SC 50 Fastest Growing CompaniesNov 04, 2022 03:39PM ● By David Dykes
South Carolina’s Fastest Growing Companies competition is the annual ranking of the Palmetto State’s 50 most dynamic and successful companies.
For the second year, the top 50 companies are recognized, up from 25 in previous years.
This event is presented by The Capital Corporation and co-sponsored by Integrated Media Publishing (publisher of Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Charleston Business Magazine), PNC Bank, and Quality Business Solutions.
To be eligible for the SC Fastest Growing Companies Award, a company must be headquartered in South Carolina and in business for at least three years, and show revenues of more than $3 million in the last fiscal year.
The companies are selected using a calculation based on year-over-year growth of revenue and employee headcount over the last three years.
More than 20 companies that made the list this year weren’t on the 2021 rankings, and this year’s top company, Industrial Project Innovation, was ranked No. 2 on last year’s list.
This year’s recipients were honored at a luncheon Oct. 24 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, where Alexis Garcin, president and CEO of Michelin North America Inc., was the keynote speaker.
1. Industrial Project Innovation Provides Construction Project Management
By David Dykes
Greenville-based Industrial Project Innovation is an owner’s project management (OPM) firm that provides construction management expertise to clients throughout their entire program life cycle from conception to operations.
Team members have extensive backgrounds in strategic and detailed planning, execution, startup, and maintenance of complex projects and facilities, both domestically and internationally.
Industrial Project Innovation is the No. 1 Fastest Growing Company in South Carolina, up from No. 2 in last year’s rankings.
The firm has a resource base of in excess of 400 people who have comprehensive experience providing full-service project delivery based on industry-leading practices. Firm officials focus on providing high-value support to clients through proactive leadership in all phases of a program or project.
They emphasize long-term relationships with project participants and work in multiple industries under the guiding principles of their core values: integrity, performance, and family and community.
The organization has earned an excellent reputation due to its business ethics, depth of experience, and the value it brings to projects. Team members take a collaborative approach to construction management and work with clients from concept to operations to ensure satisfaction with the finished product and functionality for their business.
Operations and maintenance.
“Our clients count on us to think creatively and provide solutions in an industry that is constantly evolving,” firm officials say. “Our teams consistently strive to do more for our clients. We are responsive to our clients’ needs and highly focused on meeting our commitments.”
A safety-driven mindset for every action is critical to their success, the officials say. “It drives how we plan and organize our projects to create a clean and safe environment for the team.”
Their integrity, they add, depends on “doing what we say we will do when we commit to doing it.”
They also encourage a healthy work-life balance. “We are good citizens of our communities and feel that giving back at home and at our project sites is imperative,” the officials say. “This approach promotes an open, stimulating, and fun work environment.”
For businesses in a growth mode, the officials advise to “Think big but set milestone goals in order to track progress. Mind overheads in growth times in order to be sustainable in slower times. Keep a close tab on market conditions.”
Says Kevin Ball, company president: “The success of IPI is really based on the quality of people that we have working for us. They have tremendous talent. They’re technically very sound. They work hard. They have a great way of building relationships with our clients. In addition to that, our clients have entrusted us with their projects, and we’ve been very successful as a result of those two things.”
2. FLEXSPACE Grows by Branching Out Into Other Arenas
By Donna Isbell Walker
FLEXSPACE, based in Charleston, is all about helping clients optimize space.
The company, which provides storage, as well as mobile racking and logistical support for warehouses, has branched out into cold storage for food, and its sister company, FLEXCOLD, is based at the Port of Jacksonville in Florida. FLEXSPACE is also expanding in Charleston, Norfolk, Rock Hill, and Newark.
Founded in 2014, FLEXSPACE is the second-fastest-growing company in South Carolina, up from No. 4 in last year’s rankings. FLEXCOLD began operations in August 2022.
“Our specialty is food logistics. That said, we’re optimizing space and efficiencies of labor and land scarcity,” said Todd Jessup, the company’s president. “Those are the themes of what we do. It’s asset optimization of warehouse space.”
While Covid-19 created an upheaval in every aspect of American society and business, the pandemic opened new doors for FLEXSPACE, Jessup said in an interview at the company’s downtown Charleston headquarters.
