Major Employer Trends and Highlights for 2016

This year’s list identifies 215 qualified employers – compared to 203 in 2014 (the last year a list was published) – an increase of 5.19%.  Employers listed this year represent 161,802 jobs.

Excluding JBLM, total employment by Pierce County’s major employers increased by 3,333 between 2014 and 2016.  When you include JBLM, total employment declined by -5,511.

SAFE Boats (137), Bass Pro Shops (130), South Sound 911 (208) and twenty other employers made their first ever appearance on the major employers list.

Health Care

The local healthcare industry remained strong with MultiCare Health Systems and CHI Franciscan Health both seeing significant increases in employment from 2014 to 2016.  MultiCare Health Systems saw a 19% increase from 6,904 to 8,247 employees.  CHI Franciscan Health saw a 14% increase from 5,338 to 6,099 employees.  Other major healthcare firms that qualified for this year list include: Group Health Cooperative (742), DaVita (660), Community Healthcare (379), Greater Lakes Mental Health (280), and seven others.  Total employment within the healthcare sector grew from 13,767 to 17,613 employees at a 27.93% growth rate – adding a total of 3,846 employees.

Aerospace

Many of the aerospace manufacturing firms in Pierce County saw significant increases in employment over the last 24 months.  Boeing continues to increase employment at the Frederickson plant growing by 5% to 1,750 employees.  Toray Composites (America) continues to increase employment growing by 9% to 562 employees.  Other aerospace firms that qualified for this year’s list include: AIM Aerospace (410), General Plastics (197), Cadence Aerospace (136), and Tool Gauge (120).

Other Manufacturing

Additionally, several other large manufacturers saw significant employment growth since 2014.  Milgard Manufacturing grew by 30% to 1,061 employees and is now the second largest manufacturing employer in Pierce County following Boeing.  This year also marks Milgard’s first appearance in the Top 10 list.

Other manufacturers that grew or held steady include: WestRock (420), Manke Lumber (400),

Bradken (353), Commencement Bay Corrugated (164), Northwest Door (165), Jesse Engineering (138), Carlisle Construction Materials (135), Georgia Pacific-Gypsum (113), and James Hardie Building Products (103).

Food Manufacturing & Food Processors

Seven companies qualified this year that manufacture or process food products.  Overall this sector of our major employers list increased slightly from 1,447 to 1,547 FTES for a net gain of 100 jobs or 6.9%. The seven companies listed in this sector are: Keurig Green Mountain (368), Brown & Haley (266), Mission Foods (250), Wilcox Family Farms (224), Shining Ocean (160), Golden State Foods (159) and Lucks Foods Decorating Company (120).

Distribution

Several of Pierce County’s distribution companies grew over the last two years.  Amazon’s distribution center in DuPont is the sector’s largest employer with 700 FTEs.  Companies that qualified include: City Beverages (409), Associated Petroleum Products (201), Southern Wine & Spirits (200), U.S. Oil & Refining (195), Auto Warehousing Company (192), IKEA (176), Burkhart Dental Supply (142), Tacoma Screw Products (132), and five other companies.

Construction

Pierce County’s construction firms saw increases in their employment base led by Northwest Cascade and Absher Construction with (250) employees and (230) employees, respectively.  Several construction companies also made their first appearance on the list including AA Asphalting with (182), Insulation Northwest with (102), and Korsmo Construction with (100) employees.  Note that these numbers do not include temporary construction workers who may be employed for months when mobilized for specific projects, often in succession.

Banking & Financial Services and Insurance

Many of the banking & financial services firms saw increases in employment from 2014.  State Farm remains the largest employer within the sector with 2,050 employees between their two facilities in Tacoma and DuPont.  Columbia Bank increased employment by 3.3% growing from 599 employees to 619 employees.  Other firms that qualified include: Cambia Health Solutions – Regence (498), KeyBank (310), JP Morgan Chase (300), Umpqua Bank (262), Sound Credit Union (246), Wells Fargo (242), Harborstone Credit Union (230), Coordinated Care (220), U.S. Bank (193), Heritage Bank (144), and Bank of New York Mellon (130).

Transportation

Several of Pierce County’s largest transportation companies grew their overall employment base within the last two years.  BNSF Railway is the largest employer within the sector which saw employment grow to 390 FTEs.  Others included on this year list are: FedEx Freight/Ground (250), Valley Freightliner (183), and Carlile Transportation Systems (137) and four other companies.

