June 07, 2010
2009 revenue: $125.7 million
Five-year growth: 667%
Local employees: 265
Worldwide employees: 265
What is does: Serves property owners and managers with pavement, roofing, engineering, construction and maintenance, and supplies fuel and oil to fleet owners
How it grew: Once focused on the Chicago area, Rabine Group now attracts business nationwide. In 2009, it completed 122 projects outside Illinois, up from 20 in 2008. Rabine also has capitalized on growth in the "green" sector, offering items like solar roofs and pervious pavement. CEO Gary Rabine says the company is able to attract and keep clients because of the scope of services it provides — from concrete and asphalt paving to roofing. The company also offers complimentary civil engineering services to help customers with long-term budgeting. "We constantly talk about differences and what makes a company stronger," Mr. Rabine says.
Fast fact: In 2009, No. 12 Rabine had 3,150 clients, with no single customer accounting for more than 8% of revenue, CEO Gary Rabine says.