The state's top 100 private companies are ranked, using 1996 revenues. General Parts, Inc., a Raleigh-based auto-parts distributor, replaced Klaussner Furniture Industries, Inc. as the top company. Klaussner had been No. 1 since 1993.
The state's largest general contractors are ranked. The companies average forty-eight years in operation, but only fourteen are owned locally. Two Charlotte companies, Shelco, Inc. and McDevitt Street Bovis, are first and second on the list.