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Flame-pumping machine operators, fishmongers and organic cheese makers are among the companies in the first round of InDaily’s South Australian Business Index, revealed today.

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SA's Top 100 Businesses

South Australia is an economy in transition and this is clearly demonstrated in the Index – a ranking of the 100 top SA companies, compiled in partnership with Prescott Securities, the University of South Australia and the Adelaide Convention Centre.

This first round of 25 companies (100-76) make an impressive list, creating jobs for about 2000 South Australians and contributing more than $440.8 million to the state’s economy.

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After a tumultuous period of closures and redundancies, South Australia is experiencing a “changing of the guard” and new sectors are rising to take the place of traditional industries.

While manufacturing maintains a firm hold in the first quarter of the list, food, wine and services are making a strong showing and represent half the industries.

South Australian food and wine businesses entering the 100 are dot.com specialists Wine Cru with its successful VinoMOFO page (80), aquaculture company Clean Seas Tuna (88) and Australian Wholefoods (81), creators of traditional Italian  meals which are sold in supermarkets around the country.

Another traditional company, ice-cream producer Golden North (85), has been producing in Laura, South Australia for the past 90 years.

Many of the local businesses in our top 100 are not only leading in their chosen fields around the state and the country, they are also large players on a world stage.

With their bursts of hot, red flames pumping out at the edge of cricket grounds to the sound of fast and loud music, FCT International (93) has become a regular contributor to the atmosphere at major sporting events.

It is now a world leader in combustion engineering and currently consists of three businesses – FCT Combustion, FCT Flames & FCT ACTech.

Starting more than 160 years ago when the materials it produced were somewhat of a luxury, Wigg & Son (91) has demonstrated that old products such as paper and envelopes still have a place in today’s high-tech world.

Skills and services are well represented and demonstrate why the sector is becoming a strong contributor to the state’s economy.

Workskil Australia (76) was established in South Australia in 1982 and is a major provider of employment and community services, participating in many labour market initiatives.

The remaining South Australian businesses from 75 to 1 of the top 100 will be published by InDaily in the days leading up to the South Australian Business Index lunch on Wednesday, 28 October, with SA Premier Jay Weatherill as one of the guest speakers.

A panel discussion will be moderated by InDaily’s Tom Richardson and feature Crows’ chairman Rob Chapman (also the keynote speaker), Uber Australia’s general manager David Rohrsheim, Prescott general manager Andrew Sterzl, prominent local businesswoman Angelique Boileau from Boileau Business Solutions and Professor Jana Matthews, the director of UniSA’s Centre for Business Growth.

Entries for the InDaily South Australian Business Index Top 100 were eligible based on the following criteria:

