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Companies to Watch 2008

Aug 1st, 2010
AIT Laboratories
Michael Evans, President and CEO
Location: Indianapolis
AIT is an independent laboratory that provides forensic, pain management, clinical and pharmaceutical testing and analyses for clients nationwide.
Founded: 1990
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 147
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 168
http://www.aitlabs.com

LGC Associates LLC
George Lessmeister, President
Location: Carmel
A recruiting and staffing firm, LGC has two divisions: one focuses on the placement of hospitality workers, while the other specializes in business administration staffing.
Founded: 2003
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 44
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 58
http://www.lgcassociates.com

ANGEL Learning Inc.
Christopher Clapp, President and CEO
Location: Indianapolis
Educational institutions use ANGEL’s software to create and deliver interactive instruction—both online and face-to-face—and measure results.
Founded: 2000
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 83
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 121
http://www.angellearning.com

MainGate Inc.
David Moroknek, President and CEO
Location: Indianapolis
A business that began by selling T-shirts at an NHRA drag race, MainGate has evolved into a multifaceted event-merchandising and marketing company specializing in the sports world.
Founded: 1963
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 125
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 136
http://www.maingateinc.com

Backhaul Direct LLC
Gregory Harris, President
Location: Indianapolis
Backhaul Direct is a logistics, transportation and distribution company serving the entire United States, Canada and Mexico.
Founded: 2004
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 27
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 35
http://www.backhauldirect.com

Micropulse Inc.
Brian Emerick, President and CEO
Location: Columbia City
Focused on the orthopedic industry, Micropulse manufactures surgical instruments, implants and sterilization cases and trays.
Founded: 1988
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 140
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 151
http://www.micropulseinc.com

ChaCha
Scott Jones, CEO
Location: Carmel
A free mobile-answers service, ChaCha allows cell-phone users to text message or ask in conversational English any question and receive a text message answer within minutes.
Founded: 2006
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 84
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 73
http://www.chacha.com

Midwest Toxicology Services Inc.
Sharon Allen, President
Location: Indianapolis
In addition to managing substance-abuse programs, Midwest Toxicology Services conducts drug and alcohol testing for individuals and organizations.
Founded: 1992
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 66
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 77
http://www.midwesttoxicology.com

CIM Technology Solutions
Sue Gayman, CEO
Location: Columbus
From portable data projectors to digital classroom-response systems, CIM Technology Solutions provides audio-visual products and technical services to schools, churches and businesses.
Founded: 1983
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 76
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 86
http://www.cimav.com

Midwest Tube Mills Inc.
Richard Russell, CEO
Location: Madison
A manufacturer of steel tubing, MTM’s products can be found everywhere from sport facilities and agricultural fencing to furniture and housewares.
Founded: 1993
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 93
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 160
http://www.midwesttubemills.com

Compendium Software LLC
Chris Baggott, CEO and Co-Founder, and Ali Sales, president and Co-Founder
Location: Indianapolis
Doing business as Compendium Blogware, the company provides software to help organizations improve their online visibility and rankings in search engine results.
Founded: 2006
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 12
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 35
http://www.compendiumblogware.com

Mursix Corp.
Todd Murray, President
Location: Muncie
Mursix builds tools, dies and molds, and then uses them to produce components for a variety of markets, including automotive, appliance, aircraft, medical and electronics.
Founded: 1990
2007 full-time equivalent employees: Not Available
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: Not Available
http://www.twoson.com

Cook Biotech Inc.
Mark Bleyer, President
Location: West Lafayette
Cook Biotech designs, develops and manufactures tissue grafts that are used by surgeons to treat patients suffering from chronic wounds, hernias and other related conditions.
Founded: 1995
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 115
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 124
http://www.cookbiotech.com

Next Wave Systems LLC
John Crady, CEO
Location: Pekin
An engineering services company, Next Wave Systems designs and develops security and warfare-related systems.
Founded: 2005
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 16
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 29
http://www.nextwavesys.net

Custom Mechanical Systems Corp.
Mercedes Enrique, President and CEO
Location: Bargersville
CMS is a general contractor that provides services to the construction industry in historic renovation, demolition, mechanical and design-build projects.
Founded: 2004
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 39
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 41
http://www.cms-corporation.com

NTsupply.com
Todd Anthony, CEO
Location: Indianapolis
A family of specialty Web sites, NTsupply serves the construction trade and home improvement markets, selling HVAC, indoor air quality and energy conservation products.
Founded: 2003
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 14
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 16
http://www.ntsupply.com

Daman Products Co. Inc.
Larry Davis, President
Location: Mishawaka
A designer and manufacturer of hydraulic valve manifolds and related products, Daman is focused on continuous improvement and eliminating waste from systems.
Founded: 1976
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 110
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 116
http://www.daman.com

