30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1981: Stoops Express
Daleville, Ind.

1980 Revenue: $10.6 million
Three-Year Growth: 9,372%

Jeff Stoops was working as a teacher when he decided to earn a little cash on the side, driving trucks. "In 1971, I looked around and saw truck drivers making $18,000 a year while teachers were making $8,100,” he told Inc. back in 1981. He founded Stoops Express, a trucking company, in 1976. The company now has six locations in throughout Indiana and Ohio, and operates under the name Stoops Freightliner - Quality Trailer.