Arkel International Ranks High on Inc. 500 List

11/3/2008 12:00:00 AM
Baton Rouge, LA - November 4, 2008 - Arkel International, a Baton Rouge-based construction, prime power, logistics,and life support company, debuted on Inc. magazine's "Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America" list at number 713. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

"I'd say it is not just the people, but specifically, the passion Arkel people have," states Claire Major, VP of BusinessDevelopment. Major continues, "Our work is unique, dealing with the kind of places and events that you read about and see on national/international news. I think that sparks something in people that makes work more than merely a job- work that engages us in a way that makes us feel we are contributing to something much bigger than providing a service or a product. Passionate people doing work that makes a difference in places where people need help, is one contributor to Arkel's success."

Arkel International boasts growth of 479.9% from 2004 to 2007, as reported by Inc. magazine. This growth rate placed Arkel highest among the fourteen Baton Rouge-area companies to make the list, and number thirty-six on the “Top 100 Construction Companies” nationwide.

“The turning point was concentrating on Government Services. It came gradually as we steadfastly built our experience, our people, and our clients -- slowly but surely. Now we do everything from mass catering for FEMA, building man camps, O&M, to installing complicated construction projects like power plants. It started with our entry into Iraq [in 2003] and continues today. That focus and adding great people has driven the process and our reputation in the industry,” said Arkel President, George Knost.

Baton Rouge metro-area had more companies make the list than any other metro area in Louisiana (New Orleans had ten, Lafayette four), and Baton Rouge placed third among all metro-areas in the United States by median revenue— $18.8 million.

“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivaled portrait of young, under-reported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.”


The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be based in the U.S., and privately held, independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

About Arkel International

Arkel International is an infrastructure and essential services company helping governments, militaries and prime contractors work successfully in the world’s most austere and remote locations. Arkel was founded in 1954, and has a thirty-year history of working overseas building sugar plants, providing construction and power generation, logistical and life support.

The Arkel approach is to provide integrated solutions to serve the unique needs of customers doing work in underdeveloped, hostile and emerging markets or where there is little or no infrastructure. Arkel self-performs in their core competencies of construction, base operations, logistical and life support, power generation and IT/Communications.

Find out more about Arkel International by visiting the company’s website at