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Sun Solar tops list of local firms on Inc. 5000

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Sun Solar LLC was the top-ranking local company on the annual Inc. 5000 list for fast growth.

Eleven local companies made the annual list; nine of them appeared in prior years. Released by Inc. magazine, the list ranks the fastest-growing U.S. private companies based on 2014-16 revenue growth.

Among the results, Sun Solar dropped 241 spots from last year, Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool Inc. gained the most ground and Paragon Architecture Inc. had the biggest fall. Two new companies, Money Tree Lead Systems and Tomo Drug Testing, joined the list.

Sun Solar, No. 397
    •    Description: Springfield-based solar panel installation and consultancy firm
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 1,100.4 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $24.5 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 156

Money Tree Lead Systems, No. 1,370
    •    Description: Springfield-based lead generator for real estate firms
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 297.3 perent
    •    2016 revenue: $2.2 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: N/A

Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool Inc., No. 1,679
    •    Description: Springfield-based early childhood education centers
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 233 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $16.6 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 2,347

GigSalad, No. 1,738
    •    Description: Springfield-based online booking platform
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 224.3 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $5.1 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 690

Russell Cellular Inc., No. 2,439
    •    Description: Battlefield-based Verizon phone and service supplier
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 147 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $259.2 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 2,287

Group Benefit Services Inc., No. 2,476
    •    Description: Springfield-based administrator of self-funded health plans
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 143.6 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $2.5 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 2,393

Tomo Drug Testing, No. 2,949
    •    Description: Springfield-based employee screening service
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 113.9 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $5.2 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: N/A

The Payroll Co., No. 3,476
    •    Description: Springfield-based provider of payroll, taxes and benefits management
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 89.9 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $4.1 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 3,680

JMark Business Solutions Inc., No. 4,050
    •    Description: Springfield-based information technology provider
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 68.9 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $16.7 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 4,078

The Great Game of Business Inc., No. 4,107
    •    Description: Springfield-based open-book management consultant
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 66.6 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $3.5 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 2,724

Paragon Architecture Inc., No. 4,778
    •    Description: Springfield-based architecture firm
    •    Three-year revenue growth: 46.8 percent
    •    2016 revenue: $2.6 million
    •    2016 Inc. 5000 rank: 1,611

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