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2013 Fast Growth 50 Profiles

Our list of Alberta's fastest growing companies for the past year

Jan 9, 2013


Matrix Labour Leasing
#7 on the 2013
Fast Growth 50
Most Recent Year Revenues:
$13,019,000
2011 Revenues:
$5,220,000
2010 Revenues:
$3,344,000
180
Employees

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If you need to hire an office temp, there’s no shortage of staffing agencies to help you. But if you’re a construction contractor in need of a carpenter or heavy equipment operator, you go to Matrix Labour Leasing. With a growing labour shortage, the business of finding labourers has definitely paid off. In 2011, the company’s revenue nearly tripled, climbing from $5,220,000 to $13,019,000. The company has also doubled its own workforce in the past year, bringing on 90 new employees to help its clients get their projects done.

Silver Creek Software
#16 on the 2013
Fast Growth 50
Most Recent Year Revenues:
$3,814,064
2011 Revenues:
$1,538,000
2010 Revenues:
$1,166,000
11
Employees

Increasingly, software no longer comes out of a box. That’s something Silver Creek Software has embraced through its custom application development, project management and business intelligence services. As more businesses embrace the need for custom-built software that does exactly what’s needed, Silver Creek has grown substantially. In the past year, the company doubled both its employees and its revenue, growing from $1,538,223 to $3,814,064.

Hire Standard
#24 on the 2013
Fast Growth 50
Most Recent Year Revenues:
$789,617
2011 Revenues:
$436,276
2010 Revenues:
$136,473
4
Employees

Hire Standard is in the business of killing two birds with one stone. The Lethbridge-based staffing agency, which specializes in permanent placement, is also a one-stop shop for background screening new employees. To some, that might seem paranoid, but for Hire Standard it’s a common-sense way to protect its clients. That philosophy seems to be catching on. While this newcomer is the smallest company on this year’s list, if it keeps up the current rate of growth, it won’t stay that way. In the past three years, Hire Standard has grown its revenue from $136,473 to $789,617.

HC Piper Manufacturing
#32 on the 2013
Fast Growth 50
Most Recent Year Revenues:
$31,762,418
2011 Revenues:
$38,606,025
2010 Revenues:
$8,536,115
107
Employees

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HC Piper Manufacturing specializes in the creation of vapour recovery units, which collect the deadly (or occasionally just unpleasant) fumes created by storage tanks in the oil and gas sector. However, the manufacturer deals with more than just pipes. It has a full engineering and design division that does everything from piping to mechanical and structural engineering. And thanks to the booming oil and gas sector, HC Piper has done well. Between 2010 and 2011, its revenue grew from $8,536,115 to $38,606,025.

Danatec Educational Services
#33 on the 2013
Fast Growth 50
Most Recent Year Revenues:
$4,867,527
2011 Revenues:
$3,833,079
2010 Revenues:
$3,253,419
12
Employees

Keeping workers safe is a priority for businesses operating in the oil and gas, mining and construction industries. Danatec Educational Services is there to help, producing a wide array of training materials on safety. The publishing company covers everything from dangerous goods placards to DanatecTV, a series of training videos that are available for mobile devices. Between 2011 and 2012, its revenue grew from $3,833,079 to $4,867,527.

Beck Gold & Diamond Brokers
#35 on the 2013
Fast Growth 50
Most Recent Year Revenues:
$1,877,976
2011 Revenues:
$552,284
2010 Revenues:
$225,985
5
Employees

This company has little in common with those late-night infomercials imploring you to send in your old jewellery for quick cash. While Beck Gold & Diamond Brokers does buy and sell gold and precious stones, it does things differently, offering upfront quotes and even hosting at-home parties. If its revenues are any indication, the company has made itself quite popular. Between 2011 and 2012, Beck Gold more than tripled its revenue, from $552,284 to $1,877,976, growth that’s especially impressive when you consider it only has five full-time employees.

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