I was talking with former Gov. Bill Sheffield the other day while visiting the Port of Anchorage, which he heads, and was reminded by him of how dependant our state is on the oil and gas industry and other natural resources.
It's true, we are a resource-driven state, and without oil, especially, you will soon see the effect on other industries in Alaska. Without oil and gas we might as well turn off the lights, pack up and head southward. It's either that or be taxed to death, give up our PFDs, and still face huge deficits in the State budget.
Oil is one of the reasons we have a Corporate 100 listing, which features the Top 100 companies in the state, based on a host of factors such as size, number of employees, revenues (if provided), community involvement, services and products, and other factors.
These companies are Moving Forward, Giving Back.
By Moving Forward, I mean staying stable and strong despite the current worldwide recession and decline of oil running through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. By Giving Back, I mean donating to hundreds of worthy causes, serving on boards and commissions, and providing valuable products and services to the state.
These companies share success despite tough times, despite some involved in layoffs and budget cuts, despite fears that run rampant about what will happen to Alaska if, if, if ... the gas line never happens, oil exploration doesn't resume with the Big 3, oil tax issues aren't resolved, mines shut down or don't open. If, if, if.
MORE REASON TO CELEBRATE
That's all the more reason we should celebrate the resilience of these Top 100 companies. These are large companies, many of whom employ more than 1,000 Alaskans in jobs throughout the state, more worldwide.
They are here because of natural resources, even if they are not in the natural resources industries, because they serve the people who live and work in the state, and the companies that are headquartered and/or do business in the state because of our plentiful supply of oil, gas, minerals, fish, timber, coal and other natural resources.
They help us diversify, yes, and keep us stable, yes, and provide jobs that in some cases aren't directly related to oil, yes, but indirectly most have ties to natural resources development.
All year I've been hearing "flat is good," by industry leaders, but these companies aren't "flat." They are Moving Forward, Giving Back.
A LOOK AT THREE MAJORS
Take three of the companies featured in articles in this Corporate 100 special section: Chugach Alaska Corp, ConocoPhillips and Credit Union 1.
Chugach Alaska gives to United Way, The Alaska Food Bank, American Heart Association, Special Olympics, March of Dimes and KNBA. It employs 1,200 in Alaska, and operates worldwide through a variety of subsidiaries.
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., which provides jobs to 1,000 in-state and has revenues of $1.5 billion, provides statewide support to almost every nonprofit sector.
And Credit Union 1, which has 255 Alaska employees and revenues of nearly $50 million, averages more than 50 community projects across Alaska each year.
They are not alone. While looking at the Corporate 100, take time to see who they are, what they do, and who they give to. Take time to notice the promise they hold. Take time to focus on the good these companies do to Alaska, its people, its businesses and its economy.
WHY SOME BIG ONES ARE MISSING
There are some obvious givers and large companies missing from this listing. It's not because they aren't deserving. Some chose not to return a survey, some didn't list accomplishments or returned near-blank forms, some disappeared because of the promise of newcomers to the list. All in all, we stand by this list and praise the ones who are on it.
Moving Forward, Giving Back. That's 2010's Corporate 100.
Moving Forward, Giving Back
2010 Corporate 100 Listed by Industry
Alaska Communications Systems
Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA)
Alaska Interstate Construction LLC
Cruz Construction Inc.
Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc.
Granite Construction Co.
Neeser Construction Inc.
Osborne Construction Co.
Price Gregory International Inc.
Watterson Construction Co.
FINANCE, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE
Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Credit Union 1
Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union
First National Bank Alaska
Mt. McKinley Bank
Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska
Wells Fargo Bank NA
Alaska Regional Hospital
Central Peninsula Hospital
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
North Star Behavioral Health
Providence Health + Services Alaska
INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT & SERVICES
N C Machinery/N C The Cat Rental Store
Airport Equipment Rentals
Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc.
Usibelli Coal Mine Inc.
Afognak Native Corp.
Arctic Slope Regional Corp.
Bering Straits Native Corp.
Bristol Bay Native Corp.
Chugach Alaska 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.
Exxon Mobil Production Co.
Flint Hills Resources Alaska LLC
Nabors Alaska Drilling
Peak Oilfield Service Co.
Schlumberger Oilfield Services
Shell Exploration & Production
Udelhoven Oilfield System Services Inc.
XTO Energy Inc.
Alaska Commercial Co.
Alaska Industrial Hardware Inc.
Construction Machinery Industrial LLC
Costco Wholesale Corp.
Spenard Builders Supply Inc.
The Odom Corp.
American Marine Services Group
Anchorage Chrysler Center Inc.
Mikunda Cottrell & Co. Inc.
SMG of Alaska
Hotel Captain Cook
Alaska Railroad Corp.
Alaska Sales and Service
American Fast Freight Inc.
