Top NoCo businesses stay in the family

Northern Colorado is home to five of the top 50 family-owned companies in the state, ranked by number of employees. Published in the January/February 2014 edition of Colorado Biz Magazine, the list includes the number of employees, how many relatives are present within the company, how many generations it’s been in the family and the number of years it has been family owned.

Fort Collins’ OtterBox came in at No. 6 with 750 employees. Headed by Brian Thomas, the company employees four family members, and has stayed in the family for 15 years, spanning two generations.

Loveland is also home to Madwire Media LLC, which had the largest rank change of the Northern Colorado companies. With 140 employees, it jumped to No. 24, up five slots from last year when it ranked 29.
Family-operated for 28 years, Good Day Pharmacy out of Loveland came in at No. 27 with 130 employees.

Sitting at No. 37 is Fort Collins Brewery & Gravity 1020. The craft brewery has been family-owned for nine years and has 75 employees.

Loveland’s Numerica Corporation ranked No. 47 with 50 employees. It has been in the family for 17 years and employs five relatives.

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