BizTimes Media and our event partner, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, are pleased to once again recognize this year’s Future 50 companies. Based on submitted nominations and an objective ranking of sales and employee growth, these are the fastest growing, privately held companies in the southeastern Wisconsin region.

Together, the 50 companies have projected 5,269 employees and $3.96 billion in annual sales for 2023, an increase of more than 60% on both measures. Their growth isn’t just fast, it is impressive.

Fast-growing companies are innovators and job creators. They develop leaders and buy goods and services in the market, fostering a healthy local economy. Of the 50, twenty-four are in manufacturing, logistics, distribution or wholesale trade and 10 are in construction. Remarkably, more than half of the 50 companies were founded before 2000, which is great to see. You don’t have to be a startup to be a fast-growing company.