30 Years of No. 1 Companies

Timothy Rice
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1987 American Photo Group
Atlanta

1986 Revenue: $78.0 million
Three-Year Growth: 52,244%

For years, Kodak dominated the American photo market. But an antitrust suit enabled a new niche for smaller companies to operate within: photo processing. Enter Steve Bostic, founder of American Photo Group, Bostic who assembled a network of 20 plants and 1,600 employees within just a few years to create one of the country’s fastest-growing photo processing companies. "We're just getting this business off the ground," Bostic told Inc. in 1987. "My ambition is to build a billion-dollar company and control it.” In the mid-90’s, perhaps with a bit of irony, Bostic sold the company to Kodak.