Crops aren't the only thing growing in the Midwest. The heart of this country is home to hard-working and fast-growing businesses that value the centralized setting.
The Midwest's labor force has grown 1.7 percent since 2015--higher than the national 1.2 percent growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This year's top 10 Midwest-based honorees have contributed more than 500 new jobs to the tally.
Take a closer look at the so-called fly-over states, and meet the region's fastest-growing companies.
10. Impact CNC
Founded in 2012 by Jerry Busche, Impact CNC manufactures industrial parts for automotive, off-highway, and oil and gas suppliers. The Columbia City, Indiana, company earned $19.5 million, a nearly 4,900 percent growth from 2012.
9. Atlas MedStaff
Steve Ryan created this nurse-recruiting and -placement service in 2012 with a mere staff of eight. By 2015, the Omaha-based health provider reaped $24.5 million in revenue, up 5,200 percent from its first year.
8. ReVamp Electronics
Chicago's ReVamp Electronics, which was founded by Anant Handa and distributes wireless parts and accessories, celebrated a 5,300 percent growth rate in 2015. The three-year-old company did $13.4 million in sales in 2015--up from $252,000 in revenue in 2012.
7. Inspire Medical Systems
The Maple Grove, Minnesota-based company develops breathing monitors that help sleep-deprived consumers. But judging by Inspire's 6,900 percent growth in just three years, CEO Timothy Herbert probably wasn't getting much sleep either. In 2015, the company pulled in $8 million in revenue and tripled its employee count, to 67.
6. Elements Holdings Group Inc. & Subsidiaries
Specializing in HR compliance, payroll, and benefits, Chicago-based Elements Holdings Group prepares companies to do business in international markets. Led by CEO Richard Hammell, the financial service consultants booked $18.6 million in revenue in 2015, a 7,100 percent increase from three years prior.
5. Midwest Equity Mortgage
When Midwest Equity Mortgage was founded in 2006, co-CEOs Dave Hensen and Pete Gabrione employed 25 loan-lending experts. By 2015, the Oakbrook, Illinois, team had grown to 200 employees, with $971 million in revenue, a 7,800 percent growth from 2012.
4. C&H Financial Services
Westchester, Illinois-based C&H Financial Services may employ a small staff of 15 and provide capital and payment processing services to small businesses, but there's nothing small about the company's growth. Led by Anthony Holder, the financial service group reeled in $17 million in 2015--an increase of 8,000 percent from 2012.
3. FormulaFolio Investments
As chief investment strategist at FormulaFolio Investments, Jason Wenk is responsible for analyzing "emotion-free, academically proven" investment solutions. And he's doing a pretty good job: The Grand Rapids, Michigan, company saw a 9,400 percent growth in the last three years, with 2015 revenues totaling $11.2 million.
2. Small Business Owners of America
Many Inc. 5000 companies target the Fortune 500, big-name players to grow revenues. But Columbus, Ohio-based Small Business Owners of America values the underdog. By providing short-term financing and planning resources to small companies, CEO James Moore and his 14-person team hit a 12,000 percent growth spurt in the last few years, with 2015 revenues totaling $12.4 million.
Midwest roots don't keep the high-end home retailer from serving the country's most world-class brands. Fellow Inc. 5000 honoree The Hermitage Hotel and The Peabody are just a few of the clients of the Evansville, Indiana, company, which earned $31 million in revenue in 2015. Its three-year 23,600 percent growth rate helped eLuxurySupply.com become the No. 1 fast-growing company in retail and No. 4 overall of Inc. 5000 companies.