Tree Top Inc.
Location: Selah | Employees: 1,100 | Top Exec: Keith Gomes, CEO | treetop.com
For Tree Top, beauty is literally more than skin deep. The Selah-based company has created a thriving and successful business by saving “ugly” fruit and turning it into premium products such as applesauce, purees, fruit juice and dried apple products. Tree Top was founded in 1960 as a hometown agricultural cooperative by a group of growers in Washington’s apple country. Today, it is owned by more than 1,000 apple and pear growers in the Pacific Northwest and is one of Washington’s largest privately held companies. As a big user of water, Tree Top’s corporate mission is to reduce both its use of fresh water and its discharge of wastewater every year, with each of its nine plants required to continually find ways to conserve. In the community, Tree Top gives nearly a half-million dollars a year to more than 50 local charities. “Tree Top has a long history of supporting our communities to create a better place to live and work for all of us,” says CEO Keith Gomes, “so now it’s hardwired into our culture of generosity and concern for others.”