ABC Supply, Big Ass Fans moving up on list of fastest-growing companies

ABC Supply Co. and Big Ass Fan Company are familiar names in the rural builder industry but they have something else in common: they are both on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the nation, and they’re moving up.

ABC SuplyABC Supply, Beloit, Wis., has been on and off the list since 1984 when it was a 2-year-old company and had just 49 workers. Today it employs 6,759 workers and ranks number 3,341 on the list. It has experienced 58 percent growth in the past three years. It shot up 740 places over last year.

Big Ass Fan CompanyFor Big Ass Fans, Lexington, Ky., it’s the sixth consecutive year on the list and it moved up 700 places over last year’s listing, settling in at number 3,008 this year. Big Ass Fans has shown a 72 percent growth in revenue over the past three years. It now has 219 employees, adding 84 in the past three years.

In a stagnant economic environment, the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 list created more than 400,000 jobs over the past three years.

“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” advises Inc. Editor-in-Chief Eric Schurenberg.

This year’s honorees will attend the Inc. 500/5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, October 3-5, 2012, in Phoenix, Ariz. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, can be found at

About ABC Supply Co. Inc.
For 30 years, ABC Supply has been contractors’ partner in success. Headquartered in Beloit, Wis., it has more than 450 branches in 45 states and is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of siding, windows and other select exterior building products. Since its founding by Ken and Diane Hendricks in 1982, ABC Supply’s sole focus has been serving professional contractors – taking care of them better than any other distributor and offering the products, services and support they need to build their businesses. It accomplishes this by being an “employee-first’ company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed. For more information about ABC Supply Co., please visit its website:

About Big Ass Fans
Based in Lexington, Ky., the Big Ass Fan Company is the leading manufacturer of huge ceiling fans for large industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Big Ass Fans range in size from 5- to 24-feet in diameter, and use low-horsepower motors to generate energy-efficient air movement for large spaces. Big Ass Fans can be used year round to provide occupant comfort and energy savings. There are over 65,000 Big Ass Fans installed worldwide in applications such as manufacturing plants, distribution centers, horse arenas, dairy barns, stadiums, art galleries, restaurants, health clubs, zoos and homes. Product solutions include Yellow Jacket®, Pivot® and Pivot 180, Powerfoil® X2.0, Powerfoil® X2.0 Plus, Powerfoil® 8, Powerfoil® 8 Plus, Basic 6™, AirGo®, Element®, Isis® and the new Haiku® designed for residential spaces. For more information about Big Ass Fans, please visit the website at

The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 with 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit

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