Under different circumstances, champagne corks might have popped. But by the time Ted Nelson, chairman and chief executive of Winn Enterprises in Fullerton, learned this week that his firm had broken into Fortune magazine's listing of the country's 500 largest industrial companies in 1984, the news was rather anticlimactic.
After all, Nelson, 36, explained Wednesday, Winn bought Knudsen Foods Inc., a former member of the venerable list, in June, 1983, and has patiently waited since for the magazine to digest the purchase and pay the appropriate tribute.
"It was only natural that we would be included at some point," said Nelson, whose firm also owns a savings and loan association and recently acquired Foremost Dairies Inc.
Winn, which made its debut as No. 481 on the list in the latest issue, is one of three Orange County-based companies to make the annual list. The other two are oil service machinery manufacturers Baker International Corp. in Orange, in the No. 199 spot, and Smith International Inc. in Newport Beach, No. 365.