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Globe 100

No. 1 company

A steadied aim for Smith & Wesson

Refocused on handguns, Springfield gun maker rises to the top spot on the Globe 100

A 161-year-old company doesn’t top the Globe 100 without making some updates. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. has expanded its product lines significantly since 2005, when it was still known almost exclusively for revolvers.

But a key to the Springfield gun maker’s surge from an unranked Globe 100 company last year to number one this year was a matter of focus.

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