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Lincoln e-commerce company Spreetail has its home office at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Spreetail is the first-ever company from Lincoln to be named a best place to work by Glassdoor, an online jobs recruiting site.

The e-commerce company made the 2019 list of the top 50 companies nationally with fewer than 1,000 employees, coming in 39th with a 4.7 rating. More than 830,000 companies nationwide were considered for the award, which is based on employee ratings of companies.

"We are really thrilled and excited for the award," said Spreetail CEO Brett Thome.

And if things go as planned, the company may not be eligible to win in the same category next year.

Thome said Spreetail, which earlier this year opened an office in Austin, Texas, is hoping to more than double the number of employees it has over the next 12 months.

Currently, the company has about 600 employees spread across three offices and six fulfillment centers, about 400 of which are in Nebraska.

Thome said the company is looking to add 1,000 people over the next 12 months, about half of those in Nebraska.

The fast-growing company, which sells home and garden products, sporting goods, electronics and other items on its own website and through eBay, Amazon and other websites, has already expanded its corporate offices at Nebraska Innovation Campus, where it's been for less than three years.

Thome said the company now has 50,000 square feet of office space at Innovation Campus and 100,000 overall. Last year it had 20,000 square feet.

It also has more than 2 million square feet of space in its distribution centers in Lincoln and five other states.

Currently, Spreetail has about 125 full-time job openings listed on its website, more than 50 of which are in Lincoln. It has about two dozen more openings for interns.

Thome said the company's biggest challenge is, "Can we find the right people fast enough and can we train them fast enough."

That's a big reason why it has expanded beyond Lincoln to Omaha and Austin.

Even while growing rapidly — Spreetail hit $250 million in revenue last year, more than 10 times what it brought in in 2010 — Thome said it has been slowly building a foundation to go on to bigger things, including hitting $1 billion in revenue, which it hopes to do sometime in the next few years.

That has meant opening the physical locations it needs, getting the right leaders in place and hiring the employees it needs.

Thome said he feels the company is almost where it needs to be and will make huge progress in 2019.

"The moment's there ... now it's time to go capitalize on it," he said.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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