No. 1 company A steadied aim for Smith & Wesson Refocused on handguns, Springfield gun maker rises to the top spot on the Globe 100 ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff A Smith & Wesson employee assembled a gun at the company's factory in Springfield. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff The 161-year-old gun maker topped the 2013 Globe 100 rankings of Massachusetts businesses. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff "We went back to what we do best, which is handguns. We divested the security business very successfully and since that point have not looked back," said Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff Smith & Wesson increased profits 14 times over in 2012, netting $66 million on sales of $538.6 million. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff Smith & Wesson has hired 350 new workers at its Springfield manufacturing center in the last two years. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff In recent years, Smith & Wesson has ventured beyond its core revolver business, introducing popular polymer handguns and modern sporting rifles.