D3 Glass is among the first round of 2017 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL. The awards event, now in its seventh year, honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state of Florida for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida.
D3 Glass was chosen from a candidate pool of more than 800 nominations; the finalists collectively represent $598 million in annual revenue and employ 3,200 full-time equivalent employees.
“This is an amazing honor to be recognized among the many great businesses in the State of Florida. Our sister company, MY Shower Door, was honored in 2013 and has more than doubled in size since that time. GrowFL has their ears to the ground and has a pulse of things to come. We’re happy to be growing at such a noteworthy rate,” stated Bill Daubmann, member of the D3 Glass team.
The Florida Companies to Watch program consists of two rounds of selections. Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees.
“We applaud these first round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders, going to the next level to grow their companies. They are true rock stars,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director.
The Ffnalists represent a group of scalable, high-growth enterprises already located within Florida. These high growth enterprises are an important segment of our economy and their numbers have been steadily increasing, which contributed to Florida’s ranking of 24 on the Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship. According to this report, “entrepreneurship is not a monolithic phenomenon, and it includes many moving parts. Creating new businesses is a different economic activity from running small businesses, which in turn is different from growing businesses.” Florida Companies to Watch recognizes the different approach needed to successfully grow and scale a business, and celebrates those that are working to achieve this goal.
Presented by GrowFL and developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is a distinguished awards program specifically designed to seek out second-stage businesses from a wide range of industries representing all areas of the state, not just those in major metropolitan areas. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities and within the state – thus deeming them “worth watching.”
The winners will be announced in mid-July. The 2017 honorees will be celebrated at the awards ceremony October 14th at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. For more information, visit www.GrowFL.com/flctw17.
D3 Glass, LLC is a family owned, expanding business specializing in the fabrication and tempering of flat glass products. The core business caters to local and national glass shops seeking high quality tempered and un-tempered flat glass products. For more information, visit www.D3Glass.com.