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Major Employers | Out-of-Town Companies

Monday, May 1, 2006

The roster of out-of-town companies with the most employees in the area hasn't changed much on the surface, but much has been happening. Federated Department Stores Inc. bought May Department Stores Co. and will convert Hecht's stores to the Macy's nameplate. Verizon Communications Inc. closed its $8.5 billion purchase of Ashburn-based MCI Inc. and began offering TV service over fiber-optic cable in parts of the area. Maryland enacted the country's first law to require retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to spend more on employee health insurance. Ahold USA Inc. spent $1.1 billion to settle a securities-fraud class-action lawsuit at its Columbia-based U.S. Foodservice Inc. and struggled against eroding market share at its Giant Food chain. Employee-owned Science Applications International Corp. announced plans to go public, and Computer Sciences Corp. announced that it's up for sale.

Rank Company Total Employees Area Employees Industry
1 McDonald's Corp. 447,000 31,500 Food
2 Northrop Grumman Corp. 123,600 20,340 Aerospace/defense
3 Ahold USA 127,000 17,365 Retail
4 Science Applications International Corp. 43,554 15,870 Information Technology
5 Verizon Communications Inc. 216,704 14,000 Telecommunications
6 Computer Sciences Corp. 80,000 11,000 Information Technology
7 Safeway Inc. 201,000 9,000 Retail
8 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 1,700,000 8,500 Retail
9 Federated Department Stores Inc 200,000 7,700 Retail
10 International Business Machines Corp. 175,000 7,300 Information Technology

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