Dutch Country Living Lands Spot on Inc. Magazine’s List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies - the Inc. 5000

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Iowa company Dutch Country Living is recognized by Inc. Magazine

Dutch Country Living is currently comprised of three brands: Dutch Country General Store, Amish Made Poly, and Poly Furniture USA

Our Mission: We provide our patrons fine, authentic goods and services, coupled with an inspired nostalgic experience, reminiscent of simpler days gone by.

Iowa based Dutch Country Living is proud to announce that it has landed on Inc. magazine’s 37th annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. Dutch Country Living is the parent company of Dutch Country General Store, Amish Made Poly & Poly Furniture USA, and is headquartered in rural Davis County, Iowa. Dutch Country Living represents 1 of only 2 Iowa based retail companies to achieve a position on this year’s list.

“I am humbled that our team’s dedication and focus over the last several years has gotten us to this point. To be recognized on a national level is a huge honor, and we have been truly blessed,” says Levi Good, CEO.

In 2012, the adventurous then 21 year-old took the reins of a struggling enterprise; since that time Dutch Country Living has experienced phenomenal growth. Focusing on authentic Mennonite and Amish made products, the company has achieved growth both in brick and mortar as well as digitally. In 2016 the company launched a poly furniture division that has doubled in size each year since, but still stays true to authentic Amish roots. “Our poly furniture is not made in a big factory somewhere; it’s made in small shops on Amish farms using the same traditions of quality building that they’ve been using for hundreds of years. Sure, the material is now recycled poly, rather than wood, but the tradition remains the same,” noted Good.

The Dutch Country General Store operates as both brick and mortar store as well as online. A popular tourist stop, shoppers delight at the handmade and homemade product lines which include traditional Amish wood furniture, bulk foods, candy, candles, heirloom quilts, fabrics, wooden toys, jar goods, and more. “While we are popular with local folks, on any given day 75% of the cars in our parking lot are from out-of-state,” explains Store Manager, Brenda Hershberger. For this reason the store launched an online shopping experience in late 2017 and continues to add new products regularly with the goal of allowing visitors to enjoy the quality products and experience of shopping at the store from home or anywhere.

Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2018 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 538.2 percent, and a median rate of 171.8 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $206.1 billion in 2017, accounting for 664,095 jobs over the past three years.

“If your company is on the Inc. 5000, it’s unparalleled recognition of your years of hard work and sacrifice,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “The lines of business may come and go, or come and stay. What doesn’t change is the way entrepreneurs create and accelerate the forces that shape our lives.”

MEDIA CONTACT FOR DUTCH COUNTRY LIVING: Diana Upton-Hill, Hill Productions & Media Group, Inc., info@hillproductionsinc.com; 641.664.1216

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology
The 2018 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2014 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2014. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2017. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2014 is $100,000; the minimum for 2017 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 18,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

For more information contact:
Inc. Media
Drew Kerr
212-849-8250
dkerr@mansueto.com

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