Ashland, OH

The competition said, "Dream on!" And that's exactly what he did—until his dream became a $100 million reality. Relentlessly pursuing a vision—to create a niche market for brand-name children's books priced under $5—Jim Landoll, founder and CEO of Landoll Inc., not only developed a niche, he created an empire. He claims that, as of last year, his firm became the country's 10th largest book printer, ninth ranked book manufacturer and sixth leading publisher of children's books. The company, located in Ashland, OH, recorded an outstanding 41-percent increase in sales, catapulting from $71 million in 1996 to an estimated $100 million in 1997 (final figures

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