Entrepreneurial styles, corporate cultures give these second-stage companies competitive advantages

Orlando Fla. (July 19, 2017) — SawStreet® is among 50 statewide companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years. SawStreet® was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.SawStreet’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.

 “These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.

“This is a strong group of companies that deserve this special recognition given annually to the state's top second stage companies,” said Dr. O’Neal. Second-stage companies are defined as those with six to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. There are many programs and incubators promoting start-up businesses; GrowFL is the only Florida program that focuses exclusively on second-stage companies.

We are both proud and honored to be included in the 2017 Florida Companies to Watch Award," said SawStreet® CEO James Young. "SawStreet® benefits from having a dedicated group of employees who strive everyday to do their best to support our customers. This type of award is indeed validation of their hard work. SawStreet® works in the very competive semiconductor market that continues to evolve at a very fast pace and we are thankful to our customers who continue to provide us opportunities to help support their growth and evolution. We look forward to continuing this growth and having a positive impact in our community."

Increasing Impact

From 2013 through 2016, these companies generated more than $1 billion in revenue and added more than 1,300 employees, reflecting a 137 percent increase in revenue and 219 percent increase in employment for the four-year period. That translates into a 30 percent annual growth rate for revenue and a 50 percent annual growth rate for employment.
These companies project continued growth in 2017, with a 53 percent revenue increase and 36 percent growth in employment compared to 2016. If their projections hold, these companies will have generated $1.6 billion in revenue and added more than 2,000 jobs over the last five years — a 262 percent increase in revenue and 333 percent increase in jobs since 2013.

Companies named to the list will be officially recognized October 14, 2017 at the Straz, Tampa, FL. For more information, visit  growfl.com/flctw17

About SawStreet®

SawStreet® is a privately owned quick turn semiconductor backend service provider founded in 2008.  SawStreet's services include grinding, dicing, pick & place, and inspection.  SawStreet is dedicated to providing the highest quality service and finding unique solutions to customer's more demanding requirements. SawStreet’s Silicon Valley experience in both semiconductor and backend services gives them unique insights into what is required to provide high quality, quick turn services to an industry where time to market issues are critical.

SawStreet® specializes in working on products for the microwave and millimeter wave market.  This requires working with GaAs, InP, GaN/SiC substrates that may be as thin as 50 microns and semiconductor circuits no larger than 250 x 250 microns.  Our services support a range of products used in the cellular, satellite, medical and security markets.  The first major product that we supported was semiconductor chips for the millimeter wave body scanners now in use in our airports. 

SawStreet® continues to innovate in the services it provides and continually works to further develop the software required to provide better services for our customers.

About GrowFL

GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening® — to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state — GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation.  GrowFL has assisted more than 1000 companies through the Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs and recognized 300 successful entrepreneurs through the annual awards program, Florida Companies to Watch.  Learn more at www.GrowFL.com.

About Edward Lowe Foundation

Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs).  The foundation focuses on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. In addition, the foundation has a mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving the natural resources and historically significant structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in southwest Michigan. Learn more at www.edwardlowe.org.


SawStreet Continues To Be Open During the COVID-19 Outbreak

SawStreet® has been categorized as an essential business and will continue to be open during the COVID-19 crisis.  

We continue to react and respond to multiple local and State orders directing the minimization of in-person workforce or shelters-in-place. These orders are designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19 but, these orders all contain exemptions for essential or critical businesses, services and functions, one of which is the critical need for the ongoing work of what the Department of Homeland Security defines as the Critical Infrastructure Sectors, and in particular the Defense Industrial Base.  We have been notified by a number of our Customers who fall into this category that they expect us to remain operational to meet our contractual obligations and therefore that we are considered critical infrastructure and are to remain open.

We have taken steps that allow many of our employees to work from home, yet maintain their ability to complete their work related duties.  We have made necessary changes in the way we operate at our facility, for those employees whose work cannot be done remotely, to ensure their safety and maintain a productive work environment.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes where appropriate.

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