“I look at it as opportunity,” he said. “Covid really ignited (issues of) supply chain, automation, labor, inefficiencies, cost of construction to build these facilities. Every single layer and indicator and what you would consider when you go to develop a new facility, what we do solves that problem. It really created an opportunity for our business.”
In the early days of the pandemic, there were challenges, especially in connection with labor and travel, but Jessup found that his company’s services were more in demand than ever.
But as pandemic progressed, the upheaval presented the “opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.
“There’s always winners and losers when events occur, and we definitely found ourselves in a lane in which what we do – we’re selling a product and providing a service – we’re solving problems that companies didn’t even know they had. Margins are getting squeezed, you’re handling food, labor is tough to find,” he said.
While those challenges existed before Covid, the pandemic magnified them.
The prospects that developed in the wake of Covid included the launch of FLEXCOLD, which helped the company expand into other locations.
“It has exploded the opportunity to where our first beta type of test was Port of Jacksonville, and now we’re developing in Charleston. We’re developing in Rock Hill, we’re developing in Port of Norfolk, we’re looking at Newark. The West Coast disruption of the ports and the movement of material and the product and the food … now it’s about having the right people to execute it.”
Jessup grew up in the Virginia Beach area and fell in love with the Lowcountry while attending College of Charleston. He worked in Texas and Georgia before returning to Charleston and founding FLEXSPACE.
While the company is based in the Lowcountry, FLEXSPACE hasn’t done as much in Charleston as in other places.
Even so, the growth of Charleston “helps us from the recruitment side, and employment,” he said. “Our business has really been nationally, and we’ve done some work in Mexico and Canada. We do have a project coming up in Charleston. However, up until now, all of our work has been outside of Charleston.”
The work the company has done in Europe over the years gave Jessup a close-up look at how other countries deal with constraints such as land scarcity and labor issues, which helped FLEXSPACE prepare for the labor and supply-chain issues that have surfaced in the past two years in the United States.
Seeing what Europe went through helped Jessup push for innovation in the warehouse and logistics arenas and helped lead to the development of FLEXCOLD.
The technology behind cold storage of food hadn’t changed much in recent decades, and the equipment in warehouses was aging, so the industry was ripe for a new approach, he said.
“Our core competency is the technology inside,” Jessup said, adding that the company’s innovation was to update the infrastructure surrounding the cold storage facilities.
And while warehouses and food storage are the primary drivers of FLEXSPACE’s business, the company also works with clients in such areas as aerospace, vertical farming, and the paper industry.
Jessup’s vision for the future of FLEXSPACE includes building on company’s work in food logistics, being involved in every step of the process that takes food from the farm to the customer’s home.
“We’re going all the way back to, where does it begin and where does it end, and how do we play a role in more efficiently doing that.”
3. Pandemic Brought Challenges, Opportunities to Luxor Scientific
By Donna Isbell Walker
Luxor Scientific, a medical testing and research laboratory, was founded in 2016. Four years later, the Covid-19 pandemic added a new component to the company’s arsenal, when demand skyrocketed for testing for the deadly coronavirus.
Luxor Scientific is the third-fastest-growing company in South Carolina, up from No. 5 in last year’s rankings.
Since the beginning, the company has focused on testing for infectious diseases, as well as hematology and chemistry testing, testing of toxicology to support pain clinics and addiction clinics, and genetic analysis to test for other types of diseases, said Ryan Flanagan, Luxor’s CEO.
Luxor processes up to 400,000 specimens per month from its state-of-the-art laboratory in Greenville.
“We focus on tests where we can apply better science and better service to deliver accurate results in a timely manner,” Flanagan said. “That allows us to deliver information about a patient to a provider, and they can have a more accurate diagnosis and treat the patient faster. The patient stays better longer, and they’re happier, and that also results in a lower total cost of health care.”
In the past two years, Covid-19 forced a change in just about every aspect of society, business and health care, and the challenges for Luxor Scientific were great, especially in the early days of the pandemic.
“Our business was cut in half when clinics closed due to Covid,” he said. “We immediately refocused our team on developing other types of tests, including Covid testing. We applied for a PPP loan, the biggest one we could. We got that, and we used that to fund our employees and … within a month we were able to offer Covid testing to South Carolina through DHEC.”
Through DHEC, Luxor administered millions of Covid tests over the past two years.
