Top 50 Report The Big Movers

When the going got tough, these in-plants boosted their sales anyway.

From free-falling consumer confidence to scandalized captains of industry, it’s been a rough year for the U.S. economy. Likewise, many in-plants have reported a drop in revenue, including 19 of those in the Top 50.

But 26 other Top 50 in-plants not only survived the crunch, they flourished in it. They have increased sales, expanded their services and now rest on a foundation more solid than it was before the economy turned sour.

How did they do it? Basically by keeping their eyes open for new opportunities—and not just printing opportunities.

The Copier Monopoly

Sales Growth

Here are the top 20 in-plants according to sales growth compared with 2001 figures:

Rank

In-plant

Sales Growth

1

Best Buy

77.05%

2

University of Oklahoma

22.09%

3

State of Oregon

19.49%

4

California OSP

15.46%

5

University of Illinois

14.89%

6

Iowa State University

13.53%

7

Spartan Stores

13.45%

8

Ace Hardware

10.59%

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