Visual thinking and design firm moves more than 1,000 spots since 2007

XPLANE was ranked 1,276 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000, Inc. magazine’s ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The placement marks a significant leap from XPLANE’s ranking of 2,340 last year.

XPLANE also ranked 15th of companies based in the Portland-Vancouver area – up from 38th in 2007. Inc. indicated that XPLANE is noteworthy because of its varied workforce, including architects, designers, journalists, storytellers and comic book artists.

“We’re very proud to have been recognized in the Inc. 5,000 for a second straight year, as well as advancing more than 1,000 spots,†said Aric Wood, chief executive officer, XPLANE. “We have our team and our customers to thank, who together have shown that XPLANE’s practice of collaborating with our clients using our visual thinking methods helps drive breakthrough results.â€

XPLANE was founded in 1993 by Chairman Dave Gray with $10,000 in startup capital. Today the company operates on a global scale, serving multi-national organizations, including Microsoft, Intel, Nokia, Oracle, U.S. Marine Corp. and U.S. Department of Intelligence.

The 2008 Inc. 5,000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of Dec. 31, 2006, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004 and $2 million in 2007.

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