Officescape Inc.
Felix Tan, President
Location: Indianapolis
A provider of business suites and services, Officescape’s proprietary Webbased tools also enable its members to access advanced technology from home, such as Web and audio conferencing.
Founded: 2000
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 28
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 40
http://www.officescape.com

DyKnow LLC (DBA: Dynamic Knowledge Transfer LLC)
Laura Small, President
Location: Indianapolis
Doing business as Dynamic Knowledge Transfer, DyKnow creates education software that fosters interaction and minimizes electronic distraction in classrooms.
Founded: 2003
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 28
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 34
http://www.dyknow.com

Orthodynamics Co. Inc.
Andy Gigante, President and CEO/Owner
Location: Noblesville
A medical equipment brokerage, Orthodynamics supplies cardiovascular, orthopedic and assistive-technology products directly to patients.
Founded: 1997
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 7
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 8
http://www.od-inc.com

Elona Biotechnologies Inc.
Ron Zimmerman, President
Location: Greenwood
A contract research and product-development company, Elona Biotechnologies helps other companies develop complex ideas into viable products that are ready for clinical trials.
Founded: 1997
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 17
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 21
http://www.elonabiotech.com

Oxygen Education LLC
Joseph Kitterman, CEO
Location: Indianapolis
Through its proprietary technology, Oxygen Education creates and delivers distance-learning programs for advanced manufacturing workers, helping them master new skills.
Founded: 2001
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 24
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 54
http://www.o2ed.com

Endocyte Inc.
Ron Ellis, President and CEO
Location: West Lafayette
A biotech research laboratory, Endocyte has developed a novel technology to improve the safety and efficacy of existing drugs by targeting them directly to diseased cells.
Founded: 1995
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 51
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 59
http://www.endocyte.com

POLARIS Laboratories LLC
Bryan Debshaw, CEO
Location: Indianapolis
A leader in the fluid-analysis industry, POLARIS tests oils, coolants, fuels and water-based fluids to help customers decrease downtime and increase asset reliability and company profits.
Founded: 1999
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 110
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 120
http://www.polarislabs.com

Exacq Technologies Inc.
Dave Underwood, President
Location: Indianapolis
A developer of video management system (VMS) solutions for security and surveillance applications, Exacq’s open-architecture software enables customers to use components from various manufacturers.
Founded: 2002
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 17
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 21
http://www.exacq.com

Premiere Credit of North America LLC
David Hoeft, Co-Founder, and Todd Wolfe, Co-Founder
Location: Indianapolis
Premiere Credit is a national debt-collection agency that specializes in four areas: tax and municipalities, child support, and medical and student loans.
Founded: 1999
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 141
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 300
http://www.premierecredit.com

ExaroMed Inc.
Melinda Mascaro, CEO
Location: Carmel
ExaroMed offers marketing strategy, communications and implementation consulting services in the biopharmaceutical, life sciences, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
Founded: 2001
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 17
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 27
http://www.exaromed.com

ProCure Treatment Centers
Hadley Ford, CEO
Location: Bloomington
Partnering with private-practice radiation oncologists and community hospitals, ProCure is building and operating a network of proton therapy facilities for cancer treatment.
Founded: 2005
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 45
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 75
http://www.procurecenters.com

eXcellon Technologies Inc.
John Taller, President/Co-Owner and Frederic Perry, Co-Owner
Location: Fort Wayne
Serving commercial and military-aerospace customers, eXcellon Technologies makes electro-mechanical assemblies, cable assemblies and application-specific magnetic sensors.
Founded: 2001
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 73
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 86
http://www.excellontech.com

Professional Consultants Inc.
Alan Braun, Owner
Location: Evansville
A full-service engineering firm, PCI serves a diverse clientele and specializes in controls, facility management, mechanical processes, and power and energy management.
Founded: 1972
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 100
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 103
http://www.pcidesign.com

Falk-PLI Engineering & Surveying
Mike Falk, President
Location: Portage
Falk-PLI is an innovative engineering and surveying firm that specializes in precision measurement and alignment services for the industrial, civil and residential markets.
Founded: 1995
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 35
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 36
http://www.falk-pli.com

Quadraspec Inc.
Chad Barden, Chairman and CEO
Location: West Lafayette
Quadraspec produces blood-testing equipment for researchers to efficiently measure different protein interactions.
Founded: 2004
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 39
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 55
http://www.quadraspec.com

Hamilton Exhibits LLC
Dan Cantor, CEO
Location: Indianapolis
Hamilton Exhibits provides turnkey trade-show exhibit and event design services, along with integrated tools to help clients track return on investment.
Founded: 1947
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 92
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 92
http://www.hamilton-exhibits.com

