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9. Bucyrus International
Bucyrus International
Rank: 9 (Previous rank: 27)
CEO: Timothy W. Sullivan
Address: 1100 Milwaukee Ave.
S. Milwaukee, WI 53172-2088
Bucyrus International makes giant shovels and other equipment for mining coal, copper, iron ore and other minerals. With more than 70% of sales for projects outside the U.S., the Milwaukee-based company kept revenues growing last year amid low commodities prices and tough credit conditions.

In February, the firm finalized its purchase of Terex Corp.'s surface-mining equipment business, which expanded Bucyrus's product line and Asian presence. Acquisition costs took a bite out of earnings for the most recent quarter, but the deal also led to a 30% increase in the company's order backlog for the first half of the year.--D.M.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 2,653.6 53 14
Net income** 290.8
Total return 11 57
Earnings per share 142 5
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $63.54
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 15
Industry: Industrial
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
($ millions)
1 KapStone Paper and Packaging 5 668.4
2 Bucyrus International 9 2,653.6
3 Fuel Systems Solutions 15 533.9
4 China Automotive Systems 23 295.1
5 Valassis Communications 36 2,243.1
6 Compass Minerals International 38 1,011.6
7 Olin 40 1,492.9
8 LKQ 48 2,140.6
9 Vistaprint 52 640.9
10 Coinstar 61 1,256.1
11 Sturm Ruger & Co 67 275.7
12 M & F Worldwide 68 1,807.0
13 Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile 70 1,504.5
14 Fluor 80 21,111.3
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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