Biggest Companies of the 2012 Inc. 5000

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Publix

Ed Crenshaw, CEO
Lakeland, Fla.

No. 4,780
2011 Revenue: $26.9 billion
Three-Year Growth: 12.7%

Ed Crenshaw began a career at Publix in 1974 as a stock clerk. Thirty-four years later he rose through the ranks to become CEO in 2008, a position he holds today. He’s not the only employee dedicated to the Publix culture: the company has been on Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For for the last 15 years. The largest employee-owned supermarket in the United States, Publix has over 1,000 stores in five states. The company inched up a bit from its previous rank at No. 4,796 on the Inc. 5000 in 2011.