Who's On, Who's Off
The Top 100 List
April 26, 1999
MCI, Giant, Dart, BET. They are some of the companies that helped define the region's identity as a business community. And now they're gone. Maybe you didn't notice because MCI is still your long-distance company; you still shop at Giant; Crown Books is still around if much smaller and you can still watch Black Entertainment Television. In fact, these institutions have left the region only in the sense of how they do business, either being acquired by out of town companies, or in the case of BET, going private.
Departures mean additions, too, and this year there are 18 new companies joining the list of the 100 largest public companies in the Washington metropolitan area, the highest rate of change in five years.
This year's rank, Company name (how it made the list)
9. Sodexho Marriott Services Inc. spun off from Marriott International
16. Coventry Health Care Inc. moved headquarters from Tennessee to Bethesda
23. USEC Inc. went public
27. Meristar Hotels & Resorts spun off from CapStar Hotel Co.
33. Building One Services Corp. met revenue threshold
46. Meristar Hospitality Corp. created by the merger of CapStar and American General Hospitality.
63. Global TeleSystems Inc. met revenue threshold
69. Hagler Bailly Inc. met revenue threshold
71. Omnipoint Corp. met revenue threshold
77. E.Spire Communications met revenue threshold
84. RWD Technologies Inc met revenue threshold
87. MicroStrategy went public
91. Network Solutions Inc. met revenue threshold
92. American Mobile Satellite Corp. met revenue threshold
94. Deltek Systems Inc. met revenue threshold
99. Best Software Inc. met revenue threshold
100. Dunn Computer Corp. met revenue threshold
Last year's rank, Company name (Why it's off)
3. MCI Communications Corp. acquired by WorldComm, now known as MCI WorldComm Corp.
9. Giant Food acquired by Royal Ahold NV
18. LCI International Inc. acquired by Qwest Communications International
19. Manor Care Inc. acquired by Health Care & Retirement Corp.
32. Dart Group Corp. acquired by Richfood Holdings
39. Banner Aerospace Inc. acquired by Fairchild Corp.
44. CapStar Hotel Co. merged with American General Hospitality to form Meristar Hospitality Corp.
56. World Corp. failed to meet revenue threshold
65. Intersolv acquired by Micro Focus Group PLC
69. BET Holdings Inc. went private
83. EIS International Inc. failed to meet revenue threshold
87. QuesTech Inc. acquired by CACI International Inc.
89. Coherent Communications Systems Corp. acquired by Tellabs Inc.
93. Acsys Inc. moved headquarters to Atlanta
95. Spacehab Inc. failed to meet revenue threshold
97. Group 1 Software Inc. failed to meet revenue threshold
98. Comnet Corp. merged with Group 1 Software
99. Strayer Education Inc. failed to meet revenue threshold.
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