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15 Knox area companies make Inc. 5000

This January, 2010, photo shows Acqua-Chem President and CEO David Gensterblum in his plant where they build water purification units for a variety of applications.

This January, 2010, photo shows Aqua-Chem President and CEO David Gensterblum in his plant where they build water purification units for a variety of applications. Aqua-Chem made the 2013 Inc. 5000 rankings.

Knoxville area companies had another strong showing on this year’s Inc. 5000. Fifteen  area companies made the 2013 list released this week.
The Inc. list ranks the fastest-growing private companies in the country based on percentage revenue growth for the most recent three years.
Digital marketing company Pyxl Inc. was the highest ranked among local companies and the 19th fastest-growing company in Tennessee.
“We believe our growth and success is a testament to our dedicated and hard working team and the partnerships we have built with our incredible clients. With continued innovation and diligence we envision even more growth and expansion in our future,” Pyxl President Josh Phillips said in a news release.
Pyxl, which designs and develops custom websites, web applications and mobile apps, had 299 percent growth in the previous three years with $2.8 million in revenues in 2012.
Local Inc. 5000 companies represent a variety of industries, including advertising, restaurant supply, employee staffing, trucking, digital security, manufacturing and rehabilitation services.
In order of their ranking, the other area companies on the 2013 Inc. 5000 are (unless noted companies are based in Knoxville): KaTom Restaurant Supply, Kodak; M Force Staffing; StaffSource; Best Drivers, Alcoa; Tillman Companies; Strategic Consulting Services, Oak Ridge; Functional Pathways; Sword & Shield Enterprise Security; DesignSensory; Wintellect; BrakeQuip, Alcoa; Aqua-Chem; Securities Services Network and Saratoga Technologies.
More than 80 Tennessee companies made the rankings, including 24 based in East Tennessee.
Click here for the full Inc. 5000 list.

Knoxville No. 6 on safe driving list — really

Knoxville has some of the safest drivers in the country, according to an Allstate Insurance Co.

The city ranks No. 6 on the America’s Best Drivers Report. Knoxville drivers “experience an auto collision” every 12.2 years, which is 18.3 percent less likely than the national average of every 10 years, Allstate says in a report released Thursday.

Sounds like a serious report, but it sort of makes me paranoid. It’s been a lot longer than 12 years since I’ve been in a wreck. Does that mean I’m due for a collision?

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