2009 brought with it so much doom and gloom. The stock market is no longer a roller coaster, as in years past, but is hitting record lows and staying there. The housing market in the Lower 48 is depressed, and even renters are facing evictions that lead to the homelessness of tenants in some cases.
Climate change is causing havoc on a worldwide scale, creating more storms and melting of the polar caps. Layoffs and unemployment are at an all-time high. We are in a full-blown recession that has impacted even Alaska in small ways, perhaps, but in ways that frighten small and big businesses.
Mineral prices are down. Oil prices are down. Inflation is up. There are budget shortfalls and the list goes on and on. Is there any good news? Something to celebrate?
The answer to that question lies in the Corporate 100. These are some of the state's largest, brightest, most giving businesses in the state. To make the list you have to have a large number of employees, a giving corporate policy, provide income to the state, be stable, and/or contribute to the economic and social wealth of the state in some important way.
A panel of seven selected these 100 from the nearly 200 surveys returned. Key industries included are communications, construction, finance/insurance/real estate, fisheries, health care, industrial equipment and services, manufacturing, mining, Native organizations, oil and gas, retail/wholesale trade, services, tourism, transportation and utilities.
Now I'm not such a Pollyanna that I can claim all of these industries in Alaska are facing prosperous times compared to 2008 and other years prior, but I can say these companies reflect a stable force of business here.
"These companies are the creme de la creme," said Jim Martin, vice president and general manager of ABM. "They reflect a wide variety of industries and impact Alaska in a mighty way. Many have a national or even worldwide reach, especially companies in the Native, transportation, oil and gas, mining and tourism sectors."
Alaska should be proud of these companies, as well as the morn and pops that don't make the list but create a foundation for larger companies to draw from. These mom and pops repair computers, provide supplies and equipment, perform janitorial work, and much more.
"Truth is, these 100 companies may be the face of Alaska, but we depend on all businesses operating in the state," said Martin. "All are important. Take our magazine for example. We have a staff of 10, but reach 80,000 to 100,000 readers monthly, providing the latest in business news and industry trends.
"Or, take, for example, Bond, Stephens & Johnson, one of the smallest companies on the list, but the top commercial real estate brokerage company in Alaska, according to Chris Stephens, partner. They represent buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants and their clients that range from multi-national corporations, Alaska Native corporations to local companies and investors. They have brokered transactions throughout the entire state."
Let's celebrate these Top 100 companies and have faith in Alaska, a state that is fairing better than most at the hands of these leaders.
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2009 Corporate 100 Listed by Industry
Alaska Communications Systems
Matanuska Telephone Association
Alaska Interstate Construction LLC
Anchorage Sand & Gravel
Cruz Construction Inc.
Davis Constructors & Engineers inc.
Neeser Construction Inc.
Osborne Construction Co.
Price Gregory International Inc.
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate
Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Bond Stephens Johnson Inc.
Credit Union 1
Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union
First National Bank Alaska
Mt. McKinley Bank
New York Life
Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate
Wells Fargo Bank NA
American Seafoods Company LLC
Alaska Regional Hospital
Central Peninsula Hospital
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
North Star Behavioral Health
Providence Health + Services, Alaska
Industrial Equipment and Services
N C Machinery/N C Cat Rental Store
Donlin Creek LLC
NovaGold Resources Inc.
Usibelli Coal Mine Inc.
Afognak Native Corp.
Arctic Slope Regional Corp.
Bering Straits Native Corp.
Bristol Bay Native Corp.
Cook Inlet Region Inc.
NANA Development Corp.
The Aleut Corp.
The Tatitlek Corp.
Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corp.
Oil & Gas
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.
Flint Hills Resources Alaska LLC
Nabors Alaska Drilling
Peak Oilfield Service Co.
Schlumberger Oilfield Services
Tesoro Alaska Co.
Udelhoven Oilfield System Services Inc.
XTO Energy Inc.
Alaska Commercial Co.
Alaska Industrial Hardware Inc.
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Spenard Builders Supply Inc.
The Odom Corp.
American Marine Services Group
PDC Inc. Engineers
Hotel Captain Cook
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa
Alaska Railroad Corp.
Carlile Transportation Systems
Era Aviation Inc.
Everts Air Cargo
Northern Air Cargo Inc.
Northland Services Inc.
Pacific Alaska Freightways Inc.
Peninsula Airways Inc.
Totem Ocean Trailer Express
Chugach Electric Association Inc.
Enstar Natural Gas Co.
Golden Valley Electric Association Inc.
Homer Electric Association
Matanuska Electric Assoc Inc.
BY DEBBIE CUTLER
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