Major Employers in Charlotte



Major Employers in the Charlotte Metro Region

The Charlotte Chamber’s Major Employers directory is a list of 1,147 firms employing more than 676,000 people in the 16-county Charlotte region. Charlotte’s largest employers represent the diversity of industries prevalent in the region. Sectors include financial services and insurance, health care, manufacturing, transportation and logistics and retail, among others. The Charlotte region includes the following counties: Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties in North Carolina as well as Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.

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Employment According to Sector in the Region

Accomodations & Food Service (NAICS 72)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
McDonald's Corp. 2,600 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Marriott International 2,500 Regional Hotel & motel operation (except casinos)
Yum Brands Inc. 2,213 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Bojangles' Restaurants Inc. 1,892 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Hilton 1,880 Regional Hotel & motel operation (except casinos)
Wendy's 1,866 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Chick-Fil-A 1,850 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Darden Restaurants Inc. 1,760 Regional Full-service restaurants
Brinker International Inc 1,309 Regional Full-service restaurants
Compass Group North America 1,231


Foodservice management & support services
Burger King Corp. 1,177 Regional Limited-service restaurants
CBRL Group Inc. 1,157 Regional Full-service restaurants
HMSHost 1,000 Regional Food & beverage services
DineEquity Inc. 786 Regional Full-service restaurants
Subway Sandwiches & Salads 741 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Papa John's International Inc. 717 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Panera Bread 712 Regional Limited-service restaurants
CKE Restaurants Inc. 698 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Hillcrest Foods Corp. 692 Regional Limited-service restaurants
Outback Steakhouse Inc. 682 Regional Full-service restaurants
Administrative Support & Waste Management (NAICS 56)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
CORESTAFF Services 2,900 Regional Temporary staffing agency
Adecco Staffing 2,600 Regional Temporary employment agency
Robert Half International Inc. 2,000 Mecklenburg Specialized permanent & temporary placement organization
Convergys Corp. 1,763 Regional Outsourcing call center
Labor Ready Inc. 1,500 Mecklenburg Temporary manual labor
iQor Inc. 1,100 Mecklenburg Call center services for utility companies
Optum Inc. 1,100 Carbarrus Call center - client communications, fulfillment
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) 955 Mecklenburg Conventions
Allegiance Staffing 907 Mecklenburg Specialized permanent & temporary placement organization
Integra Staffing & Search 625 Mecklenburg Staffing & executive search services
Show Pros Entertainment Services Inc. 600 Regional Comprehensive event staffing
Telerx Marketing Inc. 600 Cleveland Outsourcing call center
AccruePartners 578 Mecklenburg Staffing & executive search services
Onin Group 506 Mecklenburg Temporary employment services
Elite Resources 500 Regional Employment placement agencies
Securitas Security Services USA Inc. 450 Mecklenburg Security guard & patrol services
ettain group Inc. 400 Regional IT recruiting & staffing
AAA Carolinas 375 Mecklenburg Motor club & related services
Williams & Fudge Inc. 370 York Accounts receivable management & collection service
Budd Group Inc., The 300 Mecklenburg Janitorial services
Agriculture (NAICS 11)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Metrolina Greenhouses Inc. 875 Mecklenburg Wholesale annuals, bedding plants & foliage
McLeod Farms 200 Chesterfield Peach orchard
Circle S Ranch Inc. 150 Union Turkey production
Baucom's Nursery Co. Inc. 110 Mecklenburg Flower, nursery stock & florists' supplies merchant wholesalers
Patterson Farm Inc. 100 Rowan Other vegetable & melon farming
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation (NAICS 71)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
YMCA of Greater Charlotte 4,436 Regional Fitness & recreational sports center
Carowinds 2,400 Mecklenburg Amusement & theme parks