Top SA Businesses: 100-76, the countdown begins

Urban Environs2 100
UrbanVirons Group Pty Ltd
Sector: Services
Financial year revenue: $8,061,517
Employees: 65
UrbanVirons Group has private and government garden service tenders throughout South Australia.
Charmonix2 99
Chamonix IT Management Consulting (SA) Pty Ltd
Sector: Information Technology
Financial year revenue: $8,402,386
Employees: 41
IT Management and Consulting business
 Axiom Properties2 98
Axiom Properties Ltd
Sector: Real Estate
Financial year revenue: $9,590,000
Employees: Not published
Axiom is a property development and investment business whose current projects include the Churchill Centre in Kilburn.
 Caring Choice 97
Caring Choice Pty Ltd
Sector: Aged & Disability Care
Financial year revenue: $10,000,000
Employees: 130
Caring Choice provides flexible in-home and respite care to more than 2500 South Australians every year.
 Boileau 96
Boileau Business Solutions Pty Ltd
Sector: Services
Financial year revenue: $10,687,448
Employees: 42
Boileau specialises in providing technology solutions to the South Australian commercial business sector.
 Baker 95
Baker Advertising & Marketing
Sector: Services
Financial year revenue: $11,127,569
Employees: 11
Baker Advertising & Marketing is a full-service advertising agency based in Adelaide.
 Scantech 94
Scantech Limited
Sector: Manufacturing
Financial year revenue: $13,256,000
Employees: 31
Scantech is the world leader in the application of online real-time measurement technology for bulk materials.
 FCT International 93
FCT International
Sector: Manufacturing
Financial year revenue: $15,600,000
Employees: 40
FCT International – FCT Combustion, FCT Flames & FCT ACTech – leads the field in combustion.
 b-d Paris Farm Creek 92
B.-d. Farm Paris Creek
Sector: Food and wine
Financial year revenue: $15,668,000
Employees: Not published
This biodynamic/organic dairy company produces milk, butter, cheese, quark, yogurt and flavoured milk.
 ES Wigg & Son 91
E. S. Wigg & Son
Sector: Manufacturing
Financial year revenue: $16,000,000
Employees: 80
Wigg & Son has been specialist in the print and manufacture of envelopes for more than 160 years.
 Bionomics 90
Bionomics Ltd
Sector: Biotechnology
Financial year revenue: $16,616,405
Employees: 140
Bionomics is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to making better treatments for cancer, central nervous system disorders.
 Ferguson Australia 89
Ferguson Australia
Sector: Food and wine
Financial year revenue: $20,054,666
Employees: Not published
Ferguson Australia catch, manufacture and distribute, prestige gourmet rock lobster and seafood products.
 Clean Seas 88
Clean Seas Tuna Limited
Sector: Food and wine
Financial year revenue: $20,133,000
Employees: Not published
Cleanseas is an Australian producer of kingfish, tuna and mulloway.
 Minijumbuck Wool 87
MiniJumbuk, SA Wool Pty Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Financial year revenue: $22,000,000
Employees: 50
MiniJumbuk is designing and producing world-quality premium wool bedding products.
 Chem Supply 86
Chem-Supply Pty Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Financial year revenue: $22,120,000
Employees: 65
Founded in 1989, Chem-Supply has grown to become recognised as a reputable and knowledgeable chemical supplier.
 Golden North 85
Golden North Pty Ltd
Sector: Food and wine
Financial year revenue: $23,322,196
Employees: 50
Golden North Ice Cream has produced delicious products in Laura, South Australia, for the past 90 years.
 dArenberg 84
d’Arenberg Pty Ltd
Sector: Food and wine
Financial year revenue: $23,389,000
Employees: 75
d’Arenberg is a world renowned, family owned, McLaren Vale winery that produces high-quality, award-winning wines.
 Keyinvest 83
KeyInvest Ltd.
Sector: Financial services
Financial year revenue: $23,400,000
Employees: 40
KeyInvest is a leading Australian provider of financial and retirement services.
 IJF 82
IJF
Sector: Manufacturing
Financial year revenue: $25,000,000
Employees: 120
For more than 50 years IJF Australia has specialised in office and residential fit-outs with a strong sustainability and family focus.
 Australian Whole Foods 81
Australian Wholefoods
Sector: Food and wine
Financial year revenue: $27,000,000
Employees: 130
A leading manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label meals that are stocked in supermarkets around Australia.
 Wine Cru 80
Wine Cru Pty Ltd
Sector: Food and wine
Financial year revenue: $30,000,000
Employees: 85
Wine Cru Pty Ltd. owns and operates the web portal vinomofo.com that offers daily deals for wines online.
 Redarc 79
REDARC Electronics Pty Ltd
Sector: Manufacturing
Financial year revenue: n/p
Employees: 121
Redarc has more than 35 years’ experience in developing and building electronic voltage converters and associated products.
 Customs Agency Services 78
Customs Agency Services Pty Ltd
Sector: Services
Financial year revenue: n/p
Employees: Not provided
Customs Agency Services is an international freight forwarding and customs brokerage organisation.
 Partek 77
Partek Industries Pty Ltd
Sector: Commercial construction
Financial year revenue: $31,000,000
Employees: Not published
Partek prides itself on quality service, innovative building techniques and a track record of customer satisfaction.
 Worksil 76
Workskil Australia Inc.
Sector: Service
Financial year revenue: $38,334,738
Employees: 508
Workskil Australia is a major provider of employment and community services, participating in many labour market initiatives.

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