Fleming at Top, SAIC Off IT Consulting List

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014 12:00 am  

Fleming Network Services remains at the top on this year’s list of the state’s largest IT consulting companies.

Fleming reported employing 275 in the state this year, a bump from last year’s 230.

One major change in this year’s list was the removal of Science Applications International Corp. The company was replaced by Leidos of Reston, Va., which has 200 employees in multiple locations in Arkansas. SAIC reported 192 employees in Arkansas last year.

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Jennifer Gephart, a spokeswoman for Leidos, said the change was due to Leidos spinning off SAIC into a separate company in September 2013.

Leidos is a $6 billion company with 23,000 employees worldwide. It provides high-tech services in national security, health and engineering. A spokeswoman said SAIC had no employees in Arkansas following the spinoff.

Most of the rest of the companies on this year’s list stayed roughly in the same spots.

Advanced Cabling Systems Inc. of North Little Rock grew from 105 to 110, but its position at No. 3 on the list was surpassed by Optus Inc. in Jonesboro, which in 2013 had 101 Arkansas employees and was up to 119 this year.

CEO Mark Duckworth said the company invested “heavily” last year in growth, adding several executive positions, among others.

“We did experience some growth last year; [revenue] grew a little over 8 percent year over year,” Duckworth said. “We’re planning to grow 20 percent in 2014.”

Revenue reached $30 million in 2013, he said, and the projection for 2014 is $36 million.

He said the company’s national accounts are being grown “aggressively.”



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