Luxor operates around the clock seven days a week, and its turnaround time for reporting test results is 14-24 hours, which Flanagan said is “industry-leading performance.”
Flanagan’s background is in mechanical engineering; prior to Luxor, he spent 25 years working for Sealed Air Corporation, finishing up his tenure there as president of the product care division.
Marion Snyder, Ph.D., is the company’s Chief Science Officer, leading Luxor’s team of laboratory scientists. Snyder taught at Harvard Medical School and led labs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts and Greenville Hospital System, now Prisma Health.
Flanagan attributes the company’s success to several factors.
“First of all, some good planning and focus and execution, but also being agile,” he said. “We are fast and flexible, so we had to adjust to changing business conditions, and that has been one of the key things that has allowed us to be successful, but by far the most important thing is the value of our team and the capability of our team. We have an amazing group of scientists with significant education and experience running and building, operating laboratories, and we’ve just added to that some simple business strategy, planning, and execution.”
4. iTrust Wellness Group
Steven Krozer, CEO
iTrust Wellness Group offers psychiatric medication management and therapy to individuals aged 15-75, with office locations in Greenville and Seneca, South Carolina. They provide comprehensive mental health and wellness evaluations through in-person and telehealth appointments. Practitioners treat a wide variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, and more. They also provide a variety of services including genetic testing, medication-assisted treatment, and their treatment plans include natural remedies such as vitamins and supplements.
5. Blue Sky Specialty Pharmacy
Curt Nesbitt, CEO
The team members at Blue Sky Specialty Pharmacy see themselves as partners in care, believing that everyone deserves access to the medications they need. The company uses technology to help patients, physicians, payers, and pharmaceutical manufacturers meet their evolving needs. The pharmacy streamlines, centralizes, and personalizes communication to keep patients informed, supported, and empowered in every step of their healthcare journey.
6. Floyd Lee Locums
Natasha Lee, co-founder and CEO
Matt Floyd, co-founder and chairman of the board
Floyd Lee Locums is a concierge healthcare staffing firm focused on offering physicians and advanced practice providers a stress-free job search and placement experience. As a partner to clinicians looking for a different way of working, the company offers freedom and flexibility in how providers practice, while delivering personalized amenities and support. As a staffing partner focused on demand planning and contingent workforce solutions, tailored to each organization, Floyd Lee Locums focuses on an end-to-end placement experience, with a single point of contact.
7. Robbins Construction Group
Derek Robbins, president and CEO
Thomas Robbins, business development manager
Robbins Construction Group, a commercial general contractor, has a team of professionals working to build strong relationships through a client-focused approach. They work to complete projects ahead of schedule and under budget while delivering directional guidance throughout the entire construction process. Additionally, Robbins Construction Group is a full-service design-build construction firm, focusing on the site selection, preconstruction, and project management.
8. Diversified Medical Healthcare
Kevin Murdock, CEO
Diversified Medical Healthcare is a holding company headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, with locations throughout the nation. Offering fast service, cutting-edge innovation, and leading technologies, DMH companies work to deliver the latest in effective healthcare solutions. Founded in 2011, DMH companies specialize in clinical diagnostics, medical supply and equipment distribution, sterile medical manufacturing, and medical software. DMH's South Carolina-based companies include Premier Medical Laboratory Services, CPT Medical, Vessel Medical, and OnGen. Companies in other states include Meta Lab Dx, Synapse Analytical Laboratory, The American Genetics Institute, First Medical Laboratory Services, and Dynasty Medical Laboratory Services.
9. Sunny Days Entertainment
Melvin Wells, CEO
Sunny Days Entertainment, LLC, based in Simpsonville, is a leading supplier, distributor, and manufacturer of branded and licensed products across multiple categories with a special focus on providing fun and affordable toys for children. The company was founded in 2012, and its popular toy lines include Maxx Action, Honey Bee Acres, Maxx Bubbles, Poptopia, and Giggle Zone.
10. Jordon Construction Company
James Jordon, president
Jordon Construction Company is an SBA certified 8(a) and HUBZone, minority-owned firm specializing in construction and facility support services for private, public, and government clients. The company’s project history includes new construction, design-build, interior renovation and upfit, building and equipment maintenance, warranty compliance, janitorial services, and grounds maintenance. JCC also is committed to the enrichment of the communities where team members live and work, as evidenced by partnerships with the Urban League of the Upstate, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, the Junior Achievement Program, and internship programs with several local colleges and universities.
