No. 1 industrial company

// Altra: A manufacturer in motion

From elevators to wind turbines, lawn mowers to warships, Altra’s 20 companies make products that propel and harness the movement that powers industry.

No. 1 technology company

// Parametric: Maker of the connected fridge, and other wonders

The company’s products help make sophisticated devices like smartphones smarter, but it’s also behind a whole different class of household appliance: more connected refrigerators.

No. 1 medical device company

// Covidien turns medical devices into cash

Covidien has stitched together a bulging catalog of more than 50,000 obscure health products, ranging from surgical instruments to bandages, that together generate billions of dollars in sales a year.

No. 1 finance company

// Eaton Vance: Rising tall in a tough year

In 2011 - a tough year for financial firms - the Boston-based mutual fund company had $1.2 billion in revenue, up 7 percent from the previous year.

No. 1 real estate company

// Boston Properties: A towering presence

It was among the few real estate firms to move forward last year with construction of new office projects.

No. 1 telecom company

// IPG burns bright

The Oxford-based maker of optical fiber lasers saw increased demand from heavy manufacturers.

No. 1 services company

// Sapient back on top

Sapient’s history as a technology-focused company has clearly served it well in the current marketing climate.

No. 1 consumer company

// TJX keeps up discounting dominance

The Framingham powerhouse rode soaring sales and big profits to the top.

Globe 100 overview

Globe 100 | Overview

// The big comeback: The Globe 100 returns to full strength

Companies large and small returned to eligibility as the markets rebounded. For the first time in three years, there are 100 of the state’s top-performing public companies in our annual ranking.


How we chose the Globe 100

The Globe 100 ranks the best-performing publicly traded corporations based in Massachusetts by how well they increased sales, profits, and returns for shareholders during 2011. To be considered for the Globe 100 rankings, a company must: Maintain its corporate headquarters in Massachusetts; Trade its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq Stock Market, or the American Stock Exchange; Have been a public company for all of 2011; and Report revenue and profit for both 2010 and 2011.

Letter from the business editor

// Mass. business is bouncing back

For the first time since 2009, the Globe 100 features 100 companies. A strange milestone, but the Great Recession robbed many of the chance to make our list.

Globe 100 | Executive Roundtable

The joys, pains of running post-IPO companies

Call them the pipeline companies. To qualify for the Globe 100, companies must have traded stock for the calendar year. But what about companies that went public between January, 2011, and now? They’re in the pipeline. The Globe gathered three executives from such companies: Jeremy Allaire, chief executive of Cambridge video services provider Brightcove Inc.; Robert Forrester, chief operating officer at Verastem Inc. in Cambridge; and David Friend, chief executive of Boston-based online computer back-up company Carbonite Inc.

// ‘Intergalactic king’ and other job titles of distinction

In this age of informality, job titles are a lot more playful than they used to be. Copy writers and design directors might not stand out from the crowd, but copy crunchers and designer extraordinaires do.