Catawba County has several of North Carolina’s largest private companies, including two in the top 10, according to a recent ranking by Business North Carolina magazine.
The annual ranking of private companies in North Carolina included five Hickory-based companies.
The magazine has been publishing the rankings for 30 years and includes companies that provide income and employment information. The list also includes the best estimates for some companies that do not disclose the information. The list is based on 2020 income.
Hickory has two companies listed in the top 10 largest private companies in the state, all of which have generated more than $ 1 billion in revenue. Transportation Insight was ranked fourth and Alex Lee was ranked sixth.
Transportation Insight, a logistics consultant, employs 1,800 people, according to the ranking.
Alex Lee, a wholesale and retail grocer in Hickory, employs 16,000 people, according to Business North Carolina.
The ranking is an honor for the company, according to a statement from Alex Lee, which also includes MDI and Lowes Foods. The company has been around for 90 years and recently announced the expansion of the MDI plant in Hickory.
“I am continually impressed with the dedication and commitment to excellence that I see in our employees every day,” said Alex Lee President and CEO Brian George. “The past two years have put tremendous pressure on the entire supply chain, and our people have met every challenge. We will continue to focus on serving our customers and supporting our communities, and together, we will continue to be better at everything we do. “