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Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

Torch has been recognized numerous times for our culture, ethics, and business practices. For a detailed listing of all corporate recognition and awards, see the Awards and Recognition timeline below. Here, we have highlighted some of the awards that we believe represent our uniquely positive culture.

In 2016, Torch was named one of America’s Best Small Companies by Forbes. Torch was one of 25 companies selected, and the only Alabama company named to the list. The Best Small Companies were selected by Forbes, who received nominations and determined the winning companies based on specific criteria, focusing on companies that "had the opportunity to grow much faster but its leaders decided to focus on being great rather than just big."

Also in 2016, Torch was named one of the country’s 20 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services by Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine. The winning companies were selected based on responses to the Trust Index©, Great Place to Work®’s anonymous employee assessment survey. Employees assessed the levels of trust, pride and camaraderie they experience in their workplace.

For the third time, Torch was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Huntsville/Madison County in 2016. The winning companies were selected based on responses to an anonymous employee assessment that specializes in measuring workplace satisfaction. The survey measured team effectiveness, retention probability, alignment with goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, work engagement and people practices.

We are the only company to receive the North Alabama Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics three times - in 2005, 2009, and 2015. This award honors businesses that demonstrate exceedingly high standards of behavior toward customers and employees, adherence to truthful and honorable practices, and an earned reputation for noteworthy contributions to their industries and the communities in which they do business.

In 2015, for the ninth consecutive year, Inc. magazine listed Torch in the Inc.5000.

Torch was selected as the 2013 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year by the Small Business Administration (SBA) Region IV, following a nomination from the Aviation & Missile Life Cycle Management Command, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). The SBA’s comprehensive evaluation/selection criteria included: overall management, delivery performance, technical capabilities, labor relations, cost performance, special achievements, resource utilization, customer interface, financial strength, and exceptional results.

The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) named Torch as one of four winners of its 2012 Innovations in Employee Ownership Award. The award recognizes companies with the "most creative and impactful practices that grow and enhance the culture of an engaged, employee-owned workforce."

In 2008, The Principal Financial Group named Torch one of the Ten Best Companies for Employee Financial Security, an award presented to the best small and medium companies nationally for their commitment to their employees’ financial security.

Awards and Recognition Timeline

2016

12-Oct
Ranked #31 on the Best Medium Places List

Torch Technologies earned a place among the country's Best Small and Medium Workplaces announced by consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune.
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18-Aug
Tenth Listing on Inc.5000

Ranked number 3,634, Torch is the only Huntsville-based company that has been on the list for 10 consecutive years, and one of only two companies in Alabama to make the list 10 or more years.
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Tenth Listing on Inc.5000
22-Jun
Washington Technology Top 100

Washington Technology released it's annual "Top 100" list of largest engineering service providers to the Federal Government, and Torch moved up 11 spots to number 75.
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Washington Technology Top 100
22-Apr
Auburn Top Tiger Award Finalist

Torch Technologies placed fifth in the large business category at the second annual Top Tiger event at Auburn University.
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Auburn Top Tiger Award Finalist
31-Mar
"Best Places to Work” Winner

Torch recognized for the third time as a “Best Places to Work” winner by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the North Alabama chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
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"Best Places to Work” Winner
29-Jan
Forbes Best Small Companies in America

Torch was named one of the Best Small Companies in America for 2016 by Forbes. Torch was one of 25 companies selected, and the only Alabama based company on the list.
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2015

18-Nov
Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Torch is the only three-time recipient for the North Alabama Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for marketplace ethics.
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13-Aug
Ninth Listing on Inc.5000

Ranked at #2,889, Torch is the only Huntsville company with a 2014 revenue of more than $100 million and had the highest revenue in 2014 among all Huntsville industries. Torch also had the highest annual revenue in 2014 of all Government Services industry companies in Alabama and was in the top 3 highest annual revenues in Government Services in the country.
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Ninth Listing on Inc.5000
22-Jun
Washington Technology Top 100

Washington Technology recently released its annual "Top 100" list and Torch Technologies is ranked #86 of the Top 100.
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Washington Technology Top 100
01-Jun
Auburn Top Tiger Award Finalist

Torch placed fourth in the large business category for the inaugural Top Tiger awards held by the Auburn University, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.
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Auburn Top Tiger Award Finalist

2014

20-Aug
Eighth Listing on Inc. 5000

INC. Magazine has released the 2014 INC5000 list and Torch Technologies made the list once again at #1921.
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Eighth Listing on Inc. 5000

