Boone-based ECRS Again Honored as an Inc. 5000 Company for Second Year in a Row

Published Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:03 am

Inc. magazine has released its 35th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Western North Carolina-based retail technology firm, ECRS, joins this impressive list for the second consecutive year.

The list represents the most comprehensive look at a vital segment of the U.S. economy —America’s growing entrepreneurial enterprises. Inc. 5000 described the 2016 list as the “the superheroes of the U.S. economy. America’s fastest-growing private companies wield powers like strategy, service, and innovation.”

“I am very proud of the ECRS team and honored to be part of this distinguished and dynamic group for a second year,” said Pete Catoe, founder and CEO of ECRS.

ECRS will be recognized at the Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala, October 18-20, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.

ECRS provides retail success solutions to retailers in grocery, specialty/gourmet foods, natural/organic grocery, and spirits/beverage segments. Catoe  founded the company in 1989 as a student at Appalachian State University in Boone. The company is located on Howard Street.

The company has enjoyed steady growth and a stellar 2014 – 2016.

ECRS is one of the largest private employers in Watauga County, NC and continues to grow its extensive client-base throughout the United States and beyond.

Last year, ECRS and Appalachian State University announced that ECRS would award $90,000 in scholarship funds over the next four years, to incoming Appalachian State University freshmen who intend to major in computer science. Two students will be selected each year for this scholarship, and the scholarships will be handed out in increments of $22,500 each for four years.

Learn more at www.ecrs.com.

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