Local Businesses Win Excellence Awards

The Harrison County Development Commission released its State of the Coast Economy  report Thursday. The presentation indicated that the coast is recovering from the country's economic slowdown. And according to executive director Mike Olivier, "promising" days are ahead.

After Olivier's presentation, the development commission saluted this year's economic excellence award winners.

The outstanding small business was AGJ Systems and Network, Inc.   This two year old business works out of the Gulf Coast Business Technology Center.  AGJ has gone from one client to more than 160.  The company builds web sites and provides other technology solutions for its clients.

The outstanding mid-size business was BancorpSouth .  The bank has 14 South Mississippi locations.  It has 126 employees.

The outstanding large business was the Isle of Capri .  The Isle was recognized for its many community service projects. The Isle's corporate offices are now in Biloxi.

The outstanding small industry was Joan Cravens Construction.  Ms. Cravens has just three employees.  But she subcontracts with 50 regular partners.  Her company builds homes across the coast.

The outstanding mid-size industry was Gulf Coast Pre-Stress .  This Pass Christian Industrial Park tenant has been in business 35 years.  Gulf Coast Pre-Stress makes the cement pilings used under bridges.

The outstanding large industry was Triton Systems .  Triton is in the Long Beach Industrial Park.  It manufactures ATMs.  Many people say it has revolutionized the ATM industry.

The outstanding business with more than 1,000 employees was RPM Pizza .  Glenn Mueller's company operates 162 Domino's Pizza locations across the gulf south.  His payroll is in excess of $23 million.