In the Lead Companies

How we calculated the Top 50 in Business

2 years ago

Figures for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Top 50 lists were derived from company reports, Bloomberg and Post-Gazette research.

 Longtime local stalwart PPG Industries moved to No. 10 from its 2011 position of No. 21 among overall top performers

Overall top performers in the region

2 years ago

Remember when your parents warned you that the television, which they fondly referred to as the idiot box, would take over the world?

 GNC Holdings' profit surge helped place it among to top five companies based on growth. As a maker of vitamins and supplements, it sponsors the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile race; last year's event started in the in the Strip District and ended Downtown, with Eric Rauterkus of the South Side winning the recreational mile.

Top public companies based on growth

2 years ago

Companies landing atop the heap in the region's growth category this year generally can boast double-digit gains across all

 Pittsburgh-based PNC was the only newcomer to the top five this year, earning $2.83 billion in 2012.

Top performers based on income

2 years ago

PNC Financial Services Group saw earnings dip 6 percent in 2012 but still generated enough money to break into the top five this time.

 Ron Safran of Wabtec Corp. assembles an air compressor at the company's Wilmerding plant in January 2012. The rail and transit industries supplier posted a 21.5 percent revenue gain in 2012.

Top performers based on revenue

2 years ago

Mergers and acquisitions are coming back into fashion, now that companies are starting to stand up from the recessionary crouch.

 Automated people movers being tested at the Bombardier assembly plant in West Mifflin. The company finished second in this year's rankings.

Top performers based on ROE

2 years ago

GlaxoSmithKline saw an increase in its return on equity last year to 66 percent, up from 58.8 a year earlier.

 A customer shops for shirts at an American Eagle Outfitters Inc. store in San Francisco. The teen apparel retailer saw its stock price increase by 43.4 percent in 2012.

Top performers based on stock price

2 years ago

Involvement in a scandal to rig a benchmark interest rate, lingering fallout from its near collapse four years ago, protests against

 New York-based Verizon benefitted from nearly an 8 percent rise in its share price in 2012, becoming the region's top public company based on market cap.

Top performers based on market cap

2 years ago

Verizon ousted GlaxoSmithKline as the region's largest public company, a list dominated by firms headquartered outside of the Tri-state.

 Sales representative Harry Gosnell, left, with customer David Goldblum of Connellsville at No. 1 Cochran's Subaru showroom in Monroeville. Major car dealers in the area had a strong sales year.

The region's top private companies

2 years ago

Looking for a foolproof business plan? Try getting Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to sell Buicks and 2x4s.

 The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's remediation of Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park has benefited from grants from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Top foundations

2 years ago

Most of Pittsburgh's largest foundations handed out more grants in 2012 than the prior year, despite the slow economic recovery.

 Patient Care Manager Doreen Steiner directing a disaster drill at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Highmark, UPMC drive health care industry

2 years ago

It is easy to see why the ongoing Highmark-West Penn Allegheny-UPMC affiliations and battles have drawn so much attention.

 Students in advanced jazz warm up before class in Point Park University's new George Rowland White Dance Studio Two, Downtown.

Colleges offering students and parents an education on the price of rising debt

2 years ago

In the freshman orientation process at Slippery Rock University, students are required to attend a series of seminars on campus life.