Inc. 500: Gotta Love These Companies

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When the recession hit, it hired.

Elkhart, Ind.

No. 326
2011 Revenue: $3.5 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,155.1%

StrataShops, which owns outdoor and indoor furniture brands, is based in Elkhart County, Indiana, a town that saw its unemployment rate skyrocket from 4.7% in 2008 to 15.3% in 2009--the highest in the country at the time. But despite the economic conditions that sent so many businesses into a full tailspin, John Webber, StrataShops’ CEO, managed to not only keep his staff intact, but also hired three workers who had been laid off during the recession. “It feels good,” he says. “I’m proud of that.”