Inc. Magazine ranked Uckele Health & Nutrition number 3,640 on the Inc. 500/5000 2013 listing of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs.
Mike Uckele, CEO of Uckele Health & Nutrition in Blissfield, Mich., is honored to be listed for the fifth year in a row. "The dedicated team focus and talent that Uckele associates bring to their jobs every day has definitely been the driving force behind our success. The honor of meeting the challenge that places us on this elite list of powerhouses for the fifth consecutive year inspires us to keep raising the bar."
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year's list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion. 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 inc.com/5000. In a letter of congratulation to Uckele, Inc. magazine's editor in chief Eric Schurenberg said, "Make no mistake: The Inc. 5000 was harder to get into this year than ever in its history. The median company on the list increased sales more than 140 percent since the start of 2010, while the average honoree grew a mind-boggling 468 percent. These are results most companies could only dream of in the economy of the past three years."
The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2009 to 2012. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent-not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies-as of December 31, 2012. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 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 inc.com/500.