7 Asheville area companies place on the 2022 Inc. 5000 list

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Of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the US, seven of them are right here in the Asheville area.

These local businesses — whose industries run the gamut from engineering to food + beverage — enjoyed median growth of 198%, $283.8 million in total revenue, and added 210 jobs over the last year.

Here’s how these businesses break down in this year’s Inc. 5000 ranking:


Find a whole wall of MADE FREE at the WNC Outdoor Collective. | Photo via @wncoutdoorcollective

No. 791 — MADE FREE

Industry: Consumer Products

Growth: 804%

Special sauce: This fair trade apparel brand supports social reform — and aims to address the root causes of human trafficking — by providing a sustainable living wage to all of its employees.

No. 1,264 — Point Global Logistics

Industry: Logistics & Transportation

Growth: 514%

Special sauce: In an era of supply chain headaches, this specialized freight forwarder provides simple + straightforward transportation services + supply chain management to a global customer base.

No. 1,770 — LoLo

Industry: Advertising & Marketing

Growth: 347%

Special sauce: This gift marketing company, whose name stands for Locals Supporting Locals, has harnessed the nationwide enthusiasm for local goods with its curated, gift-of-the-month campaign that’s perfect for building business + client relationships.

Riverbend VP Adam Demchak, right, in front of the Germination Kiln Vessel. | Photo by @riverbendmalt

No. 2,804 — Riverbend Malt House

Industry: Food & Beverage

Growth: 198%

Special sauce: This state-of-the-art, 70,000-sqft production facility keeps Beer City (and other suds lovin’ cities) afloat with customizable + locally-sourced malt flavors that highlight the terroir of the southeast.

No. 2,957 — HiViz Lighting

Industry: Engineering

Growth: 183%

Special sauce: This Hendersonville-based company manufactures technology for first responders + other emergency situations when special lighting and tools are needed most.

No. 3,769 — Cloud for Good

Industry: IT Services

Growth: 133%

Special sauce: This is the ninth consecutive time this nonprofit + higher education consulting firm — which was established in 2010 — has been featured on the Inc. 5000. Color us impressed.

No. 4,493 — Aeroflow Healthcare

Industry: Health Products

Growth: 98%

Special sauce: This medical equipment providerwhich has been on the Inc. 5000 list seven timesoffers quality equipment and even more impressive customer service.

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