Rank: 22 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: George Trahan.
Headquarters: Torrance, CA
Revenue: $28.5 million
(four quarters to 12/31/08)
Return to investors: 53%
(three years to 12/81/08, annualized rate)
Hi-Shear is in the business of blowing things up, but only small things: It manufactures "pyrotechnic power cartridges" that are used for everything from fighter aircraft ejection seats to separating launched satellites from their spent rockets. In 2008, Hi-Shear separation nuts and pressure cartridges helped NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander arrive safely on the surface of Mars.
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