On the Fast Track! Seven Missouri companies seeing explosive growth

There is no easy recipe for success. Each year, thousands of new companies are formed. Only about half of those companies are still around after five years. Only about three in 10 survive past that first decade.

These statistics help frame the amazing success created by seven Missouri companies that were named Fast Track Award winners this year.

The Missouri Chamber’s Fast Track Award honors the state’s fastest growing businesses. The awards were given during the Missouri Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held on Nov. 20 in St. Louis.

Follow the links below to learn more about each of these impressive companies.

American Railcar Industries lays the tracks to success

american railcarAmerican Railcar Industries started out as Milton Car Works in February of 1864 in Milton Pennsylvania. The company began delivering some of the world’s first railroad tank cars.  In the last five years, American Railcar has grown by leaps and bounds, landing them among the 2014 Missouri Chamber Fast Track Award winners. Read more.

Fry-Wagner is much more than a moving company

frywagnerIf Daniel Zessinger, vice president and general manager of Fry-Wagner, can make one thing perfectly clear, it’s that the success of the company he helms has nothing to do with him and everything to do with his people. Named one of the Missouri Chamber’s 2014 Fast Track Award Winners, Fry-Wagner is exceedingly proud to be named to the prestigious list of companies successfully growing in Missouri. Read more.

Expanding in a rural community, Hedrick Medical Center bucks industry trends

hedrickWhile much of the health care industry is undergoing a challenging time of transition, Hedrick Medical Center seems to exist in a different universe. Many of Missouri’s rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open, yet Hedrick continues to thrive. The hospital opened a new $41 million facility in Chillicothe this year. Read more.

Medical Transportation Management grows with a focus on service

mtmIn 1995, Lynn and Peg Griswold knew an opportunity when they saw it. Having working in social services and healthcare, they became aware that many patients didn’t have access to reliable transportation to make it to doctor visits, and thus, the idea for Medical Transportation Management was born. Today the company is helmed by Lynn’s daughter Alaina Macia and is one of the fastest growing companies in Missouri, and the nation. Read more.

Shick designs and builds the machines that automate food production

shickNearly 60 years ago, an engineer came to Kansas City with an idea that would change the food industry. Today, his company, Shick USA, continues to thrive among the fastest-growing businesses in Missouri. William Ungashick founded Shick in 1956. Prior to starting his company, William had worked as an aeronautical engineer in Ohio. He was also a natural inventor, a gift that led him to develop patented designs for pneumatic conveying equipment. Read more.

Versa-Tech finds innovative uses for expanded polystyrene

versatechAs St. Louis prepared to rebuild an important downtown boulevard in 2010, an old massive railway tunnel was creating serious challenges for the project’s engineers. The tunnel needed to be filled to ensure it could support traffic on the rebuilt roadway. However, the fill material needed to be light enough not to push the original tunnel walls outward. Fortunately, Versa-Tech Inc., a growing Missouri company, had an innovative solution: filling the tunnel with strong, lightweight expanded polystyrene. Read more.

Attracting top talent has made Woodruff Sweitzer a breakthrough agency

woodruffBy all accounts, it was a marketing project for the record books. For the Brown Shoe Company campaign, the creative professionals at Paradowski, the St. Louis office of Woodruff Sweitzer, built an interactive website and mobile application where people were encouraged to send holiday greeting cards to their friends, while also perusing Brown Shoe’s inventory. The project was a huge success. The idea was so catchy, the campaign ended up setting a Guinness World Record for most greeting cards signed and sent. Read more.

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