Biggest Companies of the 2012 Inc. 5000

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VWR International

John Ballbach, CEO
Radnor, Pa.

No. 4,847
2011 Revenue: $4.2 billion
Three-Year Growth: 10.69%

Along with brilliant minds, scientific innovation requires a slew of supplies to bring an idea to market. VWR International provides products for scientific research, including chemicals, instruments, and apparel. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, VWR operates in more than 25 countries around the world and maintains over 8,000 employees. John Taylor founded the company in 1852, and made his fortune selling glassware to customers in the mining and laboratory markets.