Senior Services

To avoid double-counting employment, similar services offered by hospitals, major health systems and independent physician practice groups are not included in this category. Tacoma Lutheran & Retirement Community is the largest employer within the sector with 295 employees, up 5% from 282 in 2014.  Nine other senior care services companies reported a total 1,277 employees for the overall sector.

RankOrganizationFTEsSector
1JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD57120MILITARY
2LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS*13408EDUCATION
3MULTICARE HEALTH SYSTEMS8247HEALTHCARE
4STATE OF WASHINGTON6844GOVERNMENT
5CHI FRANCISCAN HEALTH6099HEALTHCARE
6PIERCE COUNTY GOVERNMENT3001GOVERNMENT
7FRED MEYER** 2560RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION
8CITY OF TACOMA2138GOVERNMENT
9STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES2050INSURANCE
10EMERALD QUEEN CASINO 2026GAMING
11BOEING1750AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING
12SAFEWAY STORES** 1512RETAIL
13TACOMA PUBLIC UTILITIES1417UTILITY SERVICES
14WALMART**1287RETAIL
15U.S. POSTAL SERVICE1214GOVERNMENT
16COSTCO*1205RETAIL
17THE PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS1099GOVERNMENT
18MILGARD MANUFACTURING1061MANUFACTURING
19COMCAST CABLE*1046MEDIA
20INTERNATIONAL LONGSHORE AND WAREHOUSE UNION LOCAL 231026UNION
21PIERCE TRANSIT884TRANSIT
22PIERCE COLLEGE 830HIGHER EDUCATION
23TARGET**772RETAIL
24GROUP HEALTH COOPERATIVE742HEALTHCARE
25HOME DEPOT706RETAIL
26AMAZON*700DISTRIBUTION
27UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND693HIGHER EDUCATION
28TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE688HIGHER EDUCATION
29SEARS ROEBUCK**672RETAIL
30DAVITA 660HEALTHCARE
31PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY654HIGHER EDUCATION
32UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TACOMA 635HIGHER EDUCATION
33REI624RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION
34COLUMBIA BANK619BANKING
35GOODWILL OF THE OLYMPICS & RAINIER REGION599NONPROFIT
36ALBERTSONS** 590RETAIL
37TORAY COMPOSITES (AMERICA) 562AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING
38YMCA OF TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY529FITNESS & RECREATION
39CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES*525NONPROFIT
40WASTE CONNECTIONS524SERVICES
41PIERCE COUNTY SECURITY508SECURITY SERVICES
42ROBERT LARSON AUTOMOTIVE GROUP**506RETAIL
43CAMBIA HEALTH SOLUTIONS (REGENCE)498INSURANCE
44TRUEBLUE436SERVICES
45METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT428GOVERNMENT & RECREATION
46MCLANE NORTHWEST425FOOD DISTRIBUTION
47WESTROCK420MANUFACTURING
48AIM AEROSPACE410AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING
49CITY BEVERAGES409DISTRIBUTION
50WALGREENS*404RETAIL
51STARBUCKS*402RETAIL
52MANKE LUMBER COMPANY400MANUFACTURING
53O'REILLY AUTO PARTS**397RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION
54BNSF RAILWAY390TRANSPORTATION
55COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE379HEALTHCARE
56LOWE'S*377RETAIL
57NORDSTROM370RETAIL
58KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN368FOOD MANUFACTURING
59CONTINUANT360COMMUNICATIONS
60BRADKEN*353MANUFACTURING
61AACRES WA 349DISABILITY REHABILITATION SERVICES
62CLOVER PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE338HIGHER EDUCATION
63HOME DEPOT325RETAIL
64KEYBANK310BANKING
