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August 17, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Nineteen Knoxville area companies ranked on Inc. 5000 list

Nineteen Knoxville area companies made the latest listing of Inc. magazine’s 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S.

Announced at 7 a.m. EDT Tuesday morning, the new rankings include a number of previous winners as well as several new additions. They were part of 120 companies from across the Volunteer State to make Inc. magazine’s 2021 list. They reported a combined $5.0 billion in revenue, the addition of 10,531 jobs during the year, and a median growth rate of 171 percent.

There were a number of repeat winners from the Knoxville region.

  • As noted in our lead article in today’s edition of, Karen Coffey Coaching of Sevierville was the highest ranked company from the Knoxville region at #200 with a reported 2,181 percent growth rate over the three-year period. The company is a mentorship program for women in real estate.
  • Boston Government Services (BGS), the Oak Ridge-based company that has built a thriving national government services business from his adopted base of operations. BGS reported a 350 percent increase in three-year revenues and was the highest ranked repeat honoree at #1359.
  • Axle Logistics, a non-asset based, third-party logistics company with a focus on providing safe, reliable, advanced logistics services to a wide variety of customers throughout the continental U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It was ranked #1486 with 319 percent in revenue growth.
  • Call Center Sales Pro, based in Seymour, was recognized last year as ONE Business Solutions that is one of its subsidiaries. Ranked #1514 with 312 percent in growth, the company is a woman-owned and operated business that augment a business’ normal hours of operation, provides after-hours coverage, or a hybrid of both.
  • RDI Technologies Inc., Knoxville’s highest ranked growth company in 2020 at #301, came in this year at #2036 with a 217 percent growth rate. RDI Technologies uses its proprietary platform powered by Motion Amplification® to enable users to see and measure motion that is impossible to see with the human eye and could only be measured previously by contacting sensors.
  • RCN Technologies, the Knoxville-based company with a mission to make sense of communications for commercial, public sector, and non-profit organizations, placed #2600 with a 158 percent increase in revenue. We spotlighted the company in this March 2019 biz article.
  • Ole Smoky Distillery of Gatlinburg ranked #3112 with a 121 percent growth rate. Its product should be obvious to readers!
  • KaTom Restaurant Supply Inc., now a 13-time listee, ranked #3506, also with a 98 percent growth rate. No doubt that past 18 months and the havoc that the restaurant industry experienced took a toll on the Kodak-based company.
  • K & P Enterprises, another Knoxville company, came in at #3240 with 112 percent growth. The company provides sales, installation, and service for kitchen cabinet refacing, and closet organization systems for stores of a major national chain. We shared their remarkable up and down journey in this two-part (Part 1 and Part 2) biz series last year.
  • Priority Ambulance, a firm whose services should be obvious, ranked #4033 this year with 76 percent revenue growth.
  • Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions and its Powell location rounded-out the Knoxville companies at #4391 and a growth rate of 63 percent.

In addition, new to the list this time from the Knoxville area were:

  • Hydroviv of Knoxville placed #275 nationally. The provider of water filtering technology recorded three-year revenue growth of 1,682 percent.
  • Fidem Interop of Maryville ranked at #398. It provides specialized system integration services in the healthcare sector and reported 1,215 percent growth during the period.
  • AVERO Advisors, also of Maryville and ranked #721 with a reported 681 percent growth rate. We spotlighted the government-focused information technology company in this April 2020 biz article.
  • Two Roads, a Knoxville-based bookkeeping firm that also provides fractional Chief Financial Officer services, placed #2366 on the list with a reported 179 percent growth in revenue.
  • IB3 Global Solutions, an Oak Ridge-headquartered company that we spotlighted in this June 2020 biz article, placed #2386. The company provides services and solutions that reduce threats across the chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear spectrum.
  • Keystone Mortgage Group of Knoxville placed #3491 with a growth rate of 98 percent. According to the firm’s website, its focus it to “provide the people of Tennessee with a mortgage broker that isn’t just a loan store, but an ally, advocate and friend.”
  • Four Seasons Inc., a Knoxville-based mechanical and HVAC company, came in at #3697 with a 90 percent revenue increase.
  • PerfectServe, another Knoxville-headquartered company, helps facilitate communication between clinicians, patients, and their caregivers in a secure and convenient way. It ranked #3754 with 88 percent growth over the three years.

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