Reel Time Logistics Inc.
Ryan Turner, President
Location: Terre Haute
Reel Time Logistics provides freight and expediting, warehousing, outsourcing, custom industrial packaging and project resource services.
Founded: 2004
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 36
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 52
http://www.reeltimelogistics.com

Helmer Inc.
David Helmer, President
Location: Noblesville
Helmer is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality laboratory equipment and refrigerated products to hospitals and blood centers worldwide.
Founded: 1976
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 132
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 149
http://www.helmerinc.com

Sensory Technologies
Anne Sellers, Managing Principal
Location: Indianapolis
A provider of audio-visual and videoconferencing systems, Sensory Technologies’ customized solutions help customers increase productivity and improve communications.
Founded: 2006
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 62
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 72
http://www.sensorytechnologies.com

Indianapolis Jet Center
Randy Keeker, President
Location: Indianapolis
Combining interior refurbishing with maintenance, repairs and equipment overhauls, IJC offers one-stop shopping for corporate aircraft.
Founded: 2004
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 81
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 76
http://www.indianapolisjetcenter.com

Simulex Inc.
Alok Chaturvedi, Founder and CEO
Location: West Lafayette
Simulex’s agent-based modeling technology helps government and business customers create an artificial world that mirrors their environment, enabling them to consider what-if scenarios and test theories, strategies, decisions and tools.
Founded: 1999
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 38
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 40
http://www.simulexinc.com

Information in Place Inc.
Sonny E. Kirkley, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO
Location: Bloomington
Information in Place provides intelligent-training tools and performance enhancement software solutions that improve productivity for its corporate and government clients.
Founded: 1999
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 16
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 27
http://www.infoinplace.com

The South Bend Chocolate Co.
Mark Tarner, President
Location: South Bend
In addition to its company-owned and franchise stores, this chocolate manufacturer wholesales its products to confectionery stores, gift shops, gourmet food stores and coffee shops throughout the country.
Founded: 1991
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 145
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 155
http://www.sbchocolate.com

Intercambio Express Inc.
Isaac Torres, President
Location: Goshen
Intercambio Express is a money transmitter company that specializes in wiring money to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Founded: 1999
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 44
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 53
http://www.intercambioexpress.com

T2 Systems Inc.
Mike Simmons, CEO
Location: Indianapolis
T2 Systems provides parking management systems, including software and services, for cities, hospitals, universities and airports across North America.
Founded: 1994
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 91
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 115
http://www.t2systems.com

JFNew & Associates
Will Ditzler, President and CEO
Location: Walkerton
A provider of ecological consulting and restoration services, JFNew operates one of the largest native plant nurseries in the Midwest with more than 355 species available.
Founded: 1989
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 145
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 147
http://www.jfnew.com

Univertical Corp.
Chuck Walker, Owner/CEO/President
Location: Angola
Univertical supplies premium chemicals, chemical solutions and anodes for the metal-plating industry.
Founded: 1938
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 47
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 53
http://www.univertical.com

Kountry Wood Products LLC
Ola Yoder, President and Owner
Location: Nappanee
Kountry Wood Products builds kitchen and bathroom cabinets along with complementary trim and accessories.
Founded: 1998
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 123
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 130
http://www.kountrywood.com

VMS
Mandy Moore, Principal Officer
Location: Indianapolis
A meeting, events and medical education firm, VMS assists Fortune 500 clients in venues ranging from 20,000-person entertainment events to satellite symposiums.
Founded: 1995
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 83
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 105
http://www.vmsconnect.com

Langham Logistics Inc.
Cathy Langham, President
Location: Indianapolis
Langham Logistics offers customers one-stop shopping for transportation, freight management, warehousing, fulfillment and distribution worldwide.
Founded: 1988
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 83
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 98
http://www.elangham.com

Warm Glow Candle Co.
Jackie Carberry, Owner
Location: Centerville
Warm Glow Candle produces a line of highly scented, long-lasting candles for the wholesale market, with both domestic andinternational customers.
Founded: 1995
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 40
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 48
http://www.warmglow.com

Lenex Steel Co.
Mike Berghoff, President
Location: Indianapolis
Lenex Steel designs, manufactures and installs structural steel used to construct office buildings, schools, hospitals and other public buildings.
Founded: 2003
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 83
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 86
http://www.lenexsteel.com

Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems (DBA: XADS)
Pete Bitar, President/CEO
Location: Anderson
A developer of directed energy and non-lethal weapons, XADS designs counter-IED (improvised explosive device) systems that can destroy roadside bombs and land mines without knowing their locations prior to detonation.
Founded: 2002
2007 full-time equivalent employees: 10
2008 full-time equivalent employees expected: 23
http://www.XtremeADS.com