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Gaylord, Michigan, Oct. 10, 2000 -, based in Gaylord, Michigan, has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in the country by Inc. magazine, which today released its annual ranking of the Inc. 500, the comprehensive guide to America's fastest-growing private companies. ranked 116th out of the 500 listing and is one of the 14 companies in the state of Michigan to have made this year's prestigious list.

The Inc. 500, published October 17th, is an exclusive report on the companies and CEO's who are changing the face of American business. Noteworthy alumni include such household corporate names as Microsoft, Timberland, Dominos Pizza and Pategonia.®, founded in 1994, specializes in Internet software solutions designed to leverage Internet connectivity for consumers, SOHO, and small-to-medium sized businesses. Deerfield publishes a leading suite of Internet connectivity, messaging and file-transfer products including: DNS2Go™, a free Internet domain naming system service that simplifies Internet communications; WinGate™ and InterQuick® for Internet sharing and connectivity optimization; MDaemon®, MailScan for MDaemon™, WorldClient®, and RelayFax® for a versatile Email solution including server, Web-based Email, and anti-virus protection capabilities and practical fax messenger; and FTP Serv-U for sharing and distributing files over the Internet. For more information on® visit

"® is honored to be included among the many successful organization's listed in Inc.500", says Mike Deerfield, CEO, "This accomplishment is reflective of the many talented, customer driven people who represent this organization and is great testament to the unified initiative is built around."

A record 22 companies on the 2000 Inc. 500 broke $100 million sales barrier, up from just 16 companies last year. Collective sales in 1999 by this year's companies topped $11 billion, with a 1,632% average sales growth from 1995 to 1999. The collective number of workers employed by this year's Inc. 500 companies reached 84,258 - a 25% increase in jobs from 1999.

A look at the Inc. 500 by sector indicates that the computer software and services sector dominates the rankings (38% of the 500). Other sectors represented on this year's list include: diversified services (17%), materials and construction (6%) and telecommunications (6%).

This marks the 19th year that Inc. has charted the progress of America's most innovative and successful entrepreneurs. To be eligible for the Inc. 500, companies have to be independent and privately held through 1999, have at least $200,000 in sales in the base year 1995, and their 1999 sales must have exceeded their 1998 sales. The ranking is based on the percentage increase in sales from 1995 through 1999. Inc. verified all information using tax forms and financial statements from certified public accountants and by conducting interviews with company officials.

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