2013

05-Nov
Partners in Philanthropy Award

Torch Technologies was presented the "Partners in Philanthropy Award" by the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County during the fourth annual Summit on Philanthropy. The Summit was held, in front of a capacity crowd of over 200 attendees, on Nov. 5 at the Baron Bluff at Burritt on the Mountain.
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Partners in Philanthropy Award
30-Oct
Torch Recognized by INC for Hire Power Award

Torch was recognized again in 2013, for the second consecutive year, as recipient of the INC Hire Power Award for job creation. Torch is among the 437 private growth companies that are HIRE POWER AWARDS honorees, leading the way in creating more American jobs.
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Torch Recognized by INC for Hire Power Award
21-Aug
Seventh Listing on Inc. 5000

INC. Magazine has released the 2013 INC5000 list and Torch Technologies made the list once again at #1811.
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Seventh Listing on Inc. 5000
11-Jun
U.S. SBA Region IV Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration selected Torch Technologies as the 2013 Region IV Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year following a nomination from the Aviation & Missile Life Cycle Management Command, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). According to AMCOM OSBP, Torch was nominated for its outstanding performance and support of AMCOM and Team Redstone.
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2012

04-Dec
Torch Technologies Honored for Alabama Job Creation

Huntsville-based Torch Technologies, Inc. was featured in the inaugural ranking of Inc. Magazine's Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years.
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Torch Technologies Honored for Alabama Job Creation
21-Aug
Sixth Listing on Inc. 5000

Inc. Magazine’s 2011 Inc.5000 list ranks Torch at #1663.
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Sixth Listing on Inc. 5000
09-May
"Best Places to Work” Winner

Again recognized as a “Best Places to Work” winner by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the North Alabama chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
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"Best Places to Work” Winner
26-Apr
“Innovations in Employee Ownership" Award

National Center for Employee-Ownership (NCEO) selects Torch for the “Innovations in Employee Ownership" Award
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2011

23-Aug
Fifth Listing on Inc.5000

Torch makes Inc.5000 list for fifth consecutive year, earning “Inc. Honor Roll” status
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Fifth Listing on Inc.5000
23-May
Top Small Company Workplace

Selected by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces as a one of the “Top Small Company Workplaces”
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2010

25-Aug
Fourth Listing on Inc.5000

Listed on Inc.5000 for fourth consecutive year, ranking at #19 among engineering services companies nationally
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Fourth Listing on Inc.5000
08-Jun
Finalist in Inc. Magazine’s and Winning Workplaces’ Top Small Company Workplaces Competition

Selected as a finalist for Inc. Magazine’s and Winning Workplaces’ Top Small Company Workplaces competition, which recognizes the best small- and mid-sized places to work in the country
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2009

19-Nov
Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Winner of North Alabama Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics (Large-size Business category)
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12-Aug
Third Listing on Inc.5000

Torch ranked third among engineering companies in the Southeast on the Inc.5000 list and at #25 among engineering companies nationally.
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Third Listing on Inc.5000
25-Jun
Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Torch’s CEO, Bill Roark, selected as a Southeast region finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year

2008

13-Nov
IT/Technology Business of the Year

Named as IT/Technology Business of the Year by the Alabama Information Technology Association (AITA)

23-Aug
Second Listing on Inc.5000

Listed on the Inc.5000 for second consecutive year; ranked at #74 in the Defense Contractor category
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Second Listing on Inc.5000
20-Aug
The Principal Financial Group Recognizes Torch for Financial Security

Named by The Principal Financial Group as one of “The 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security”
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The Principal Financial Group  Recognizes Torch for Financial Security
22-Apr
“Best Place to Work”

One of the “Best Places to Work” as recognized by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and the North Alabama Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
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2007

23-Aug
Small Business of the Year

Huntsville Chamber of Commerce recognizes Torch as the Small Business of the Year in the Technology category
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23-Aug
First Listing on the Inc.5000

Inc. Magazine ranks Torch as the number one Fastest Growing Privately held Defense Contractor in the Southeast Region on its Inc.5000 list.
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First Listing on the Inc.5000

2006

27-Oct
AITA the Technology Company of the Year

Alabama Information Technology Association selects Torch as a finalist for the Technology Company of the Year (Small Business category)
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23-May
“Hot 100” Listing

Entrepreneur Magazine lists Torch at #54 in the annual “Hot 100” Issue
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2005

15-Nov
Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Winner of North Alabama Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics (Mid-size Business category)
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