65JP MORGAN CHASE*300BANKING
66U.S. FOODS300DISTRIBUTION
67TACOMA LUTHERAN & RETIREMENT COMMUNITY295SENIOR SERVICES
68PIERCE COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEMS287GOVERNMENT
69BATES TECHNICAL COLLEGE286HIGHER EDUCATION
70CENTRAL PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE280GOVERNMENT
71GREATER LAKES MENTAL HEALTHCARE280HEALTHCARE
72CITY OF PUYALLUP268GOVERNMENT
73BROWN & HALEY266FOOD MANUFACTURING
74UMPQUA BANK262BANKING
75WESTERN INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (WIRB)255RESEARCH SERVICES
76PORT OF TACOMA 250GOVERNMENT
77PUGET SOUND ENERGY250UTILITY SERVICES
78NORTHWEST CASCADE250CONSTRUCTION
79MISSION FOODS250FOOD PROCESSING
80FEDEX FREIGHT/GROUND***250TRANSPORTATION
81CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION247MANUFACTURING
82SOUND CREDIT UNION246BANKING
83WELLS FARGO 242BANKING
84ABM JANITORIAL235SERVICES
85HARBORSTONE CREDIT UNION230BANKING
86ABSHER CONSTRUCTION230CONSTRUCTION
87MACY'S**225RETAIL
88WILCOX FAMILY FARMS224FOOD PROCESSING
89COORDINATED CARE220INSURANCE
90CITY OF LAKEWOOD220GOVERNMENT
91HOTEL MURANO210HOSPITALITY
92WEST PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE209GOVERNMENT
93SOUTH SOUND 911208GOVERNMENT
94AVAMERE HEALTH SERVICES207HEALTHCARE
95J.C. PENNEY**204RETAIL & DISTRIBUTION
96METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL203NONPROFIT
97THE NEWS TRIBUNE202MEDIA
98ASSOCIATED PETROLUEM PRODUCTS201DISTRIBUTION
99SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS200DISTRIBUTION
100LIFE CENTER aka FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD198RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION
101GENERAL PLASTICS 197MANUFACTURING
102U.S. OIL & REFINERY195DISTRIBUTION
103U.S. BANK193BANKING
104AUTO WAREHOUSING COMPANY192DISTRIBUTION
105SOUND FAMILY MEDICINE190HEALTHCARE
106VALLEY FREIGHTLINER183TRANSPORTATION
107AA ASPHALTING182CONSTRUCTION
108PRINT NW180PRINTING
109ANNIE WRIGHT SCHOOL178EDUCATION
110IKEA 176DISTRIBUTION
111LIFE CARE CENTER OF PUYALLUP175SENIOR SERVICES
112TRIWEST HEALTHCARE ALLIANCE CORP169HEALTHCARE
113NORTHWEST DOOR165MANUFACTURING
114GREAT AMERICAN CASINO165GAMING
115CASCADE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL164EDUCATION
116COMMENCEMENT BAY CORRUGUATED164MANUFACTURING
117KORUM AUTOMOTIVE160RETAIL
118SHINING OCEAN160FOOD MANUFACTURING
119DAMERON PROPERTY MANAGEMENT160SERVICES
120GOLDEN STATE FOODS159FOOD MANUFACTURING
121HOLLANDER INVESTMENTS154HOSPITALITY
122CARLSON PAVING PRODUCTS150MANUFACTURING
123PEXCO148MANUFACTURING
124QFC147RETAIL
125CITY OF FIFE146GOVERNMENT
126FRANKE TOBEY JONES RETIREMENT145SENIOR SERVICES
127LAKEWOOD REFUSE & RECYCLING145SERVICES
128HERITAGE BANK144BANKING
129BURKHART DENTAL SUPPLY142DISTRIBUTION
130NARROWS GLEN140SENIOR SERVICES
131CHARLES WRIGHT ACADEMY138EDUCATION
132JESSE ENGINEERING138MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING
133SMITH FIRE SYSTEMS138SECURITY SERVICES
134CARLILE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS137TRANSPORTATION
135SAFE BOATS 137MANUFACTURING
136CADENCE AEROSPACE136AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING
137CARLISLE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS135MANUFACTURING
138TACOMA HOUSING AUTHORITY132GOVERNMENT
139TACOMA SCREW PRODUCTS132DISTRIBUTION
140CARDIAC STUDY CENTER131HEALTHCARE
141BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON130FINANCIAL SERVICES
