Each year, Inc. sorts through the Inc. 5000 list to find the facts, figures, and trends that make for great stories. Some of those trends are more obvious than others–like the fact that California, with the fifth-largest global economy and a population larger than that of many European countries, is first in pretty much everything. But there are some really interesting stories found a bit further down the list.
Like the fact that one of the oldest Inc. 5000 companies, Itasca, Illinois-based W.S. Darley & Co. (founded 1908), manufactures fire trucks and firefighting equipment (and is still growing!). And that Signallamp Health, which is the only Inc. 5000 company located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, grew revenue 1,845 percent in the past three years and added 40 jobs. And that the Detroit metro area, which has struggled for so long, ranked 11th in total revenue last year.
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