For the second year in a row, INC. Magazine has included Patxi's Pizza on its Hire Power Awards.

Patxi's Pizza ranked No. 6 in the Food and Beverage Industry, making it one of the top 10 job providers in its industry. At the time of the award submission, Patxi's had created 76 full-time jobs in the past three years and employed 168 full-time employees. As of early October, Patxi's employs a total of 549 employees in two states.

Patxi's Pizza currently owns and operates nine locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and two in the Denver area. Patxi's also has plans to expand to the Seattle and Santa Barbara, Calif., areas as well as to open several more locations in the Bay Area and Denver in 2014.

"We are once again thrilled to win such a positive and important distinction by Inc. Magazine. The Hire Power Awards truly applaud American businesses, and those who are helping grow the economy by creating jobs. While our main focus is serving delicious pizza, we love that in doing so, we can provide a stable and positive workplace for our family of employees," said William Freemand, co-founder and CEO.

Flying Food Group was the top company in the Food and Beverage category. It was followed by Monogram Food Solutions; Tender Greens; Lupoli Companies Riverwalk Properties; Hissho Sushi; Patxi's; Nutiva; DeliverLean; Communitas Hospitality; and Seabirds Kitchen.

Earlier this year, Patxi's was listed as No. 24 on the Inc. 5000's annual list of fastest growing Food & Beverage Companies in 2013. Patxi's Pizza ranked 1,217 overall, putting it in the top 25 percent of top growth businesses this year. (Read more about How Patxi's became the fastest growing private restaurant company in the U.S.).

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