142BASS PRO SHOPS130RETAIL
143NORTHWEST MOTORSPORTS 128RETAIL
144EAST PIERCE FIRE & RESCUE125GOVERNMENT
145THE RUSH COMPANIES125REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS
146PATRIOT FIRE PROTECTION125SECURITY SERVICES
147MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK125GOVERNMENT & RECREATION
148BARGREEN ELLINGSON123WHOLESALE
149GLOBE MACHINE MANUFACTURING123MANUFACTURING
150PARAMETRIX123ENGINEERING
151CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN - SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT123RECREATION
152GENERAL MECHANICAL 123GENERAL & MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR
153WEATHERLY INN122SENIOR SERVICES
154TOOL GAUGE120AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING
155SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS120MANUFACTURING
156TACOMA CABINET & FIXTURE 120MANUFACTURING
157LUCKS FOODS DECORATING COMPANY120FOOD MANUFACTURING
158BELLARMINE PREPARATORY SCHOOL118EDUCATION
159GEORGIA PACIFIC GYPSUM113MANUFACTURING
160SCHNITZER STEEL*112RECYCLING
161BEST BUY**112RETAIL
162FASTENAL 110DISTRIBUTION
163CINTAS 110SERVICES
164SUPERIOR LINEN SERVICE109SERVICES
165KOREAN WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION (KWA)109HEALTHCARE
166CITY OF SUMNER106GOVERNMENT
167MARINE VIEW VENTURES - PUYALLUP TRIBE106GOVERNMENT
168TOYOTA OF PUYALLUP106RETAIL
169FIRST TRANSIT105TRANSIT
170REGAL LOGISTICS105LOGISTICS
171CODEL ENTRY SYSTEMS105MANUFACTURING
172PROPEL INSURANCE*105INSURANCE
173CHIPS CASINO105GAMING
174JAMES HARDIE BUILDING PRODUCTS103MANUFACTURING
175INSULATION NORTHWEST/NORTHWEST BUILDER SERVICES102CONSTRUCTION
176EMERALD HOME FURNISHINGS101MANUFACTURING
177BELINA INTERIORS100MANUFACTURING
178KORSMO CONSTRUCTION100CONSTRUCTION
179INTERSTATE DISTRIBUTOR100TRANSPORTATION
180COMFORT DESIGN WINDOWS & DOORS100MANUFACTURING
181GORDON TRUCKING*** 100TRANSPORTATION
182POTELCO***100SERVICES
183CENTURYLINK***100COMMUNICATIONS
184MILES SAND & GRAVEL***100MINING
185MANORCARE HEALTH SERVICES ***100HEALTHCARE
186BELLMONT CABINETS***100MANUFACTURING
187TITUS-WILL FORD TOYOTA SCION***100RETAIL
188SOUNDCARE*** 100HEALTHCARE
189COCA-COLA BOTTLING GROUP OF WA** 100DISTRIBUTION
190MCFARLAND CASCADE***100MANUFACTURING
191METAGENICS***100MANUFACTURING
192NORTHWEST MEDICAL SPECIALTIES***100HEALTHCARE
193UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS)***100TRANSPORTATION
194COMPREHENSIVE LIFE RESOURCES*** 100BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
195ORCHARD PARK HEALTH CARE CENTER***100SENIOR SERVICES
196TUCCI & SONS***100CONSTRUCTION
197VALDO'S CATERING***100FOOD SERVICE
198TOYSMITH***100DISTRIBUTION
199GRANT & WEBER*** 100SERVICES
200HEARTWOOD EXTENDED HEALTHCARE***100SENIOR SERVICES
201AMERICA'S CREDIT UNION***100BANKING
202REGENCY PACIFIC***100SENIOR SERVICES
203PABCO ROOFING PRODUCTS***100MANUFACTURING
204RAINIER REHABILITATION*** 100REHABILITATION SERVICES
205THE TRUSS COMPANY***100MANUFACTURING 
206ALLIANCE ONE***100COLLECTIONS
207PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP***100DISTRIBUTION
208LINDEN GROVE CARE CENTER***100HEALTHCARE
209MADSEN ELECTRIC***100ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR
210CASCADE PARK COMMUNITIES***100SENIOR SERVICES
211NORTHWEST PROTECTIVE***100SECURITY SERVICES
212PRO-BUILD***100RETAIL
213LAKEWOOD FORD***100RETAIL
214AMERICAN FAST FREIGHT***100TRANSPORTATION
215TACOMA ROOFING & WATERPROOFING***100CONSTRUCTION