Major Employer Trends and Highlights for 2012

On this year’s list there are 174 total employers—compared to 181 in 2011—representing 149,940 jobs in Pierce County.  Among all of the unique employers that appear on either the 2011 or 2012 list (189 total employers), 78 employers grew in employment, 44 were unchanged, while 67 decreased.  Fifteen employers from the 2011 list do not appear on this year’s list after they either merged with another employer, or fell below the 100 FTE threshold, while eight employers were added that were not on the 2011 list. The United States Military remains the County’s largest employer with over 56,000 employees.  MultiCare Health System and Franciscan Health System remained the top private employers.

Southern Wine and Spirits came to Puyallup this year to set up its Washington State distribution hub and in doing so created 218 local jobs.  Sound Credit Union has continued to grow following its merger with Watermark Credit Union last year, increasing by 71% to 173 employees.

Other major private employers that have grown include: Coca Cola, Regal Logistics, Gordon Trucking, General Mechanical, True Blue, Robert Larson Automotive Group, U.S. Foodservice, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, Tacoma Screw Products, Pexco, IDX Seattle, McLane Northwest, Comcast, US Bank, Associated Petroleum Products, and Columbia Bank.

There were no public sector Major Employers that increased employment compared to 2011.

Health Care

The local healthcare industry remained strong with Franciscan Health System and MultiCare Health System both seeing nominal changes.   Franciscan Health System saw a 4% increase in FTEs from 2011, and MultiCare Health System decreased by 3%.  Group Health also grew its employment in Pierce County, increasing by 4%.

Construction

Several of Pierce County’s construction firms are growing led by Pabco Roofing products, which increased employment by 28% to 171 since last year. Others that have grown include Active Construction, Tucci and Sons and Carl T. Madsen Inc.

Manufacturing

Many of the largest manufacturing firms in Pierce County saw significant increases in employment over the last 12 months, especially in aerospace. Boeing continues to increase employment at the Frederickson plant growing by 17% to 1700 employees. AIM Aerospace in Sumner continues to increase rapidly growing by 35% to 380 employees. Other aerospace firms that have grown include General Plastics, Globe Machine and Precision Machine Works.

Additionally, several other manufacturers saw significant employment growth since 2011. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters grew by 79% to 325 employees and the company forecasts additional growth next year. Pacific Crest Industries in Sumner grew by 62% to 183 employees even as many others in the cabinet making industry continue to struggle around the country. Other manufacturers that grew include James Hardie Building Products, Northwest Door, Jesse Engineering and Bradken Atlas.

