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FWF, West Michigan Companies Named Among Fastest-Growing in US

Inc. magazine published its list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America, and 28 West Michigan businesses made the cut this year. 

The list, which was released Tuesday, represents a snapshot of the most successful companies within the American economy, and this year’s companies have proved resilient through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021. 

Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list achieved a three-year average growth rate of 543%, and median revenue reached $11.1 million. Together, those companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years. 

Since its inception in 1982 as the Inc. 500, the list expanded in 2007 to include 5,000 of the nation’s most successful private companies. 

“The 2021 Inc. 5000 feels like one of the most important rosters of companies ever compiled,” said Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk in the publication. “Building one of the fastest-growing companies in America in any year is a remarkable achievement. Building one in the crisis we’ve lived through is just plain amazing.” 

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, can be found here. 

West Michigan companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 list 

186. Ally Logistics, 2,281%, logistics and transportation, Grand Rapids

321. Shefit, 1,435%, consumer products and services, Hudsonville

777. Jonas Paul Eyewear, 638%, retail, Grand Rapids

1,069. Blastek, 453%, construction, Middleville 

1,131. SPARK Business Works, 430%, software, Kalamazoo 

1,392. Construction Simplified, 340%, construction, Grand Rapids 

1,468. BrainGu, 323%, software, Grand Rapids 

1,545. Fifth Wheel Freight, 304%, logistics and transportation, Kentwood 

1,650. Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, 279%, manufacturing, Grand Rapids 

2,622. Group Vertical, 156%, consumer products and services, Grand Rapids 

2,750. Tech Defenders, 146%, computer hardware, Grand Rapids 

2,814. Flat River Group, 141%, consumer products and services, Belding 

2,881. Hungerford Technologies, 136%, IT management, Cascade Township 

2,896. Calder Capital, 135%, financial services, Grand Rapids 

2,960. AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, 130%, financial services, Kalamazoo 

3,177. Service Professor, 117%, construction, Kentwood 

3,258. Packaging Compliance Labs, 111%, engineering, Kentwood 

3,388. FlexPost, 104%, manufacturing, Holland 

3,415. ITPartners+, 103%, IT management, Cascade Township 

3,786. Creative Studio Promotions, 86%, advertising and marketing, Grand Rapids 

3,939. Advanced Architectural Products, 79%, manufacturing, Allegan 

4,222. HR Collaborative, 69%, human resources, Grand Rapids 

4,372. Greenback ETS, 64%, financial services, Grandville 

4,387. Core Imaging, 63%, business products and services, Grand Rapids 

4,635. FreshWater Digital Media Partners, 54%, advertising and marketing, Grand Rapids 

4,764. Service Express, 49%, IT management, Grand Rapids 

4,938. Fortz Legal Support, 41%, business products and services, Grand Rapids 

4,999. Quality Aluminum Products, 39%, construction, Hastings 


Grand Rapids Business Journal: West Michigan companies named among fastest-growing in US 

**Article courtesy of Rachel Watson, Grand Rapids Business Journal  

 – Published: August 20, 2021 

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