2021’s fastest-growing private companies in Chattanooga, TN

Photo of the front of the FreightWaves office in downtown Chattanooga. The photo features the front doors to the white brick building and the large "FreightWaves" sign above the doors.
FreightWaves was ranked the No. 1 fastest-growing private company in Tennessee | Photo via NOOGAtoday

12 companies in Chattanooga + the surrounding area rank among the fastest-growing private companies in the nation, according to the 2021 Inc. 5000 list.👏

Inc.com determined rankings for 5,000 companies in the US according to percentage revenue growth over a 3 year period. Chattanooga is home to 12 of the 120 TN-based companies that made the list this year.

These 11 companies had a median growth of 302%, total revenue of $385 million, 478 jobs added, and 6 repeat honorees.

Plus, local company FreightWaves was the No. 1 fastest-growing Tennessee company on the list. Even more impressive? Just 2 years ago, FreightWaves had lost half of its revenue.

Here’s the lowdown:

#85: FreightWaves

Industry: Media + software

Growth: 4,597%

What they do: A logistics software + media company — as CEO Craig Fuller puts it, they are “the nerve center of the global supply chain” and can be described as the outcome if “Bloomberg and ESPN had a baby”

#335: Text Request

Industry: Software

Growth: 1,399%

What they do: Help businesses connect with customers + increase profits through text messaging software 

#619: Network Transport

Industry: Logistics + transportation

Growth: 777%

What they do: Logistics company specializing in dry van, refrigerated, and flatbed transportation across 7 industry verticals

#896: Trident Transport

Industry: Logistics + transportation

Growth: 544%

What they do: A freight broker + logistics provider specializing in brokering and handling freight 

#1,194: Steam Logistics

Industry: Logistics + transportation

Growth: 405%

What they do: Third-party logistics company that provides comprehensive shipping services, including international ocean + air freight, domestic truckload and LTL shipping, and drayage services

#1,559: Reliance Partners

Industry: Insurance

Growth: 302%

What they do: Provide insurance products + risk management services for the transportation and logistics industry

Skuid, LYNC Logistics, Max Trans Logistics of Chattanooga, Syssero, Conversant Group, and Thinking Media rounded out the 12 — read more about them on Inc. 5000’s full ranking page by filtering the state + metro.

(Skuid is listed under “CHattanooga,” so it will not come up under that filter — but never fear, the company did indeed make the list).