What are Wisconsin’s fastest-growing companies? Here’s who made the Inc. 5000

SwanLeap co-founders Brad Hollister (left) and Jason Swanson (right).
SwanLeap co-founders Brad Hollister (left) and Jason Swanson (right) at 2018 Inc. 5000 gala.
By Sarah Hauer | jsonline.com

Four Wisconsin companies are among the 500 fastest-growing companies in the country, according to Inc. magazine. 

The annual Inc. 5000, released Wednesday, ranks privately held companies based on revenue growth over the previous three years. 

Madison-based logistics and transportation company SwanLeap was the highest Wisconsin company on the list, at 35. The 38-employee company ended 2018 with $162.6 million in revenue, according to the magazine. It grew 6,383% in the past three years. 

SwanLeap topped the list in 2018 with 75,661% growth. Brad Hollister founded the company in 2013. 

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Fetch Rewards, a software company based in Madison, came in at No. 68 with 4,323% growth. Two businesses in the state’s craft beer industry also made it into the top 500 fastest-growing companies. Octopi Brewing in Waunakee ranked 160, and Milwaukee’s Spike Brewing Equipment took No. 426. 

Advertising and marketing company Freestar took the No. 1 spot on the 2019 list. The Phoenix-based business had 36,680% growth over the past three years. 

Forty-nine Wisconsin companies made the lnc. 5000, including another four in the top 1,000:

503. Coulee Techlink, software, Holmen

571. The Digital Ring, advertising and marketing, Madison

645. Driftless Glen Distillery, food and beverage, Baraboo

850. TESCHGlobal, IT management, Grafton

Sarah Hauer can be reached at shauer@journalsentinel.com or on Instagram @HauerSarah and Twitter @SarahHauer. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter Be MKE at jsonline.com/bemke

Originally posted here: https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2019/08/14/inc-5000-lists-49-wisconsin-companies-swanleap-first-state/2009150001/

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