RankOrganizationFTEsSector
1JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD 56624MILITARY
2LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS (k-12)13352PUBLIC SECTOR
3MULTICARE HEALTH SYSTEM6547HEALTH CARE
4WASHINGTON STATE EMPLOYEES *6488PUBLIC SECTOR
5FRANCISCAN HEALTH SYSTEM 5709HEALTH CARE
6PIERCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT2872PUBLIC SECTOR
7WASHINGTON STATE HIGHER EDUCATION *2632PUBLIC SECTOR
8TACOMA, CITY OF 2222PUBLIC SECTOR
9EMERALD QUEEN CASINO2200GAMING
10WAL MART1785RETAIL
11BOEING1700AEROSPACE
12TACOMA PUBLIC UTILITIES1332PUBLIC SECTOR
13COSTCO1185RETAIL
14US POSTAL SERVICE1100PUBLIC SECTOR
15STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES1070INSURANCE
16WA STATE NATIONAL GUARD 1050MILITARY
17COMCAST CABLE1018CABLE TELEVISION SERVICES
18PUYALLUP TRIBE 984TRIBE
19DAVITA904HEALTH CARE
20LONGSHORE LABOR UNION901LABOR
21INTEL CORPORATION900COMPUTER ELECTRONICS
22PIERCE TRANSIT833PUBLIC SECTOR
23ALBERTSON'S INC.785RETAIL
24CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES744NON-PROFIT
25MILGARD MANUFACTURING, INC.714MANUFACTURING
26GORDON TRUCKING INC.713LOGISTICS
27PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY 700EDUCATION
28RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT, INC. 699DISTRIBUTION/RETAIL
29UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND677EDUCATION
30GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE 620HEALTH CARE
31HOME DEPOT618RETAIL
32REGENCE BLUESHIELD598INSURANCE
33SIMPSON INVESTMENT COMPANY572TIMBER/PAPER PRODUCTS
34COLUMBIA BANK570FINANCIAL
35METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT568PUBLIC SECTOR
36TACOMA GOODWILL INDUSTRIES558NON-PROFIT
37YMCA OF TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY494NON-PROFIT
38WALGREENS DRUG STORES490RETAIL
39ROBERT LARSON AUTOMOTIVE GROUP473AUTO DEALER
40WASTE CONNECTIONS471REFUSE
41J.C. PENNEY CO., INC462DISTRIBUTION/RETAIL
42STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY437RETAIL
43KEYBANK427FINANCIAL
44REGENCY PACIFIC400HEALTH CARE
45BRADKEN ATLAS393MANUFACTURING
46TORAY COMPOSITES (AMERICA), INC.382MANUFACTURING
47AIM AEROSPACE380MANUFACTURING
48BANK OF AMERICA374FINANCIAL
49MANKE LUMBER COMPANY INC.360TIMBER PRODUCTS
50PIERCE COUNTY SECURITY350SECURITY
51MCLANE NORTHWEST328LOGISTICS
52GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE ROASTERS 325FOOD PROCESSOR
53NORDSTROM312RETAIL
54PUYALLUP, CITY OF309PUBLIC SECTOR
55TRUE BLUE300LABOR
56COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE296HEALTH CARE
57U.S. FOODSERVICE292FOOD DISTRIBUTION
58TACOMA LUTHERAN HOME 287HEALTH CARE
59LIFE CARE CENTERS OF AMERICA284HEALTH CARE
60MANORCARE HEALTH SERVICES 281HEALTH CARE
61JP MORGAN CHASE280FINANCIAL
62CENTURY-LINK275TELECOMMUNICATIONS
63SUPERVALU275LOGISTICS
64WELLS FARGO274FINANCIAL
65PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM260PUBLIC SECTOR
66INTERSTATE DISTRIBUTOR COMPANY256LOGISTICS
67CASCADE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL253NON-PROFIT
68NORTHWEST CASCADE253SEPTIC AND SEWER CONTRACTORS
69MISSION FOODS249FOOD PROCESSOR
70RAM INTERNATIONAL 246RETAIL
71LAKEWOOD, CITY OF236PUBLIC SECTOR
72PUGET SOUND ENERGY235UTILITIES
73HAGGEN / TOP FOOD AND DRUG234RETAIL
74UNITED PARCEL SERVICE234LOGISTICS
75PORT OF TACOMA231PUBLIC SECTOR
76CHIP'S CASINO LAKEWOOD 230GAMING
77ABM JANITORIAL SERVICES226CUSTODIAL SERVICES
78TITUS-WILL FORD TOYOTA SCION225AUTO DEALER
79GREATER LAKES MENTAL HEALTHCARE222HEALTH CARE
80OLYMPIC EAGLE DISTRIBUTING221BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION
81GENSCO INC.219HEATING VENTILATION AIR CONDITIONING
82SOUTHERN WINE AND SPIRITS
218BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION
83WILCOX FAMILY FARM215EGG FARM
84BROWN & HALEY213FOOD PROCESSOR
85MCFARLAND CASCADE203TIMBER PRODUCTS
86US BANK202FINANCIAL
87RAINIER VISTA CARE CENTER 202HEALTH CARE
