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St. Augustine, Florida — MDG is pleased to announce its selection as one of the 50 statewide companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years. MDG was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.  
MDG’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.
“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.
Keri Matthews, CEO of MDG said, “We are very proud and honored to receive the “Florida Companies to Watch” award from GrowFL. This award is a testament to the hard work and customer service our team strives to provide every day. Our employees are the heart of Matthews Design Group, and we are receiving this award because of the company we have all built together. What we have is special and not found at a lot of other firms.”

Joining MDG on the Florida Companies to Watch list are the following Florida-based businesses:

Business Name: City, County - Primary Business
8-koi: Melbourne, Brevard - Management Consulting Services
Alluvionic, Inc.: Melbourne, Brevard -Management Consulting Services
ArgoTrak: Naples, Collier - Other Services (except Public Administration)
Artemis Plastics LLC: Ocala, Marion - Manufacturing
AXI International: Fort Myers, Lee - Manufacturing
Beast Code, LLC: Fort Walton,Beach Okaloosa - Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Benseron Hospitality: Naples, Collier - Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Body Details, LLLP: Boca Raton, Palm Beach - Other Services (except Public Administration)
Burgess Civil, LLC Tampa, Hillsborough - Construction
Bush Brothers Provision Company: West Palm Beach, Palm Beach - Wholesale Trade
CloudHesive: Fort Lauderdale, Broward - Information Technology
ContentBacon: Davie, Broward - Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Cornerstone Fabrication, LLC: Debary, Volusia - Manufacturing
Cruise Car, Inc.: Sarasota, Manatee - Manufacturing
Custom Manufacturing & Engineering: Pinellas Park, Pinellas - Manufacturing
DAK Resources, Inc.: Jacksonville, Duval - Administrative and Support Services
Digital Boardwalk, Inc.: Pensacola, Escambia - Information Technology
Digital Resource, LLC: West Palm Beach, Palm Beach - Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Easy Foods, Inc.: Kissimmee, Osceola - Manufacturing
Electronic Locksmith, Inc.: Apopka, Orange - Retail Trade
EPIC Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC: Winter Springs, Seminole - Information Technology
Expert Shutter Services: Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie - Manufacturing
Firehawk Helicopters: Leesburg, Lake - Other Services (except Public Administration)
Flame Boss: Orlando, Orange - Manufacturing
Forcura: Jacksonville, Duval - Information Technology
Fountainhead Commercial Capital: Lake Mary, Seminole - Finance and Insurance
FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers: Sarasota, Sarasota - Health Care and Social Assistance
G.S. Gelato & Desserts, Inc.: Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa - Manufacturing
Germfree: Ormond Beach, Volusia - Manufacturing
GM HILL: Jacksonville, Duval - Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Hesperos, Inc.: Orlando, Orange - Scientific Research and Development
Intellisteel Group, LLC: Leesburg, Lake - Manufacturing
Knight Federal Solutions: Orlando, Orange - Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Matthews Design Group, Inc.: St. Augustine, St. Johns - Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Motorworks Brewing: Bradenton, Manatee - Manufacturing
Next Horizon: Sanford, Seminole - Information Technology
Oasis Senior Advisors: Bonita Springs, Lee - Health Care and Social Assistance
RND Automation: Sarasota, Manatee - Manufacturing
Sarasota Medical Products, Inc.: Sarasota, Sarasota - Manufacturing
Structural Composites, a division of The Composites Company: W. Melbourne, Brevard - Scientific Research and Development
Sunrise Capital Investors: Clearwater, Pinellas - Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Sus Hi Eatstation: Orlando, Orange- Accommodation and Food Services
The Collage Companies: Lake Mary, Seminole- Construction Orlando, Orange - Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Triple E Equipment, Inc.: Pompano Beach, Broward - Retail Trade
US Submergent Technologies, LLC: Sarasota, Sarasota - Waste Management and Remediation Services
Vac-Tron Equipment: Okahumpka, Lake - Manufacturing
Vectra Digital: Fort Myers, Lee - Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
VetCor, LLC: Tampa, Hillsborough - Other Services (except Public Administration)
World Housing Solution, Inc.: Sanford, Seminole - Manufacturing

“This is a strong group of companies that deserve this special recognition given annually to the state's top second stage companies,” said Dr. Chris Morton, GrowFL Chairman of the GrowFL Advisory Board, CEO of NanoPhotonica and a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch honoree. Second-stage companies are defined as those with 6 to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. There are many programs and incubators promoting start-up businesses; GrowFL is the only Florida program that focuses exclusively on second-stage companies.
The 50 companies named the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch generated nearly $1 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 jobs between 2014 and 2017. 
Together, the companies project a 50 percent increase in revenue and 40 percent increase in job growth in 2018 compared to 2017.
Companies named to the list will be officially recognized February 9, 2019 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL. Tickets are on sale now for the awards ceremony.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


About MDG
Matthews Design Group, Inc. (MDG) opened its doors in 2005 and, over the years, has earned a solid reputation as a local leader for professional engineering services. MDG provides a wide range of services to both public agencies and private sector clients including: Civil Engineering, Land Planning, Site/Land Development, Master Planning, Landscape Architecture, Transportation/Roadway Engineering, Utility Engineering, Drainage and Water Resources. Additional services and experience include subdivision planning and design; permitting; grant research, procurement, and administration; studies and engineering assessments; forensic engineering; and expert witness testimony.
From concept to completion, MDG partners closely with and works alongside our client’s staff through each step of the process to successfully bring their vision to reality. We strive to deliver excellence in everything we do because excellence drives success for both us and our clients. To create excellence within MDG, we invest in hiring the best people and strive to create the best work environment for them to thrive and do what they do best. Engineering Better Communities is what we do and creating the best work environment and team is how we do it!
Over the past several years, MDG has experienced steady growth in revenues and personnel, and has grown to become the largest civil engineering firm in St. Johns County with nearly 30 employees.  MDG has created a positive work culture that translates into a positive client experience.  Both of these attributes have contributed to MDG’s success and have led to MDG being honored with the “Hot Firms” national award the last two years and a “Fast 50” local award. For the last three years, MDG has been a proud recipient of the “Best Engineering Firms to Work For” nationally and is currently ranked #5 in the Florida Trend “2018 Best Companies to Work For in Florida”.

About GrowFL:
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support, including strategic research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring and leadership development, to second-stage Florida companies. Created by the Florida legislature in 2009 and grounded in the philosophy of Economic Gardening® — growing existing businesses in a community, region or state — GrowFL is a critical component of the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website:

About the Edward Lowe Foundation:
Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). The foundation focuses on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. In addition, the foundation has a second mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving the natural resources and historically significant structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in southwest Michigan.


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