There is often more to area businesses than their balance sheets. Many local companies boast interesting histories and impressive accomplishments. Here are some noteworthy facts about this year’s Top Workplaces and the people who lead those companies.
• Battelle & Battelle LLP was founded in 1913 by Louis G. Battelle, who in 1916 became the first Dayton resident to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA Certificate No. 163).
• CACI Inc., an information technology company with offices in Dayton, Fairborn and Beavercreek, was named to Fortune magazine’s 100 Most Admired Companies list in 2012.
• Dayton Children’s last year had 1,091 volunteers who worked more than 63 hours, delivering nearly $1.4 million in value.
• Incarnation School, a Catholic school in Centerville, is a two-time winner of the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. The award is presented by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of academic achievement.
• LJB Inc., a Miamisburg engineering firm, has recently expanded into global markets that include projects in Bahrain, Bhutan, Guam, Korea, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.
• Marion’s Piazza was ranked second in the nation among independent pizza restaurants in 2011 by Pizza Today magazine.
• Greg McAfee started McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning Co. in 1990 with $274 and a used truck. The company last year reported revenues of $5.4 million.
• Northwestern Mutual’s financial representative internship program was ranked first in the insurance industry and 23rd overall in the nation by BusinessWeek magazine.
• Peerless Technologies Corporation, a Fairborn engineering and information technology firm, was the first Ohio-based company to win a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
• Rieck Services, a Dayton heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company, was founded in 1892 and is currently owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Rieck family.
• Sogeti USA’s symbol is the red spade because the ace of spades is the highest card value in Bridge, a game often played by company founder Serge Kampf. Red was selected to represent the dynamic enthusiasm that Kampf wanted in the company.
• The Connor Group, a Centerville real estate investment firm, has grown over 20 years from zero dollars in assets to $1.4 billion.
• The Hospice of Dayton Inc. was one of the first freestanding hospice houses in the nation and has been used as a model on a number of occasions.
• Woodhull LLC, a Springboro business services firm, was the inaugural winner of the Renaissance Award presented in 2012 by business machines distributor Ricoh Corp.
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