11. National Land Realty
Jason Walter, CEO
National Land Realty specializes in farm, ranch, recreational, timber, country estates, solar, and commercial development properties. The company has land listings around the United States and abroad. Agents offer local expertise, with the support of a national network.
12. Preferred Home Services
Chris DiCampli and Kyle Geiger, co-owners
Founded in 2014 by Dave Geiger with his son Kyle Geiger and son-in-law Chris DiCampli, Preferred Home Services is a customer-centric model of best-in-industry plumbing, electrical, and HVAC repair and replacement. With locations in the Upstate and Lowcountry of South Carolina, Preferred works to provide a responsive, courteous, and professional home service experience. The company has completed more than 100,000 jobs.
13. Bolloré Logistics
Tyler Smith, regional director for the Southeast
Bolloré Logistics Charleston was established in July 2016. The company has presence in all USA air, ocean, and border ports, and offers end-to-end supply chain solutions to clients, including air and ocean freight, project cargo, ground and cross border, customs brokerage, and USA inland transport solutions.
14. TerraStride Inc.
C. Lanford Holloway, CEO and founder
TerraStride designs and produces software for high-value niche markets. The company’s most popular product is HuntStand, a leading-edge hunting and land management software package. HuntStand has been downloaded more than 6 million times and has 2 million active users.
15. Clear Touch
Keone Trask, CEO
Tamara Trask, COO
Clear Touch, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, is a global manufacturer of interactive touch panels, as well as accessories and software solutions for education, government, and business. Clear Digital is an affiliate brand that specializes in digital signage solutions. Clear Touch believes in harnessing technology in the classroom or workplace environment that will get people working together and connecting with others thoughtfully and creatively. Their products and software are designed to help clients keep up with the demands of a digital world and an ever-changing landscape of workplace culture and collaboration by interacting differently with technology to get better results.
16. NLJ Ventures, LLC
Lee Johnson, president and founder
Take 5 Oil Change is a drive-through car service that provides basic automotive maintenance while the customer stays in their car. Take 5 Oil Change was founded in Louisiana by Monty Montgomery, Lee Johnson’s grandfather. Johnson grew up working in the stores for his grandfather, and he founded NLJ Ventures soon after attending Clemson University. Johnson signed an area development agreement with his grandfather to open the first non-company-owned store in 2010. NLJ has since grown to 10 ground-up locations around the Upstate and York County with additional sites under development. Take 5 Oil Change as a whole has grown to over 600 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
17. Blue Haven Pools & Spas
Brian and Rob Peppin, owners
In the last 25 years, Blue Haven Pools has built 90,000 pools nationwide, many of them in South Carolina. With offices in Charleston, Rock Hill, and a new location in Greenville, Blue Haven designs, builds, and renovates custom pools and spas. The company also has a large service department that performs weekly maintenance for pool owners.
18. JEAR Logistics, LLC
Mark Neumeyer, CEO
Stephen Miller, president
Founded in 2007, JEAR Logistics, LLC is a third-logistics firm that specializes in the moving and transportation of goods. The company focuses on the refrigerated sector of the 3PL industry. Among JEAR Logistics’ technological innovations is a custom-built load board that the company fully controls.
19. Thorne Ambulance Service
Ryan Thorne, founder and CEO
Bart Thorne, co-founder
Thorne Ambulance Service is a family-owned and -operated Advanced Life Support ambulance provider headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. As one of the fastest-growing ambulance providers in South Carolina, TAS utilizes a patient-driven and goal-oriented approach. Utilizing the latest in EMS technology, the organization places great emphasis on maintaining a strong culture of safety, and continuously seeks opportunities to advance the mobile medical profession.
20. Jeff Cook Enterprises
Jeff Cook, CEO
Jeff Cook Real Estate specializes in residential real estate and has been No, 1 in sales in Charleston since 2011. The team has been growing since 2015 and now includes over 200 members. In 2021, Jeff Cook Real Estate worked with more than 1,600 families among the company’s Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Rock Hill, Myrtle Beach, and Columbia offices.
