'); //-->

Globe 100 Home
  | Index of coverage |

Top Ten
1. Teradyne Inc.
2. Analog Devices Inc.
3. LTX Corp.
4. EMC Corp.
5. Helix Tech. Corp.
6. ACT Manufacturing
7. Millipore Corp.
8. Talbots Inc.
9. Cytyc Corp.
10. FleetBoston

Year's Best
Company of year
Highest Market Value
Fastest Growth
Biggest Stock Gain
Comeback of the Year
Highest Sales

Overall performance
  1. ACT Manuf.
  2. Provant Inc.
  3. Analog Devices
  4. Sapient Corp.
  5. Foilmark Inc.
Bulls and Bears
  1. J. Jill Group
  2. Inverness Medical
  3. Reebok Intl.
  4. Bostonfed Bancorp
  5. John Hancock
  1. Aztec Tech.
  2. Engage Inc.
  3. CMGI Inc.
  4. Telaxis Comm.
  5. NaviSite Inc.

* The Globe 100
* Market value 100
* Sales 100
Return on equity 100
Growth 50
* Highest leveraged
* Top employers
* Most productive
* Industry summary
* Biggest profits
* Biggest losses
* The Bulls
* The Bears
* Top profit margins
* Debt-free companies
* Street's darlings
* Street's wallflowers
* 2000 Mass. IPOs
* Recoveries
* Nose Dives
All the charts for
this year's Globe 100

   | 2000 Globe 100 |

Sections Boston Globe Online: Page One Nation | World Metro | Region Business Sports Living | Arts Editorials

Search the Globe:


The Boston Globe OnlineBoston.com Boston Globe Online / Business / 2001 Globe 100

Helix chief Robert Lepofsky
Robert Lepofsky, Helix's CEO, says services bring in 40 percent of his company's revenue. (Globe Staff Photo / Jonathan Wiggs)

Numbers you can't argue with


Top 10 Companies

1. Teradyne Inc.
2. Analog Devices Inc.
3. LTX Corp.
4. EMC Corp.
5. Helix Tech. Corp.
6. ACT Manufacturing
7. Millipore Corp.
8. Talbots Inc.
9. Cytyc Corp.
10. FleetBoston

Get the chart
The 2001 Globe 100
All the charts

elix Technology, of Mansfield, usually operates well out of sight, little-known except to the handful of companies that buy its cryogenic vacuum pumping systems - at an average price of $20,000.

Those buyers depend on Helix for these systems, which are essential components of the machines that they build and sell to the semiconductor industry for manufacturing computer chips. The company's customer list includes Applied Materials Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. of Gloucester, and Axcelis Technologies Inc. of Beverly.

Even behind-the-scenes companies such as Helix, though, couldn't duck the spotlight as the semiconductor industry last year went through one of its biggest upswings ever. This is Helix's second appearance in five years on The Globe 100's top 10 list. In 1996, Helix placed 10th.

There was certainly no arguing with Helix's numbers. Revenue of $253.1 million was up 82 percent from 1999. Operating income more than tripled, to $62.6 million. Diluted earnings were $2.02 per share, up from $1.32 the year before.

The limited market for these pump systems has risks, however. A single company, Applied Materials, accounted for 40 percent of Helix's revenue in 2000.

To offset this, Helix has expanded the services it provides for end users of its pumps - companies that buy those chip-making machines, including Intel, IBM, and Seimens.

The latest addition is Helix's GoldLink remote monitoring and diagnostics service. Specialists stationed in Mansfield keep an around-the-clock watch on machine operations at 25 semiconductor fabrication plants around the world.

Robert J. Lepofsky, Helix's president and chief executive since 1989, said services, including GoldLink, account for 40 percent of Helix's revenues, up from 30 percent a few years


''There is now a core continuity underlying this industry's severe cyclicality,'' he said.

This core is likely to increase in importance. First-quarter revenues were down more than one-third from the final quarter of 2000, and employment has fallen from a peak of 1,100 last year to about 800.

Most of those laid off were temporary manufacturing workers, Lepofsky said, who would be rehired if business improves. In the meantime, Helix is hiring for its service operations.



Boston Globe Extranet
Extending our newspaper services to the web
© Copyright 2001 Globe Newspaper Company

Return to the home page
of The Globe Online

Click here for advertiser information