Black-owned company ranks No. 926 on the Inc 5000, America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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    NEW YORK, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ — Stratus Building Solutions, the nation’s fastest-growing international brand in the building services and maintenance franchise industry, has received the prestigious Inc. 500|5000 award, reserving the sole spot representing the Building Services industry.

    Stratus Ranks No. 916 on the 2010 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 329% on the fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy?America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon, are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

    “The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

    Founded in 2004 by CEO Dennis Jarrett and President Pete Frese, Stratus Building Solutions now operates in 27 states and 4 countries. In January 2010, Stratus Building Solutions won four “top ten” spots in Entrepreneur magazine’s 31st Annual Franchise 500? ranking, including ranking 11th worldwide.? Other recent 2010 accolades include Franchise Times’ Fast 55, Black Enterprise’s Top 40 Best Franchises for African Americans and Poder 360’s Top 26 Franchises for Hispanics.

    Jarrett and Frese said in a statement: “We value this honor from Inc. because the 2010 Inc. 500|5000 list recognizes Stratus Building Solutions’ achievement as an industry leader due to the power and strength of our Master system.? We pair that along with our commitments to customer service and a successful business model to create a notable combination.”? Jarrett further states, “This prestigious award is important as it recognizes companies outside of franchising. To our knowledge, Stratus is the 1st Building Services to receive this honor from Inc.”

    Stratus Building Solutions offers 16 different building service franchise plans providing state-of-the-art “environmentally green” cleaning systems, products, services and marketing support. These include the “Stratus Green Clean” program, which uses environmentally friendly products and services to help sustain healthier, more productive facilities. Also, the firm offers an exclusive “Stratus Sani-Proof” program that kills bacteria, including Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and other germs found in schools, offices and healthcare centers.

    Stratus Building Solutions franchise benefits include orientation and training; customer referrals; administrative and accounting support; pre-arranged credit lines; access to insurance and surety bonds, financing options, promotional support; and other turn-key advantages. The firm’s international headquarters are at 1976 Innerbelt Business Center Drive in St. Louis.

    The 2010 Inc. 5000, unveiled on Inc.com, serves as a unique illustration of the profound trends taking place in the U.S. economy.? Business Products & Services is the top industry by number of companies on the list (640) and total revenue ($80.7 billion), while Health is the biggest by total employment (287,726 jobs).
    Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on www.inc.com/5000.

    For information about Stratus Building Solutions, please visit http://www.stratusclean.com or call Stratus Building Solutions at 314.731.2000 or toll-free at 877.731.2020.