21. PrideStaff of Greenville
Gary Brons, owner and strategic partner
PrideStaff of Greenville is a locally owned and operated staffing company. The company specializes in the placement of light industrial and office clerical positions for many companies in the Upstate. PrideStaff works to keep a pulse on market trends, including pay ranges for various positions. The company is a member of PrideStaff, a national franchised staffing organization with over 85 offices and over 5,000 clients. PrideStaff has more than $100 million in annual revenues and has earned Best of Staffing Awards for both client and talent satisfaction for 13 consecutive years.
22. The Stanley Law Group
Mark Stanley and Ronald Stanley, co-owners
The Stanley Law Group is composed of a group of attorneys who have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, along with a staff that prides themselves on being honest, aggressive, competent, and dependable. The Stanley Law Group handles catastrophic injury cases, including injuries resulting from auto accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, premises liability, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.
23. Stokes & Company, CPAs
Stephen Stokes, president
Stokes & Company, CPAs is a certified professional accounting firm offering a variety of accounting, payroll, and tax services to companies of all sizes and industries as well as individuals through four locations across Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. Stokes' accounting services are designed to relieve clients of day-to-day paperwork.
24. Sands Investment Group
Chris Sands, founder and CEO
Liz Sands, founder
Sands Investment Group is a commercial real estate company specializing in the buying and selling of investment properties for private investors and institutions nationwide. The company’s brokers work in everything from restaurants to retail and more. The company has completed more than 3,800 transactions in 48 states, with $7.4 billion in triple-net-lease real estate transactions.
25. Logisticus Group
Will Stephan, co-founder
Vikash Patel, co-founder
Founded in 2012, Logisticus Group is a privately owned
limited liability company (LLC) that specializes in transportation logistics,
civil engineering, project management, and technology. In 2017, the company was
certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the Carolinas-Virginia Minority
Supplier Development Council, an affiliate of NMSDC.
26. Warehouse Services, Inc.
M. Jill Cox, chief executive officer
Founded in 1986 with corporate headquarters in Piedmont, South Carolina, Warehouse Services, Inc. is a WBE-certified, asset-based supply chain solutions provider. WSI operates in 20 states and two Canadian provinces and has over 4,200 employees. Its transportation fleet includes 635 power units, 3,150 dry van trailers, 410 intermodal containers, and 225 dry bulk tankers.
27. Butcher Shoppe International LLC (The New York Butcher Shoppe)
Jim Tindal and Todd Prochaska, partners
The New York Butcher Shoppe serves and sells hand-cut, certified Angus beef steaks, entrees, side dishes, fresh salads, dips, and more. The company says it provides a quality that you would expect from a neighborhood grocer but rarely find at specialty markets. New York Butcher Shoppe operates both corporate and franchise locations across South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arizona, and soon to open in Tennessee.
28. Cantey Foundation Specialists
William Cantey, owner
Cantey Foundation Specialists is a foundation repair company in Camden, South Carolina, providing residential foundation repair services for bowing foundation walls, foundation settlement, tilting chimneys, sticking doors and windows, and tilting or leaning walls. Company officials say they strive to give customers what they want, going above and beyond their expectations with the goal of high-quality, long-lasting results.
29. AMEC, LLC
Susan Lindsey, owner and CEO
AMEC, LLC is a 100 percent woman-owned and -operated business located in Greenville, South Carolina. The company is industrial electrical contractor serving clients in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Their business includes installing or upgrading service entrances, power distribution, LED lighting upgrades, and facility maintenance and repairs.
30. STAR EV
Jane Zhang, CEO
From the beginning, STAR’s strategic goal has been to foster an innovative business culture where they design, build, and deliver market-leading products to customers in the global market. The STAR EV lineup has grown to include more than 50 models, and the company’s low-speed vehicles are used on university campuses, resort properties, military bases, and government and commercial headquarters. The vehicles are built at the company’s facility in Greenville, South Carolina.
31. Chronic Care Staffing
Cas Danielowski, CEO
Chronic Care Staffing, founded in 2015, provides outsourced virtual care management services, specializing in Medicare's Chronic Care Management program. The company’s clients range from small primary health care practices to large health systems. CCS is a sister company of Joint Commission-certified Millenia Medical Staffing and has access to a network of nurses across the United States. CCS is a clinically based company that focuses strictly on patient care.
