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Originally published June 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM | Page modified June 17, 2011 at 1:43 PM

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CEO Diane Irvine of Blue Nile

Go behind the scenes with Seattle-based Internet jeweler Blue Nile.

CEO Peter Rose of Expeditors International

Rose talks about making employees a priority.

CEO John McAdam of F5 Networks

McAdam shares how F5 Networks makes text messaging or using Facebook possible.

Best of the Northwest | Project home

2010 winners

Starbucks: More robust after restructuring

Alaska Air: Independent carrier flies high after bumpy ride

F5 Networks: A behind-the-scenes front-runner Gadgets, gizmos overtake media sales

Coinstar: What's the next big thing in automated retail?

Two-decade winners

Flir Systems: Diversifying beyond defense contracts

Microsoft: Tech giant enters new markets

Precision Castparts: Staying strong in metalworks market

Starbucks: More robust after restructuring

Micron Technology: Fighting its way back in tough chip industry

Financial data

Interactive database | This year's ranking and full financial data on 82 companies

Comparing the companies' performance, plus financial summaries

Top 10 | Sales stats: Sales growth, total sales and sales per employee

Stock performance: 2010 results, market cap, price-earnings ratios and dividends

Measuring returns: Return on equity and assets

Debt: Debt-equity ratios and debt-free companies

Employees: Largest work forces and biggest changes


Top performers navigate hard times with skill, emerge stronger | Jon Talton

After 20 years, Seattle area remains enviable engine of enterprise | Jon Talton

20-year track record

How our ranking system was born | Letter from the business editor

How we ranked the companies

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