"We keep a pretty low profile," said CEO Dennis "Rusty" Sheppard, a 58-year-old Wallace native. Sheppard
teamed with his son's best friend - Kellogg High School graduate Matthew James - to form NASCO
The company, which now has 12 offices nationwide, has doubled in size each of the past five years, Sheppard
"Our goal this year is to do it again, and we have the contracts in hand to do that," he
said.Keeping up with that growth is the company's single biggest challenge, he
sees the company's ability to manage growth as NASCO's
only limiting factor - if and when it becomes a problem.
Gross annual sales of $70 million amount to a little over $1 million per each of the company's 70 employees, Sheppard
Despite NASCO's success, Sheppard
said the company still considers itself small.
"We are a family-oriented company," he
It offers a full benefits package, with medical and retirement, along with college scholarships for employees and their children.
Last year, the largest single scholarship was $21,000, and Sheppard
said some larger awards are planned this year.
More than $1 million in bonuses were handed out last year, he
said, and the company flies all employees and their families in twice a year for the company picnic and Christmas party.
The employees have been key to the company's success, Sheppard
"If you get the good people, you can grow as fast as you want," he