Berthoud business to make the cut is Madd Castings, Inc., a company that provides wax pouring/casting, sandblasting and “induction melting” for bronze sculptures and monuments. Madd employs about 10 people and has shown an 18 percent increase in revenue; this is the second year Madd has been in the top 100 fastest growing companies, appearing at number 40 on the list.
The Berthoud Recorder has previously published articles featuring Mercury 100 winners Energy Logic, Computer Superheroes, Richard Bonilla and Madd Castings. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at other Mercury 100 businesses to explore how they have managed success in tough times.