NEW YORK, August 24, 2011 — Inc. magazine today ranked WaterFilters.NET as Number 576 on its annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy–America’s independent entrepreneurs. WaterFilters.NET joins Spirit Airlines, television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, Dunkin Donuts and Metrokane, makers of the Rabbit corkscrew, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list of growth companies.
Headquartered in Zumbrota, Minnesota (Land of 10,000 Lakes), WaterFilters.NET is the premier online retail resource for water filtration systems for home and commercial use. The WaterFilters.NET superstore stocks hundreds of thousands of water filter systems and replacement cartridges, with a broad selection of the top brands–such as Culligan, Pentek, Everpure, Whirlpool, Pur, Brita and Omnipure. The team of associates includes certified water specialists, with extensive product knowledge of sediment and carbon filter cartridges, refrigerator replacement filters, reverse osmosis systems, shower filters, camping filters and many others. Discover more on the website: www.waterfilters.net.
In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 94 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14 percent from last year. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000. “Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. magazine Editor Jane Berentson.
According to WaterFilters.NET CEO Jamin Arvig, there are a number of key factors driving company growth. First and foremost, the management team has recruited outstanding associates with diverse skill sets who are focused on company core values–particularly on excellence and continuous improvement. Secondly and on a related note, world-class customer service fuels growth: 98% of online and phone orders at WaterFilters.NET are filled to ship the same day as the order is placed. Subsequently, word of mouth further contributes to a reputation for quality and personalized service: for example, overall scores for WaterFilters.NET on e-commerce rating site Bizrate is “outstanding.” Finally, WaterFilters.NET has cultivated strong relationships with suppliers, enabling the company to provide customers with affordable and authentic filters from well-known suppliers like Culligan and Pentek. Moreover, established supplier connections equip WaterFilters.NET to identify water filter products that are interchangeable with other brands in the website’s “Search by Brand” pages.
Strategic alliances with suppliers and manufacturers mean WaterFilters.NET has assembled the highest quality and most customer-friendly water filters on one central website. The company’s business model has effectively made it easier for online consumers to learn about, select and purchase water filters with simplicity in a market that was previously complex, fragmented and limited. WaterFilters.NET is consolidating resources to provide customers with selection, ease and expertise. Values of teamwork, energy and motivation, integrity and reliability position the company for consistently expansive growth.