Carlile Transportation Systems
Era Aviation Inc. dba Era Alaska
Everts Air Cargo
Northern Air Cargo Inc.
Northland Services Inc.
Peninsula Airways Inc.
Totem Ocean Trailer Express
United Parcel Service
Enstar Natural Gas Co.
Chugach Electric Association Inc.
Golden Valley Electric Association Inc.
Homer Electric Association
BY DEBBIE CUTLER
Afognak Native Corp. 215 Mission Rd., Ste. 212 Anchorage, AK 99503 Phone: 907-486-6014 Fax: 907-486-2514 firstname.lastname@example.org www.afognak.com Top Executive: Richard Hobbs II, Pres./CEO Ahtna Inc. Parent Co. City, State PO Box 649 Glennallen, AK Glennallen, AK 99588 Phone: 907-822-3476 Fax: 907-822-3495 email@example.com www.ahtna-inc.com Top Executive: Ken Johns, Pres./CEO Airport Equipment Rentals Parent Company: 5904 Old Airport Rd. Airport Equipment Rentals Fairbanks, AK 99708 Parent Co. City, State Phone: 907-456-2000 Fairbanks, AK Fax: 907-457-7609 www.aer-inc.net Top Executive: Jerry Sadler, Pres. Alaska Airlines Parent Company: 4750 Old Int'l Airport Rd. Alaska Air Group Anchorage, AK 99502 Parent Co. City, State Phone: 907-266-7230 Seattle, WA Fax: 907-266-7229 www.alaskaair.com Top Executive: William MacKay, Sr. Vice Pres. Alaska Commercial Co. Parent Company: 550 W. 64th Ave. The North West Co. Anchorage, AK 99518 Parent Co. City, State Phone: 907-273-4600 Winnipeg, Manitoba Fax: 907-273-4800 firstname.lastname@example.org www.alaskacommercial.com Top Executive: Rex Wilhelm, Pres./C00 Alaska Communications Systems 600 Telephone Ave. Anchorage, AK 99503 Phone: 907-297-3000 Fax: 907-297-3052 email@example.com www.acsalaska.com Top Executive: Liane Pelletier, Pres./CEO Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Parent Company: PO Box 101020 State of Alaska Anchorage, AK 99510 Phone: 907-330-8447 Fax: 907-338-9218: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ahfc.state.ak.us Top Executive: Daniel R. Fauske, CEO/Exec. Dir. Alaska Industrial Hardware Inc. 2192 Viking Dr. Anchorage, AK 99501 Phone: 907-276-7201 Fax: 907-258-3054 email@example.com www.aihalaska.com Top Executive: Mike Kangas, Pres./Gen. Mgr. Alaska Interstate Construction LLC Parent Company: 601 W. Fifth Ave., Ste. 400 CIRI/Nabors Industries Ltd. Anchorage, AK 99501 Parent Co. City, State Phone: 907-562-2792 Anchorage, AK Fax: 907-562-4179 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aicllc.com Top Executive: Steve Percy, Pres. Alaska Railroad Corp. PO Box 107500 Anchorage, AK 99510 Phone: 907-265-2300 Fax: 907-265-2312 email@example.com www.alaskarailroad.com Top Executive: Patrick Gamble, Pres./CEO Alaska Regional Hospital Parent Company: 2801 Debarr Rd. HCA Anchorage, AK 99508 Parent Co. City, State Phone: 907-276-1131 Nashville, TN Fax: 907-264-1143 www.alaskaregional.com Top Executive: Annie Holt, CEO Alaska Sales and Service 1300 E. Fifth Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501 Phone: 907-265-7535 Fax: 907-265-7507 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aksales.com Top Executive: Shaun Pfeiffer, Gen. Mgr. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union PO Box 196613 Anchorage, AK 99502 Phone: 907-563-4567 Fax: 907-561-4857 www.alaskausa.org Top Executive: William Eckhardt, Pres. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. PO Box 196660, MS 542 Anchorage, AK 99519-6660 Phone: 907-787-8700 Fax: 907-787-8240 email@example.com www.alyeska-pipe.com Top Executive: Kevin Hostler, Pres./CEO American Fast Freight Inc. Parent Company: 7400 45th St. Ct. E. American Fast Freight Inc. Fife, WA 98424 Parent Co. City, State Phone: 253-680-2500 Renton, WA Fax: 253-680-2503 firstname.lastname@example.org www.americanfast.com Top Executive: Tim Jacobson, CEO American Marine Services Group 6000 A St. Anchorage, AK 99518 Phone: 907-562-5420 Fax: 907-562-5426 email@example.com www.amarinecorp.com Top Executive: Tom Ulrich, VP Anchorage Chrysler Center Inc. 2601 E. Fifth Ave. Anchorage, AK 99501 Phone: 907-276-1331 Fax: 907-264-2202 firstname.lastname@example.org www.anchoragechrysler.com Top Executive: Rodney Udd, Pres...