Business New Hampshire Magazine recently rolled out a list of the Granite State’s Top 100 Private Companies. In a business climate that seems to suggest that all companies are struggling and there isn’t a success story in sight, the piece is a refreshing reminder that lemonade is indeed being produced amidst the economy’s years-long lemonpalooza.

Bonus thought: forty eight percent of NH companies in the Private 100 are family owned. That’s amazing, and is a testament to the strength of the state’s community backbone.

From the mag:

“Collectively, the Private 100 employ 35,665 people full-time, with 15,111 of those jobs in NH. Fifty three percent are located in the Merrimack Valley, with 21 percent in the Seacoast, 9 percent in the Upper Valley, seven percent in the Monadnock Region, six percent in the Lakes Region and four percent in the North Country.”

Calypso Communications is fortunate to have worked on marketing and public relations with a number these companies, such as Sprague Energy Corp. and Grappone Automotive Group, with present clients such as Normandeau Associates, an environmental consultancy, also making the “Fastest Growing Companies” list in the same issue.

What’s striking about the list is the diversity of the business sectors – from wholesale grocers to restaurants to oil and natural gas distribution to gym franchises to security and storage products to insurance companies.

From the mag:

“Traditional manufacturing and high tech dominate the list, representing 34 percent of the Private 100. They are followed by business services (25 percent), retail/wholesale (22 percent), construction (10 percent) and health care (1 percent.”

Our take-away is that rumors of the New Hampshire economy’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Here’s a look at some of the top companies:

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