Olympia Sports (9), Lee Auto Malls (33), Rowe Special Credit (58), Bill Dodge Auto Group (70), and Consolidiated Constructors and Builders (90) were each on the list, while third-ranked IDEXX Laboratories attracted this glowing review from Evan Livada of Livada Securities:
IDEXX (No. 3) is the greatest Maine success storyThe rankings are based on each company's total gross revenues from 2008.
in the past 20 years, even though its second-quarter sales were down [in 2009]
by 5 percent. Not that it’s the only thing they make, but the swine flu kits
they’re selling must be going out of there like crazy, what with the hysteria.
As I’ve said in the past, because IDEXX is a Wall Street darling, I wouldn’t be
surprised if it were a big acquisition by another company in the not-too-distant
future. To its credit, its stock has held up pretty well the last year.
- John C.L. Morgan
Full disclosure: My wife works for IDEXX.