Vidalia Company Appears on List of Fastest Growing Companies for 3rd Year

August 14, 2019

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the 3rd Time, Southern Designs Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 835

NEW YORK, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Southern Designs is No. 835 on its 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.

This is Southern Designs’ third year making the list, a testament to the consistent growth and success of the company.

“We are thrilled to receive this honor for a third year in a row as only 1 in 8 companies that make the Inc. 5000 are able to do it three times. This honor is a testament to our skilled and dedicated staff and their efforts to achieve the goals we’ve laid out at Southern Designs,” says Tance Hughes, CEO Southern Designs.

Southern Designs has grown substantially over the past year, expanding to include two new brands, Cut Maps ( and Carter+ Main. ( Cut Maps manufactures and sells custom maps while Carter + Main sells unique peel-and-stick wallpaper.

“The Hughes family is thankful for our dedicated team members and continued support from our community as a whole. We are humbled to see how much support we continually receive from so many different people,” says Hughes.

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

About Southern Designs
Southern Designs is a family owned manufacturer of metal, wood and printed products in Vidalia, Louisiana. The company is comprised of five divisions Metal Unlimited, Cut Maps, Carter + Main, Southern Design, and Semafab. MetalUnlimited, Cut Maps, Carter + Main, and Southern Design are primarily focused on home decor and personalized products, while Semafab provides metal plate processing and powder coating services to industrial clients. The company prides itself on manufacturing the majority of its own components in house, utilizing internet sales to inject new dollars into the local economy, and providing quality jobs.

Jessica Cauthen
Marketing Coordinator, Southern Designs -318-336-8885

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Methodology

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 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