BUSINESS NEWS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2002
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Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.

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Accountable to themselves
Messer Construction doesn't have to answer to Wall Street, investment analysts or even the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Privately owned businesses continue to be critical to the growth, prosperity and leadership of the country.
Health care costs bite deep but more pain predicted next year
Virtually all companies on the Greater Cincinnati 100 roster have this much in common: Premiums for health insurance have exploded in the past year, and the shock waves are building for another blast in 2003.
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
More than half of Cincinnati's top 100 private firms expect the lackluster economy will extend into 2003 and beyond.
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Sometime in 2000 the Habegger family faced the moment of truth.
Builder moves up - for now
This year's move up the Cincinnati 100 list could prove to be bittersweet for Cincinnati United Contractors Inc., the Loveland-based commercial construction company.
Floturn flourishes as others fall
FAIRFIELD - Floturn Inc. has managed to flourish despite a recession that's taken a toll on many manufacturers.
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Service is where the rubber hits the road at Erlanger-based Bob Sumerel Tire Co.
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer
WALTON - What telecom shakeout?
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Erpenbeck archive
A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.

Greater Cincinnati 100
Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
11 companies break into top 100
List of Greater Cincinnati 100