North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2014

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TOP PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYERS COMPANY HEADQUARTERS 2012 N.C. EMPLOYMENT OWNERSHIP 1 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Bentonville, Ark. 52,070 Public BUSINESS Discount stores 2 Duke University1 Durham 46,075 Nonprofit 3 Delhaize Group2 Brussels 30,000 Foreign 4 McDonald's Corp. Oakbrook, Ill. 27,500 Public Restaurants 5 Wells Fargo & Co. San Francisco 27,135 Public Financial services 6 Lowe's Cos. Mooresville 22,000 Public Home-improvement stores 7 Novant Health Inc. Winston-Salem 21,295 Nonprofit 8 Bank of America Corp. Charlotte 18,000 Public Financial services 9 Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.3 Matthews 16,625 Public Grocery stores 10 Duke Energy Corp. Charlotte 13,420 Public Energy 11 Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem 12,850 Nonprofit 12 BB&T Corp. Winston-Salem 12,335 Public 13 Vidant Health Inc. Greenville 11,760 Nonprofit Education and health care Grocery stores Health care Health care Financial services Health care 14 United Parcel Service Inc. Atlanta 10,820 Public Package delivery 15 Smithfield Foods Inc.4 Smithfield, Va. 10,200 Public Meat processing 16 IBM Corp. Armonk, N.Y. 10,000* Public Computer research and development 17 Mission Health System Inc. Asheville 9,430 Nonprofit 18 Kelly Services Inc. Troy, Mich. 9,300 Public Temporary staffing 19 Alex Lee Inc.5 Hickory 9,130 Private Grocery stores and food distribution 20 Target Corp. Minneapolis 8,850* Public Discount stores 21 Ingles Markets Inc. Black Mountain 8,840 Public Grocery stores 22 Debbie's Staffing Services Inc. Winston-Salem 8,700* Private Temporary staffing 23 Belk Inc. Charlotte 8,485 Private Department stores 24 CVS Caremark Corp. Woonsocket, R.I. 8,100 Public Drug stores 25 Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Operating Corp. Greensboro 7,775 Nonprofit 26 Sears Holdings Corp.6 Hoffman Estates, Ill. 7,650* Public Department stores 27 US Airways Group Inc. Tempe, Ariz. 7,400 Public Airline 28 WakeMed Raleigh 7,130 Private Health care 29 Time Warner Cable Inc. New York 7,000 Public Telecommunications 30 AT&T Inc. Dallas 6,800 Public 31 Daimler AG7 Stuttgart, Germany 6,400 Foreign 32 Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings Burlington 6,125 Public 33 Compass Group PLC Chertsey, England 5,870 Foreign Food services 34 Aramark Corp. Philadelphia 5,855 Public Food services 35 Hillco Ltd. Kinston 5,575 Private Nursing homes and medical supplies 36 FedEx Corp. Memphis, Tenn. 5,550 Public Package delivery 37 Rex Healthcare Inc. Raleigh 5,400 Nonprofit 38 SAS Institute Inc. Cary 5,270 Private Software 39 Verizon Communications Inc. New York 5,200 Public Telecommunications 40 The Home Depot Inc. Atlanta 5,160 Public Home-improvement stores 41 Tyson Foods Inc. Springdale, Ark. 5,100 Public Poultry processing 42 Darden Restaurants Inc.8 Orlando, Fla. 5,000 Public Restaurants General Electric Co. Health care Health care Telecommunications Trucks and buses Medical testing Health care Fairfield, Conn. 5,000 Public Electronic and electrical equipment 44 Walgreen Co. Deerfield, Ill. 4,965 Public Drug stores 45 Dollar General Corp. Goodlettsville, Tenn. 4,800 Public 46 State Employees' Credit Union Raleigh 4,700 Nonprofit 47 Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. Charlotte 4,535 Private 48 Family Dollar Stores Inc. Matthews 4,450 Public Discount stores 49 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. Lebanon, Tenn. 4,445 Public Restaurants 50 FirstHealth of the Carolinas Inc. Pinehurst 4,335 Private Health care Discount stores Financial services Restaurants Sources: companies, 2012 estimate Includes Duke University Health System 2 operates Food Lion grocery stores 3acquisition by Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. pending regulatory and shareholder approval 4 subsidiaries include Murphy-Brown LLC, The Smithfield Packing Co. and Premium Standard Farms LLC; purchased by China-based Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. in September 2013 5subsidiaries include Lowe's Food Stores Inc. 6owns Sears and Kmart stores 7brands include Freightliner and Thomas Built Buses 8brands include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille All numbers are rounded to the nearest multiple of five and include full-time and part-time employees. * 1 N ORT H C A R OL I N A E CON OMI C D E V E LO P M E N T GU I D E 75

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