Update: Alego Health was initially omitted from this article. The company ranked third in the Weatherhead 100. Patch regrets the omission.
Four Westlake companies have made the annual Weatherhead 100 list, which honors the fastest growing companies in the region.
Patton Painting Incorporated, Alego Health, DCT Telecom Group Inc. and Corporate United Inc. made the list.
Alego Health (or CAFF LLC) was ranked 3 in the Weatherhead 100, the second year in a row it made the list. Last year the company was 26th.
Patton Painting ranked 36th with a 115.8 percent growth rate. The company, founded in 2003 is a professional painting, carpentry and artist firm. It moved up two spots from last year.
Alego Health (or CAFF, LLC. *our Legal Name) was #3 in the Weatherhead 100 and it was the second year in a row we were named (26th last year.
DCT Telecom, which specializes in comprehensive Telecom and cloud solutions, ranked 52 which an 81.3 percent growth rate.
Corporate United ranked 67th with a 62.4 percent growth rate. The company is one of the nations largest group purchasing organizations.
To qualify, companies must show consistent growth over the last five years.
The Weatherhead 100 has been compiled and managed by the Council of Smaller Enterprises since 2004. When it began in 1987, it was produced by the Enterprise Development Inc. -- the former nonprofit subsidiary of Case Western Reserve University.
Westlake planning director Bob Parry isn’t surprised at the local success.
“We’ve been growing,” he said. “There’s been quite a bit of activity of companies coming in.”
He noted most of the growth has been “replacement,” with new companies taking over vacated buildings. Equity Trust will be taking over the Cleveland Clinic building.
“They are taking over a 72,000-sq.-ft. building vacated by the Cleveland Clinic when it moved to its new location in Avon,” he said. “They’ll be starting renovations soon.”
Parry credited a number of factors for the city’s attractiveness to business.
“It’s a great community,” he said. “It has lower taxes, good access to 90, I-480 and the Turnpike. You can get around the region pretty easy.”