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Spokane Firms Fit Into State’s Top 150 A Dozen Local Private Companies Are Among State’s Biggest

A dozen Spokane-area businesses have repeated on an annual list of the Washington’s largest 150 private companies, with most of them faring better than a year ago.

Ten of 12 Spokane companies were ranked higher than last year, reflecting greater sales and the absence of some large companies who declined to participate or failed to qualify for the survey of private companies.

Rankings are based on fiscal 1996 revenues and taken from a survey of 1,100 privately held businesses, defined as those with fewer than 500 shareholders. The report is compiled by the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen and published in the May edition of Washington CEO magazine.

The highest ranking company in Spokane was grocery wholesaler URM Stores Inc., with an estimated $400-$500 million in annual sales. It was ranked fifth in the state, up from seventh last year.

URM was behind No. 1 Associated Grocers in Seattle, which boasted more than $1 billion in sales. Others at the top were Services Group of America, No. 2; Darigold, 3; and Lanoga Corp., a building materials chain, No. 4.

Spokane-based Rosauers Supermarkets, with an estimated $200-$250 million in sales, was No. 23, up from 31st a year ago.

Tidyman’s, with sales of $150-$200 million, was 26th; CPM Development Corp., with sales of $125-$150 million, 44th; and Jensen Distribution Services, with an estimated $100-$125 million in sales, 63rd.

Others included Camp Automotive Inc., 67; Goodale & Barbieri Cos., 76; Yoke’s Washington Foods, 79; Pyrotek, 92; Telect, 106; Lydig Construction, 116; and EZ Loader Boat Trailers, 138.

The biggest gainer in Spokane was Telect, which jumped from 134 to 106. Having the biggest drop was Lydig, which slipped from 84 to 116.

Some large private Spokane companies such as Wendle Motors and Cowles Publishing Co., publisher of The Spokesman-Review, were not on this year’s list.

The state’s largest 150 private companies employ a total of 87,000 people and generate annual revenues of $21.5 billion, Arthur Andersen said.

, DataTimes