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Heights Company Among Fastest-Growing in America, says Inc.

Intercon Solutions in Chicago Heights made Inc. magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing companies, and the CEO is just as surprised as anyone else.

CEO Brian Brundage — when asked by Patch to explain his company's ranking among Inc. magazine's top 5,000 fastest growing U.S. companies — offered an interesting reply.

"I don't know how we did it," Brundage said Thursday, noting that 2012 has been a difficult year for his business.

But 2011 was a different story. Netting a reported $8.1 million in revenue last year, Intercon posted a 62 percent growth rate from 2008 to 2011, according to Inc. magazine.

"We were doing very, very well in the Heights as a business in the green industry," Brundage said.

Intercon sits at No. 3,246 on the list of 5,000 businesses, and is one of only four south suburban businesses listed among the 240 Illinois companies. It ranks 38th among businesses categorized as environmental services. 

Intercon, an electronics recycling company founded in 1987, has had several notable clients, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, Union Pacific, City of Chicago, Ericsson Wireless and the Chicago Sun-Times.

The company also added 67 jobs over the same three-year span, all the more impressive, considering Intercon typically hires people who live in and around Chicago Heights.

"We always try to hire in this area," Brundage said. "It’s important for us to hire locally because they get here. If it snows or rains, they get here."

The 250,000 square-foot facility is at 1001 Washington St. 

Most of the Illinois businesses to make the Inc. list are based in the city of Chicago, with a fair number in the western suburbs.

Intercon is one of only four south suburban businesses to make the Inc. list of 5,000 American companies. The others are Scrap Metal Services in Burnam (No. 2,118); SPi Healthcare in Tinley Park (No. 3,382); and Intelligent Solutions in Mokena (No. 4,802).

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Mark August 24, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Congratulations to Intercon and to Brundage. It's quite an accomplishment.
Tom August 24, 2012 at 03:34 PM
i'm starting a pool to see how long it is before Dave G. takes credit for this companies success.
mr lahey August 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
my pool is how long b4 wolf praises the mayor
Tom August 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
as soon as he removes his head from the mayors butt and the echo dies down
mr lahey August 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
but i agree...great job to the co. and ceo nice story for once

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