Twenty-five years ago business editor Steve Bailey launched a new rite of spring: the Globe 100. Today nearly 500 companies have made at least one appearance on our annual list of best-performing public companies in Massachusetts.
Four of them impressively have made it every year: money manager Eaton Vance Corp., defense contractor Raytheon Co., discount retailer TJX Cos., and workwear provider Unifirst Corp. Concord Computing Corp. garnered the number one spot on our inaugural list. The Woburn firm, long ago acquired by a competitor, specialized in electronic authorizations like supermarket check cashing. This year’s number one, Springfield gun maker Smith & Wesson, has been around for 161 years and tops the Globe 100 for the first time.