88METAGENICS200BIO-PHARMACEUTICAL
89ASSOCIATED PETROLEUM200ENERGY
90BNY MELLON ASSET SERVICING198FINANCIAL
91COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY198BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION
92FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD LIFE CENTER195NON-PROFIT
93SOUNDCARE, INC.191HEALTHCARE
94AUTO WAREHOUSING COMPANY191LOGISTICS
95NORTHWEST DOOR190MANUFACTURING
96CONTINUANT186TELECOMMUNICATIONS
97PRECISION MACHINE WORKS INC.184MANUFACTURING
98PACIFIC CREST INDUSTRIES183MANUFACTURING
99HOTEL MURANO182HOSPITALITY
100CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY CORP180MANUFACTURING
101U.S. OIL & REFINING180ENERGY
102HARBORSTONE CREDIT UNION178FINANCIAL
103NORTHWEST MEDICAL SPECIALTIES178HEALTH CARE
104BURLINGTON NORTHERN RAILROAD178LOGISTICS
105BARGREEN ELLINGSON173RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTOR
106SOUND CREDIT UNION173FINANCIAL
107PABCO ROOFING PRODUCTS 171CONSTRUCTION
108BJ'S BINGO165GAMING
109GENERAL PLASTICS MANUFACTURING CO.165MANUFACTURING
110ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION164CONSTRUCTION
111THE NEWS TRIBUNE160MEDIA
112ANNIE WRIGHT SCHOOL160EDUCATION
113KORUM MOTORS160AUTO DEALER
114COMPREHENSIVE LIFE RESOURCSE156HEALTH CARE
115SCHNITZER STEEL INDUSTRIES INC.155METALS RECYCLING
116ORCHARD PARK HEALTH CARE CENTER153HEALTH CARE
117GOLDEN STATE FOODS151FOOD DISTRIBUTION
118TOYSMITH150DISTRIBUTION
119TUCCI & SONS150CONSTRUCTION
120MARINE VIEW BEVERAGE
148BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION
121WESTMARK PRODUCTS145MANUFACTURING
122HEARTWOOD EXTENDED HEALTHCARE145HEALTH CARE
123ALLIANCE ONE140FINANCIAL
124BURKHART DENTAL SUPPLY137DENTAL SUPPLIES
125CHARLES WRIGHT ACADEMY132EDUCATION
126FIFE, CITY OF132PUBLIC SECTOR
127COMMENCEMENT BAY CORRUGATED130MANUFACTURING
128CARLILE TRANSPORTATION130LOGISTICS
129PARAMETRIX128ENGINEERING
130GREAT AMERICAN CASINO 128GAMING
131PROPEL INSURANCE127INSURANCE
132AMERICAS CREDIT UNION126FINANCIAL
133JESSE ENGINEERING126MANUFACTURING
134BEST BUY125RETAIL
135UMPQUA BANK 125FINANCIAL
136GENERAL MECHANICAL INC.125MANUFACTURING
137FEDEX FREIGHT 125LOGISTICS
138PROLOGIX DISTRIBUTION SERVICES124LOGISTICS
139THE WEATHERLY INN123HEALTH CARE
140FRANKE TOBEY JONES RETIREMENT122HEALTH CARE
141GLOBE MACHINE MANUFACTURING122MANUFACTURING
142THE PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP122BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION
143BELLARMINE PREPARATORY SCHOOL122EDUCATION
144PEXCO 121MANUFACTURING
145BCRA120ARCHITECTURAL / ENGINEERING
146CARL T. MADSEN INC. 120CONSTRUCTION
147THE ODOM CORPORATION120BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION
148MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK119PUBLIC SECTOR
149LINDEN GROVE CARE CENTER119HEALTH CARE
150SMITH FIRE SYSTEMS115FIRE SYSTEMS MANUFACTURER
151TRIWEST HEALTHCARE ALLIANCE115INSURANCE
152ABSHER CONSTRUCTION CO.114CONSTRUCTION
153CINTAS113TEXTILE SERVICES
154REGAL LOGISTICS113LOGISTICS
155COMPREHENSIVE CLINICAL DEVELOPMENT110HEALTH CARE
156INVESTCO110FINANCIAL
157QUALITY FOOD CENTERS, INC. 110RETAIL
158SAINT GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS110MANUFACTURING
159SUPERIOR LINEN SERVICES109TEXTILE SERVICES
160PATRIOT FIRE PROTECTION108FIRE SYSTEMS MANUFACTURER
161NORTHWEST METAL PRODUCTS CO.108MANUFACTURING
162PRO BUILD106TIMBER PRODUCTS
163BUFFELEN WOODWORKING COMPANY105MANUFACTURING
164IKEA105LOGISTICS
165IDX 105INTERIOR RETAIL DISPLAYS
166RENAISSANCE AT NARROWS GLEN105HEALTH CARE
167THE SIMMONS MANUFACTURING CO.104DISTRIBUTION
168METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL103NON-PROFIT
169FIRST GROUP103TRANSIT SERVICES
170TACOMA SCREW PRODUCTS103RETAIL/DISTRIBUTION
171TOYOTA OF PUYALLUP101AUTO DEALER
172JAMES HARDIE BUILDING PRODUCTS101MANUFACTURING
173CARDIAC STUDY CENTER100HEALTH
174LYNDEN TRANSPORT100LOGISTICS