Posted: October 01, 2012

Top 250 Private Companies 2012

Construction, engineering firms top ranking again

Mike Taylor

The top four spots in the annual ColoradoBiz Top 250 Private Companies are a repeat of 2011, once again occupied by firms in the construction or engineering fields, or both.

All four companies topped $1 billion in revenues last year, led again by Englewood-based global engineering giant CH2M Hill with revenues of $6.37 billion last year. Denver-based PCL Construction Enterprises was next with revenues of $5.6 billion, followed by Greeley-based Hensel Phelps Construction ($2.3 billion) and MWH Global, a specialist in wet-water infrastructure based in Broomfield, which boasted sales of $1.48 billion.

The highest year-over-year growth among firms at least three years old was achieved by Motivity Solutions, a provider of business intelligence technology for mortgage lenders. The six-year-old Denver-based firm grew sales from $252,000 in 2010 to $2.4 million last year, a gain of 870 percent.

Also of note are two temporary-housing providers. Greenwood Village-based National Corporate Housing increased sales from $15 million in 2010 to $62 million last year, a 311 percent gain. And Denver-based Travelers Haven LLC, founded by serial entrepreneur Elia Wallen six years ago, doubled its year-over-year sales, from $10 million in 2010 to $20 million last year.

Wallen and his company are profiled as one of eight "Gen XYZ Companies.".

One other notable growth spurt: Maxx HD Sunglasses, a provider of affordable, high-definition sunglasses based in Monument, doubled year-over-year sales, from $2.5 million in 2010 to $5 million last year. The seven-year-old husband-and-wife business began as a street-corner tent operation. A big boost came when Max HD Sunglasses was approved as an officially licensed supplier of Major League Baseball. The company now has 55 employees and was a ColoradoBiz 2012 Top Company finalist in Consumer Business category.

Would you like to see the entire list -- and more? Here are the options:

Order a copy of the October issue, which includes the list.
Order the latest Top 250 list with contact names, phone numbers and email addresses.
Order the entire Sourcebook with lists and contact informationfrom the past year.

 

Mike Taylor is the managing editor of ColoradoBiz. He writes about small-business money issues and how startups are launched. Email him at mtaylor@cobizmag.com.

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Readers Respond

I have the magazine and we are thrilled to be included on this list. Thank you! Why the decision not to promote making the list with an online link though? By Tasha Pierce on 2012 10 16
Would you like to see the entire list -- and more? Here are the options: Order a copy of the October issue, which includes the list. Order the latest Top 250 list with contact names, phone numbers and email addresses. Order the entire Sourcebook with lists and contact informationfrom the past year. By Mike McCarthy on 2012 10 08
Good Morning. Was surprised that our company was on the internet version of the Top 250 Private Companies published on line in Sept (???), but was not included on the same list in the October issue of the Colorado Biz magazine ?? Can you help us out and explain. Thanks. By Tom Daschbach on 2012 10 03
Where can I find the list??? By alex on 2012 10 02
Hi! Your article reference the complete list - and usually it's posted on your web site as a PDF - but I can't find it. By Jawaid Bazyar on 2012 10 02
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