32. Flare Media Agency
Alley Cutter, partner
Anne Young, partner
Dianne Zukowsky, partner
Flare Media is a digital advertising agency that specializes in developing target audience profiles, paid advertising solutions, and ROI tracking for its clients. The company was founded on the values of positivity, presence, and passion. These values support Flare’s mission of helping brands achieve meaningful interactions with their target audiences, using innovative technology, comprehensive research, and superior digital media experience.
33. Matt O’Neill Real Estate
Matt O’Neill, CEO
Matt O’Neill started his real estate business after spending three years as a copier salesman in Colorado. He decided to relocate to the Lowcountry after vacationing in Charleston. O’Neill began developing his real estate system after visiting some of the best Realtors and top-producing real estate agents in the country. He compiled some of the best techniques and tactics he learned to create the Matt O'Neill Marketing System. He began Matt O'Neill Real Estate based on his system that he taught to the agents he hired.
34. OTO Development
Todd Turner, CEO
OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, is an award-winning hotel development and hospitality management company. Founded in 2004 and partnering with the Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott brands, OTO's industry leadership position is anchored by a portfolio of hotels. The company owns and/or operates approximately 70 hotels comprising approximately 9,600 room keys. OTO's growth is focused on developing new hotels in high-barrier-to-entry markets, purchasing and repurposing existing hotel properties, and expanding management contracts with clients ranging from publicly traded REITs to private equity firms to high-net-worth individuals.
35. Integrated Biometrics
Shawn O’Rourke, CEO
Integrated Biometrics, a pioneer in biometric fingerprint technology, designs and manufactures advanced, high-resolution touchless and FBI-certified contact identity solutions for government, law enforcement, military, social services, and a wide range of commercial applications. Integrated Biometrics says that its lightweight scanners, supported by patented light-emitting sensor technology, outperform traditional fingerprint devices in size, power consumption, portability, and reliability. Global organizations use IB’s products to enroll and verify identities quickly and accurately, even in remote locations under extreme conditions.
Kelly Owens, owner and CEO
Chad Owens, co-owner
Marleylilly is an ecommerce monogramming and personalized gift boutique. Established in 2010 and based in Greenville County, South Carolina, Marleylilly’s product line features monogrammed and personalized clothing, gifts, accessories, and jewelry. From day one, Marleylilly has focused on three areas: quick order fulfillment, customer service, and high-quality products that feature timeless designs. Company leaders have consistently modified fulfillment processes and have invested in programs and features that allow them to grow and improve.
37. Elite Home Care, Daycenters and Transportation
Andrew Martin, co-founder
Chris Russo, co-founder
Andrew Martin and Chris Russo were college roommates in 2001. More than a decade later, Martin suggested a business that would work to end preventable visits to the emergency room, an idea that evolved into a company that would help to protect South Carolina’s vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities. They first founded Elite In-Home Caregiving, followed by Elite Day Centers, which offers a safe place to spend the day with socialization, additional nursing, and a lower cost than individual care at home. The fleet of 75 vehicles provides door-to-door service to the company’s day centers and trips for those who only need a ride to a doctor appointment or pharmacy.
38. Air Compressor Services
Neal Shade, founder
Founded in 2012, Air Compressor Services is a manufacturer and supplier of parts and services for all major air compressors. ACS distributes oil and lubricants as well as air compressor parts like air filters, oil filters, separators, and oil. It also services enterprise-level industrial facilities with scheduled preventative maintenance as well as repairs and rebuilds of entire air compressor units. In 2022, ACS made the Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing private companies in America.
39. Solutions ITW, LLC
Elias Bustos, CEO
Founded in 2006, Solutions ITW works with thrift retailers on implementing donated goods management solutions to meet the challenges unique to their businesses. They work with partners to configure a system that allows them to manage their donated goods operations the way they need to be managed. The system walks employees through best practices and helps to enforce retail processes, allowing partners to realize strong ROIs much more quickly.
Brad Ebenhoeh, CEO and partner
Meredith Ebenhoeh, COO and partner
Accountfully is an outsourced accounting firm founded in 2012, with offices in Charleston, South Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee. It serves as a full-service accounting team, working as bookkeepers, accountants, CFOs, controllers, and CPAs for modern businesses. In addition to assisting with day-to-day accounting tasks, Accountfully also serves as a long-term strategic partner to help businesses navigate complex financial challenges and opportunities.
