Melton Franchise Systems, operator of Coverall Cleaning Concepts of Mid-State California, announced today that it was named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, the premier publication for small and medium-sized businesses. Now in its 23rd year, the annual Inc. 500 ranks the fastest-growing private companies in the country according to sales growth over the past five years. Melton franchise Systems, Inc. ranked #272, with a five-year sales growth of 647%.

Melton?s Coverall headquarters are based in Carpinteria and include additional offices in Santa Maria, Burbank, Fresno and Bakersfield. Coverall of Mid-State California currently supports over 200 Coverall franchise owners serving well over 1,000 business customers located throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Fresno and Kern counties.

"Coverall is thrilled by Melton Franchise Systems inclusion in this years Inc. 500," stated Ted Elliott, President and COO of Franchisor, Coverall Cleaning Concepts. "We are extremely impressed and commend Mark Melton and his team for their hard work and dedication in building their Coverall franchise into an exceedingly successful, award-winning operation."

"Our Coverall franchise has succeeded because we offer individuals the opportunity to realize their dreams of owning their own business," stated Mark Melton, President and Founder of Coverall of Mid-State California. "The companies who hire us recognize the advantage that Coverall?s franchise system offers. Instead of the high turnover associated with low wage and marginally trained employees, which usually leads to poor quality and inconsistent service, we are able to offer our janitorial customers the services of a highly trained franchise owner who brings the consistency and caring of an owner."

With 75% o all new job creation in the U.S. coming from small businesses, the Inc. 500 is a prescient indicator of the companies and industries that are driving the economy forward. Over the years, the Inc. 500 has identified the next generation of world-class companies, with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Stonyfield Farms, Timberland (NYSE: TBL), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU), Morningstar, E* Trade (NYSE: ET), Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU) and Domino?s Pizza all appearing on the list before they became industry powerhouses.

"The entrepreneurs you?ll find on the Inc. 500 have the type of attitude we need to get this economy moving again," said Inc. editor-in-chief John Koten. "For them, a tough market is not an excuse for poor performance, but an opportunity to innovate and rise above the competition."

The Inc. 500 Special Issue will appear on newsstands October 14 and will be on display until January 2004.

About Melton Franchise Systems, Inc.

Santa Barbara residents Mark and Holly Melton formed Melton Franchise Systems, Inc. to launch Coverall of Mid-State California in 1997. Coverall of Mid-State California has been recognized as "Master Franchise of the Year" for the past two years by Coverall North America, Inc.

About Coverall Cleaning Concepts

Coverall Cleaning Concepts is one of the nation's leading commercial cleaning Franchising companies, servicing more than 36,000 customers in over 85 metropolitan cities worldwide. Coverall?s extraordinary growth is attributed to its system-wide network of Regional Support Centers, franchisees and support staff that are dedicated to serving the needs of its customers. Small and large office buildings, industrial complexes, medical facilities, banks, department stores, and corporate headquarters are among the many types of accounts Coverall services. When it comes to value, quality and responsiveness, Coverall Cleaning Concepts is the company Facility Managers have trusted for more than 18 years.

About Inc. Magazine

Inc., the only business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of fast-growing private companies, delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. It provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology. Inc. is the premier publication that focuses on small-to-medium size businesses, which are responsible for more than half the nation's gross domestic product and 75% o its new jobs. And Inc. looks beyond work to address the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Inc., a Gruner Jahr USA publication, inspires and informs, with cutting edge coverage that reflects our readers' energy, brashness and imagination.


Franchise News Release: Carpinteria, CA - (Oct-13-2003)

Melton Franchise Systems, Operator of Coverall Cleaning Concepts® of Mid-State California, Honored for Tremendous Growth


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