Global information design consultancy demonstrates 186.4% growth

PORTLAND, Ore. (Aug. 13, 2009) — XPLANE, a global information design consultancy, ranked 1,708 on the 2009 Inc. 5,000, Inc. magazine’s listing of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, and 29th of companies in the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton area. Between the years of 2005 and 2008, XPLANE has experienced growth of 186.4 percent, exceeding the average growth of 126 percent by Inc. 5,000 companies. 2009 marks the third consecutive year XPLANE ranks on the Inc. 5,000.

“We’re very proud to once again join the Inc. 5,000 ranking of some of the top, entrepreneurial organizations in the country,†said Aric Wood, chief executive officer, XPLANE. “Given the current economic climate we are extremely pleased to still hold a top spot on the list, and we attribute that success to our focus on delivering measurable results for our clients through the application of visual thinking and design.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, BP, Nokia, ITT, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Directorate of National Intelligence.

The 2009 Inc. 5,000 list measures revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based and privately held, independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies — as of Dec. 31, 2008, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2005 and $2 million in 2008. According to Inc. the total revenue of companies on the list in 2009 tops $214 billion, up 16 percent from last year. Median annual revenue has crept up to over $10 million, and for the first time the list’s total employment count exceeds one million. But growth has slowed considerably. The median growth rate is down to 126 percent from last year’s 147 percent.


Founded in 1993, XPLANE is an information design consultancy that drives better results for many of the world’s leading organizations including Microsoft, Nokia, ITT, and BP through visual thinking and design. XPLANE offers clients unique and personalized service through its employees’ diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, including journalism, consulting, technology, marketing, training, illustration, interaction, process improvement and information design. Global XPLANE headquarters are in Portland, Ore. USA; European offices are based in Madrid, Spain and a third office is located in St. Louis, Mo. USA. More info:

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