New Way® Air Bearings Ranks No. 3245 on the 2009 Inc. 5,000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 80%

Inc. Magazine has ranked New Way® Air Bearings No. 3245 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. New Way, the world’s largest independent air bearing manufacturer, achieved this ranking with revenue growth of 80% from 2005 through 2008.

Philadelphia, PA, August 22, 2009 --( Inc. Magazine has ranked New Way® Air Bearings No. 3245 on its third annual Inc. 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 domestic marketplace – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Joining New Way Air Bearings on this year’s list are consumer electronics maker Vizio, Internet giant GoDaddy, and beverage maker Honest Tea, among other prominent brands. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

New Way Air Bearings, the world’s largest independent air bearing manufacturer, achieved its No. 3245 ranking with revenue growth of 80% from 2005 through 2008. Founded in 1994, the company’s growth accelerated with the 2005 launch of products engineered for the non-contact glass handling, processing and inspection needs of Flat Panel Display (FPD) and Solar (PV) manufacturers.

“This is the third year in a row we’ve made the Inc. 5000 list,” said New Way president and CEO Nick Hackett. “This is especially gratifying because, as a capital equipment component manufacturer, a number of our key markets – the semiconductor industry and FPD manufacturers, for example – were among the first casualties of the economic downturn. Yet we were able to maintain strong growth even through the end of 2008. Market diversification has served us well and positions us for future growth.”

Growth is what the Inc. 5000 is all about. In just its third year, the prestigious list provides the deepest look ever into the private companies that drive the American economy.

“Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. “That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.”

The 2009 Inc. 5000 serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 companies are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy.

“We made the list again because more and more engineers recognize the advantages our technology provides,” said New Way chairman and CTO Drew Devitt. “When you get down to the details, it’s downright humbling. We’re the 170th fastest-growing manufacturer in the country; we’re 13th in the mid-Atlantic Region, and 8th in Pennsylvania. For manufacturing companies our size ($5-25 million, 50-200 Employees) we rank 35th in the country, 4th in the region, and 2nd in PA.

“That also tells you something about the quality of our people, and the manufacturing strength we offer here in the Philadelphia area. We’re selling a lot of product, here in the US and around the world…especially in the Far East.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region, can be found online at the Inc. web site. The list features a profile for each company, almost all of them written as a result of Inc. interviews with management.


The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent -- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies -- as of December 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million. The top 10% of companies on the list comprise the Inc. 500, now in its 28th year.

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New Way Air Bearings on the 2009 Inc. 5000 List – Rankings At A Glance

National: 3245
Mid-Atlantic: 455
Pennsylvania: 126

National: 170
Mid-Atlantic: 13
Pennsylvania: 8

Aggregate Companies: $5-25 Million in Sales and 50-200 Employees
National: 719
Mid-Atlantic: 123
Pennsylvania: 30

Manufacturers: $5-25 Million in Sales and 50-200 Employees
National: 35
Mid-Atlantic: 4
Pennsylvania: 2

New Way Air Bearings
Michael Wright