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Employment, Top 50 Employers

The rank of private sector employment by Maine firms varies with both long- and short-term trends in the economy. The table below is a snapshot of the fifty largest private employers in Maine in the first quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2014.

The largest business category is “General Medical and Surgical Hospitals.”  That plus “Medical and social services,” accounts for  34% of the top 50 employers in Maine.  Retail stores account for another 18%. Using the midpoint of the employment range for each business as an estimate, retail stores employ 31% and general medical and surgical hospitals 30% of the workforce among the top 50 employers. *

Top 50 Employers 2014

Top 50 Employment 2014

2012 2014 BUSINESS EMPLOYEE BUSINESS
RANK RANK NAME RANGE DESCRIPTION
1 1 HANNAFORD BROS 7,501-8,000 Supermarkets
2 2 WALMART/SAM’S CLUB 7,001-7,500 Discount department stores
2 3 MAINE MEDICAL CENTER 6,501-7,000 General medical/surgical hospitals
4 4 BATH IRON WORKS 5,001-5,500 Ship building and repairing
3 5 L.L.BEAN, INC. 4,001-4,500 Mail order houses
6 6 EASTERN MAINE MED CTR 3,501-4,000 General medical/surgical hospitals
10 7 MAINE GENERAL MED CTR 3,001-3,500 General medical/surgical hospitals
9 8 CENTRAL ME HEALTHCARE 3,001-3,500 General medical/surgical hospitals
7 9 T D BANK 2,501-3,000 Commercial banking
8 10 UNUM PROVIDENT 2,501-3,000 Direct life insurance carriers
11 11 SHAWS SUPERMARKETS 2,001-2,500 Supermarkets
18 12 WEBBER HOSPITAL ASSOC 1,501-2,000 General medical/surgical hospitals
12 13 MERCY HOSPITAL 1,501-2,000 General medical/surgical hospitals
15 14 HOME DEPOT 1,501-2,000 Home centers
20 15 LOWES HOME CENTERS 1,001-1,500 Home centers
13 16 VERSO PAPER 1,001-1,500 Paper, except newsprint, mills
22 17 GOODWILL INDUSTRIES 1,001-1,500 Vocational rehabilitation services
17 18 S D WARREN 1,001-1,500 Paper, except newsprint, mills
32 19 CIRCLE K 1,001-1,500 Gasoline stations + convenience stores
14 20 PRATTWHITNEY AIRCRAFT 1,001-1,500 Aircraft engine and engine parts mfg.
16 21 ST MARY’S REGIONAL MED 1,001-1,500 General medical and surgical hospitals
19 22 RITE AID OF MAINE 1,001-1,500 Pharmacies and drug stores
21 23 JACKSON LABORATORY 1,001-1,500 Research & development, biotech
23 24 BOWDOIN COLLEGE 1,001-1,500 Colleges and universities
25 25 UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENG 1,001-1,500 Colleges and universities
27 26 MID COAST HOSPITAL 1,001-1,500 General medical/surgical hospitals
NL 27 ME BEHAVIORAL HEALTH C 1,001-1,500 Outpatient mental health centers
26 28 YORK HOSPITAL 1,001-1,500 General medical and surgical hospitals
35 29 IDEXX LABORATORIES 1,001-1,500 Pharmaceutical preparation mfg.
NL 30 AROOSTOOK MED CEN 1,001-1,500 General medical/surgical hospitals
NL 31 PENOBSCOT BAY MED CEN 501-1,000 General medical/surgical hospitals
34 32 CENTRAL MAINE POWER CO 501-1,000 Electric power distribution
NL 33 NEW BALANCE SHOE 501-1,000 Footwear manufacturing
40 34 UNITED PARCEL SERVICE 501-1,000 Couriers & express delivery services
33 35 SPURWINK SERVICES 501-1,000 Individual and family services
36 36 BATES COLLEGE 501-1,000 Colleges and universities
39 37 ATTENDANT SERVICES 501-1,000 Services for elderly/disabled
43 38 MARDENS 501-1,000 Discount department stores
47 39 C N BROWN 501-1,000 Fuel dealers
50 40 ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL 501-1,000 General medical/surgical hospitals
42 41 NORTH COUNTRY ASSOC 501-1,000 Nursing care, skilled nursing
46 42 CIANBRO CORPORATION 501-1,000 Highway, road, bridge construction
48 43 COLBY COLLEGE 501-1,000 Colleges and universities
NL 44 FIA CARD SERVICES 501-1,000 Credit card issuing
29 45 DEAD RIVER COMPANY 501-1,000 Fuel dealers
NL 46 TIME WARNER 501-1,000 Wired telecommunications carriers
NL 47 PINE STATE TRADING CO 501-1,000 Wine and spirit wholesalers
41 48 ANTHEM HEALTH SYSTEMS 501-1,000 Direct health/medical insurance
NL 49 BONNEY STAFFING CENTER 501-1,000 Temporary help services
NL 50 MANPOWER 501-1,000 Temporary help services

NL = Not listed in 2012

Source: Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce, Research and Information http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/publications/Excel/MaineTop50Employers.xlsx (accessed January 22, 2014)

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