Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies

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Ward's now lists more than 112,000 companies, 90% of which are private.
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This directory, whose print rights were licensed by Gale Research in 1988, has been redesigned and reformatted to great effect. Now in a sturdy four-volume hardcover set (the previous was three volumes in paper) suited for heavy use and easy shelving, it now lists companies in one alphabetical sequence rather than separating them on the basis of sales volume. The minimum sales cut-off for inclusion has been eliminated, and many more small companies are now represented, bringing the total number to some 85,000. The first two volumes contain profiles of companies arranged alphabetically. Volume 3 lists the companies organized by state and lists each company in ascending zip code order within each state, and alphabetically within each zip code. Volume 4 organizes the companies by the 4-digit SIC code that most closely resembles their major product lines and ranks them according to sales volume. The entire project shows the benefits that accrue when a publisher takes criticism to heart, and turns what was a clumsy adjunct into an indispensable standard reference. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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