Business 2.0
West
Rank: 72 (2004 rank: 49)
Get quote: WSTC
Employees: 28,000
  
Headquarters: Omaha, NE Sector(s): Business Services

Why It's Growing So Fast: Conference calls are West's specialty. Last year it bought a competitor for $52 million and swelled its business 88 percent.
Revenue 1,217.4 14.5 70
Earnings 113.2 10.2 92
Cash flow growth (3-year annualized) -- 37.9 69
Stock return (12 months) 28.0
Headcount change (12 months) 12.0