Macworld Australia Staff June 9, 2011
Other World Computing named To Crain’s Chicago Business “Fast Fifty” list of fastest growing companies in the Chicago area
OWC makes second appearance on prestigious list with a 99.2 percent five-year growth rate
June 7, 2011, Woodstock, IL – Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, has been named for a second time to the Crain’s Chicago Business 2011 ‘Fast 50′ list of the fastest growing companies in the Chicago area, posting a 99.2 percent revenue growth rate over the past five years. OWC appeared on the 2009 Crain’s Fast Fifty list, and has also been recognised annually since 2008 on Crain’s list of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies.
Crain’s began the qualification process in January by searching lists of public and private companies. To be eligible for consideration, companies had to be headquartered in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will), posted both revenue growth and a minimum of least US$20 million revenue for 2010, and had no more than one year of declining revenue in the 2005-2010 timeframe. Firms meeting those criteria, along with earning the highest five-year revenue growth percentages, became the ‘Fast 50′. In 2010, OWC revenue reached US$70.9 million, up 99.2 percent since 2005.
“OWC is thrilled to be part of the 2011 Crain’s Fast Fifty list this year – it is an honor to be included among the most successful firms in the Chicago area,” said Larry O’Connor, founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “But the real reward is knowing that our healthy growth enables us to better serve our customers on a day to day basis, as we work to constantly expand the range of products and services we provide.”
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About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad® enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net
OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 and 2011 ‘Fast 50′ List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 ‘Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America’ list honoree 2007-2010; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award.
In March 2010, OWC’s corporate campus was designated as LEED® Platinum by the Green Building Certification Institute. Platinum is the highest achievable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program level, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. In September 2010, OWC’s headquarters earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® rating for building operations that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.