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Midlands company among Inc 5000 fastest growing

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Each year, Inc magazine ranks 5,000 companies in the US according to percentage revenue growth over a 3 year period. And each year, many companies in our state make the list of these fastest growing enterprises. Our next guest’s company made the list with an average annual growth rate of 158% due to the demand for their diesel engine diagnostic software. Mike Switzer interviews Tyler Robertson, CEO of Diesel Laptops in Irmo, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.