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Major Employers | Out-of-Town Companies

Monday, May 14, 2007

Many of the region's largest employers are not based in the Washington area, but they include some well-known names in an array of industries. Fast-food giant McDonald's is the biggest, followed by weapons maker Northrop Grumman, which bought intelligence technology firm Essex of Columbia last year. The U.S. affiliate of Dutch conglomerate Royal Ahold continued working to turn around its ailing Giant Food chain and recently reached a deal to sell off its U.S. Foodservice subsidiary, also based in Columbia. Wal-Mart struggled to define itself as more than just a low-cost leader, only to see some of its tactics backfire and hurt its bottom line. Federated Department Stores spent much of the year converting the various regional chains it had bought, such as Hecht's, into Macy's or Bloomingdale's locations. The retailer now has 29 stores in the area. Verizon moved aggressively to expand a high-speed fiber-optic network in the region to compete against cable companies for phone, Internet and television service. It won approval to begin marketing the service in several counties and cities.

Rank Company Total Employees Area Employees Industry
1 McDonald's Corp. 465,000 32,000 Food
2 Northrop Grumman Corp. 122,000 20,220 Aerospace/defense
3 Verizon Communications Inc. 242,300 18,200 Telecommunications
4 Science Applications International Corp. 44,002 16,630 Information Technology
5 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 1,800,000 14,900 Retail
6 Ahold USA 144,822 14,206 Retail
7 Safeway Inc. 207,000 11,000 Retail
8 Computer Sciences Corp. 77,000 10,416 Information Technology
9 Federated Department Stores Inc 188,000 8,000 Retail
10 International Business Machines Corp. 355,000 7,600 Information Technology

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