November 9, 2015
Ideal Aluminum Products celebrated its win of GrowFL’s “Companies to Watch” award for 2015 in Orlando on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the HardRock Live in Universal CityWalk. The Companies to Watch program is a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. The award recognizes businesses that demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation and growth. Ideal is among 50 statewide companies that was recognized. This recognition was the result of intense competition and an extensive diligence process, which started with greater than 500 nominees. The November 5th dinner was the gala event celebrating the award for all of the winners.
“It was a tremendous evening for Ideal tonight. Michael and I are here tonight accepting this award, but it really should be accepted collectively by all of our great people at Ideal. The fact is that they are who and what make Ideal so great,” said Doug Brady, co-owner. Michael Siegel, Brady’s business partner added, “I am so very proud of what we have accomplished together, and it was great to spend tonight with loved ones, friends, and supporters who helped us reach this day.”
The program recognizes second-stage companies, which are defined as those with six to 99 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue. There are many programs and incubators promoting start-up businesses; GrowFL is the only Florida program that focuses exclusively on second-stage companies.
The 50 companies named the 2015 Florida Companies to Watch generated a total of more than $1.2 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 employees between 2011 and 2014. Together, the companies project a 23 percent increase in revenue and 19 percent increase in job growth in 2015.
For a full list of those joining Ideal Aluminum on the Florida Companies to Watch, please visit www.growfl.com.
About Ideal Aluminum Products
Ideal Aluminum Products manufactures aluminum fence, gates and railing. Ideal is passionately committed to supplying the best quality products, at reasonable prices, with the best service in our industry. Ideal constantly exploring new trends and ideas that define the future of our industry. All products are made in the U.S.A. Visit the company’s website at www.ideal-ap.com or contact the company directly at 1-877-323-6496.
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. GrowFL has assisted more than 800 companies through the Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs and recognized 200 successful entrepreneurs through the annual awards program, Florida Companies to Watch. Learn more at GrowFL.com.