Quick Read: Area firms make Inc. 5000 list

Quick Read: Area firms make Inc. 5000 list

Inc. magazine recently released its 2014 Inc. 5000 list, a compilation of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately owned U.S.-based firms based on revenue growth from 2010 to 2013.

Figures below show area companies that made the list, revenue for the 2013 calendar year, three-year revenue growth rate, description of company and number of employees.

#748 Dependable Transportation, Mattoon

— $6.6 million, up 610 percent

— Cargo transportation service founded in 2009

— Nine employees

— First time on Inc. 5000 list

#1317 EP Technology, Champaign

— $32.6 million, up 327 percent

— Seller and distributor of Zmodo video security equipment founded in 1997

— 69 employees

— Ranked #950 on last year's list

#4189 Rural King Supply, Mattoon

— $751.4 million, up 69 percent

— Family-owned farm and home retail chain founded in 1960

— 4,547 employees

— Not included on last year's list

Others from downstate Illinois:

#213 McAfee Institute, Peoria, ranked #35 last year

#1924 Lead IT, Springfield, ranked #1360 last year

#3541 Heartland Dental, Effingham, ranked #3717 last year

#4622 Brandt Consolidated, Springfield, not included last year

#4703 Elastec, Carmi, ranked #2266 last year

Others of area interest:

#2175 Meatheads, Chicago, with restaurant in Champaign, ranked #1420 last year

#3706 Strata Decision Technology, Chicago, with office in Champaign, ranked #3932 last year

#4735 First Hospitality Group, Rosemont, operates Hyatt Place in Champaign, ranked #4108 last year

Source: inc.com/inc5000

Update on EP Technology

EP Technology Corp., at 1401 Interstate Drive, C, continues to sell, distribute and provide technical support for Zmodo video security equipment.

In 2013, Zmodo produced about 700,000 cameras and 150,000 digital video recorders, said Helen Wu, EP's investor relations manager.

The company is also expanding into the "smart home" industry by introducing smart electronics, such as smart cameras and doorbells that connect to smart phones, she said.

"We have recently introduced the Zmodo EZCam, a smart-home camera designed specifically for residential applications that allows customers to access live video feed via their smart phones," Wu said.

"It comes with our free app, Zsight, which is available on App Store and Google Play," she said.

EP Technology is developing a wide range of smart-home products and providing home automation services such as cloud storage and live streaming, she added.

"The new platform, the MeShare cloud, is an open cloud platform, which allows third-party smart electronics to run on," Wu said. "The platform and website are expected to go live this fall."

EP Technology occupies 100 percent of its building on Interstate Drive. As of last week, it employed 60 in Champaign.

Company founder Kevin Wan has said he would like to bring manufacturing to the U.S. and possibly to Champaign.

Wu said there are no immediate plans for that, "but we are not ruling out that possibility in the future."

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