From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Three Augusta companies on the Inc. 5000

A couple of local companies are still making ink on the Inc. 5000.

 

MAU Workforce Solutions, EDTS and ESi are becoming perennials on Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing companies. And two of them are ranking higher this year.

 

MAU Workforce Solutions, a staffing agency that provides workers for companies such as BMW, placed 2,530, a 681 spot jump from last year. Over three years, the company experienced 96 percent growth and had $208 million in revenue in 2011.

 

A few spots above, at 2,562, is EDTS, an Augusta network security firm, which had $6 million in revenue in 2011. The 94 percent growth rate over three years is what placed it 883 spots higher in the newest list.

 

ESi, a creator of real-time communications software for crisis management, placed 3,659. The Augusta company had $15 million in revenue last year and posted 48 percent growth.

 

Inc. magazine will have the 500 in the print edition, so you need to go to the web to find the 5,000.

 

Tops in Georgia, at 3, is a firm in Alpharetta, Edge Solutions, that provides cloud computing and similar data management. South Carolina’s top high growth company is Wireless Communications in Greenville, ranked 25 overall.

 

 

SQUARE FILLING UP: Not long ago, it was just a big empty piece of ground where people flied model airplanes. There’s still space for the airplane enthusiasts, but now they have to dodge buildings.

 

Marshall Square near the Evans government campus is coming together as a commercial center. From our Columbia County bureau, I see that the large fitness center should be opening around Thanksgiving. The TaxSlayer tower is nearly ready. First Command Financial Planning opened earlier this year. And under construction is a dermotology office.

 

Chili’s finally has some company.

 

Marshall Square developer Don Lawrence is talking with other potential tenants for the remaining 16 acres.

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