41. ProGrin Dental
Brent Ayers, COO
Gregory Ayers, CEO
ProGrin Dental strives to provide clients with the “perfect patient experience.” To that end, they offer many ways to help patients feel relaxed, including a complimentary comfort menu with blankets, headphones, and pillows. They serve fresh cookies and coffee in their office, as well as comfort measures such as sedation and laughing gas. There’s also a therapy dog on staff.
42. SEJ Services LLC
Brandon Schneider, owner and CEO
SEJ Services LLC is a privately owned commercial janitorial and facility services company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 2011, the company provides services to facilities across the Southeast, including office, industrial, manufacturing, healthcare, and educational facilities. SEJ Services’ goal is to partner with customers to be most trusted choice for janitorial and facility services throughout the Southeast.
43. Chancel Construction, Inc.
McKenzie Jordan, president
Company leaders say they have based their business on the values of honesty and integrity. The firm was founded by a faith-filled family whose commitment to higher standards still defines their approach to business. They work to be respectful and responsible in all of their dealings. The company motto is “Upfront In All We Do".
44. Global Lending Services
Steve Thibodeau, CEO
GLS is an auto finance lender based in Greenville, South Carolina, whose mission is to help provide affordable transportation to families nationwide. With one-third of all households not having access to prime credit, getting an auto loan can be challenging. GLS was built from the idea that by innovating through technology and analytics, they can help more families get access to affordable transportation.
Ben Leinster, CEO
For over three decades, AFF | Group has pushed the envelope of where and how laminated textiles, coated fabrics, foam, and other advanced materials are experienced underfoot, overhead, and overall. AFF stands for American Foam and Fabric. The company’s business began with automotive aftermarket interiors and has grown to include manufacturing and distribution solutions from local market distributors to leading global brands.
46. Eye Health America
Mary Lou Parisi, co-CEO
John Swencki, co-CEO
Eye Health America was established in 2018 by LLR Partners to support the expansion of leading eye care practices in the Southeastern U.S. through both organic growth and acquisition initiatives. Led by an experienced team of eye care industry leaders with over 100 years of combined practice management experience, EHA partners with eye care practices and ambulatory surgery centers in the region to offer full-service, integrated eye care. With a focus on the Southeast, EHA provides strategic and operational support to practice groups and ambulatory surgery centers, enabling them to focus on delivering the highest standards of clinical care and patient satisfaction while meeting a rapidly growing need for eye care.
47. Echerer Painting Contractor, Inc.
Larry Echerer, president and CFO
Todd Warren, vice president and director of operations
Echerer is a commercial and industrial painting contractor, and it has extensive experience with churches, healthcare facilities, high-tech institutions, and industrial facilities. The company has also performed new or refurbish work in all manner of offices: medical, attorneys, insurance, telecommunications, hospitality centers, theaters, industrial plants, and even ballparks.
48. New South Construction Supply
Jim Sobeck, president and CEO
New South Construction Supply is a distributor of construction products, primarily concrete, masonry, and waterproofing materials. The company is based in Greenville, South Carolina, and has 10 locations in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Founded in 1981, New South supplies contractors in the United States and abroad.
49. Plus-Plus USA
Ryan Hamilton, co-founder and head of operations and product development
Bret Faber, co-founder and head of sales
Plus-Plus USA fuels creative play for kids and “kidults” through a broad range of colorful toys. Founded in 2016 by Greenville native Ryan Hamilton and his business partner Bret Faber, Plus-Plus USA has grown to 12 employees in its South Carolina headquarters and 11 employees in its sales office in Ohio. Plus-Plus USA recently made its debut on the Inc 5000 list at No. 985. The company’s award-winning products can be found in retailers across South Carolina, from museums and zoos to local toy and book stores.
50. Interim Healthcare of the Upstate and Midlands
Charles McDonough, CEO
Interim HealthCare of the Upstate and Midlands, which
was founded in 1979 to bring in-home health care to South Carolina residents,
has as its mission, “honoring God through the enrichment of human life.”
Interim offers a full continuum of care – home health, hospice, and personal
care. The home health team comprises skilled clinicians such as registered
nurses, therapists, social workers, and aides who work with patients and
families to learn and better manage their disease and recovery. They offer
end-of-life care through the hospice team and customizable personal care
services such as transportation to and from medical appointments, light
housekeeping, medication assistance, bathing,