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Announcing the winners of Inc.'s first national company-building achievement awards



FY ending 1/27/89 1/31/88 1/31/87
Employees 1,200 600 300
Net sales $257,810 $159,037 $69,450
Pretax income $21,163 $15,123 $3,866
Total assets $167,032 $56,232 $23,726
Net owners' equity $75,257 $9,457 $2,957





FY ending 12/31/88 12/31/87 12/31/86
Employees 4,610 3,900 3,680
Net sales $500,600 $383,383 $331,600
Pretax income $29,475 $24,553 $17,862
Total assets $490,109 $426,148 $308,890
Net owners' equity $181,509 $161,808 $145,767





FY ending 7/31/88 7/26/87 7/27/86
Employees 550 500 300
Net sales $23,627 $20,923 $8,231
Pretax income $6,385 $5,224 $1,677
Total assets $19,409 $14,184 $9,277
Net owners' equity $9,255 $5,431 $2,305




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