U.S. National Whitewater Center 700 Mecklenburg All other amusement & recreation industries
NASCAR Inc. 635 Regional Sports teams & clubs
Hendrick Motorsports 522 Mecklenburg Racing teams
Roush Industries 507 Cabarrus Race team
YMCA Upper Palmetto 452 Regional Fitness & recreational sports center
Joe Gibbs Racing Inc. 400 Mecklenburg Racing teams
Penske Racing 400 Iredell Racing teams
YMCA Gaston County 388 Gaston Fitness & recreational sports center
YMCA of Rowan County 274 Rowan Fitness & recreational sports center
Stewart-Haas Racing LLC 269 Cabarrus Racing teams
Cleveland County Family YMCA 257 Cleveland Fitness & recreational sports center
Speedway Motor Sports Inc. 246 Regional Motor sports promotion & facility
Monroe Aquatics & Fitness Center 230 Union Fitness & recreational sports center
Carolina Panthers 200 Mecklenburg Professional football team
Rock Barn Golf & Spa LLC 200 Catawba Semi-private sports club & golf course
YMCA of Northwest NC 165 Regional Fitness & recreational sports center
Cannon Memorial YMCA 162 Cabarrus Fitness & recreational sports center
Construction (NAICS 23)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Boggs Paving Inc. 400 Union Highway, street & bridge construction
Wayne Brothers Inc. 341 Rowan Poured concrete foundation & structure contractors
McGee Brothers Co. Inc. 300 Regional Masonry contractors — bricklaying, excavation & grading
Preferred Electric Co. Inc. 282 Mecklenburg Commercial electrical contracting
Century Contractors Inc. 249 Mecklenburg Industrial & mechanical contractors
Starr Electric Co., Inc. 234 Mecklenburg Electrical contractors
Gamewell Mechanical 222 Rowan HVAC design & installation services
Andersen Services Inc. 220 Mecklenburg Heating & cooling systems
Fluor Corp. 220 Mecklenburg Industrial building construction
Old North State Masonry LLC 214 Mecklenburg Masonry, stone setting & other stone work
Gates Construction Co. Inc. 200 Iredell Masonry contractor
Rodgers Builders, Inc. 190 Mecklenburg Commercial & institutional construction
Balfour Beatty Construction 185 Mecklenburg Commercial & institutional construction
Morris-Jenkins Co. Inc. 182 Mecklenburg Heating & air conditioning contractor
Price Brothers Inc. 175 Mecklenburg Plumbing contractor
Gaylor Inc. of NC 160 Iredell Electrical contractors
KBR Building Group 160 Mecklenburg Commercial & institutional building construction
Pike Electric Corp. 160 Mecklenburg Designs, constructs & maintains power transmission & distribution systems
Overhead Door Co. 157 Regional Garage door installer
Cam-Ful Industries Inc. 150 Mecklenburg Mechanical contractor
Educational Services (NAICS 61)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 18,143 Mecklenburg Elementary & secondary schools
Gaston County Schools 6,347 Gaston Elementary & secondary schools
Union County Public Schools 5,427 Union Elementary & secondary schools
Cabarrus County Schools 3,803 Cabarrus Elementary & secondary schools
Rowan-Salisbury Schools 3,000 Rowan Elementary & secondary schools
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 3,000 Mecklenburg University
Iredell-Statesville Schools 2,900 Iredell Elementary & secondary schools
Central Piedmont Community College 2,700 Mecklenburg Community college
Rock Hill Schools 2,300 York Elementary & secondary schools
Cleveland County Schools 2,233 Cleveland Elementary & secondary schools
Catawba County Schools 2,059 Catawba Elementary & secondary schools
Chesterfield County School District 1,480 Chesterfield Elementary & secondary schools
Lancaster County School District 1,393 Lancaster Elementary & secondary schools
Stanly County Board of Education 1,350 Stanly Elementary & secondary schools
Fort Mill School District — York 4 1,317 York Elementary & secondary schools
Lincoln County Schools 1,293 Lincoln Elementary & secondary schools
Winthrop University 1,108 York Colleges, universities & professional schools
Clover School District 999 York Elementary & secondary schools
Davidson College 900 Mecklenburg Colleges, universities & professional schools
Alexander County Schools 840 Alexander Elementary & secondary schools
Finance & Insurance (NAICS 52)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Wells Fargo Company 23,000 Regional Commercial banking
Bank of America Corporate 15,000 Regional Commercial banking
TIAA 3,100 Mecklenburg Third party administration of insurance & pension funds
BB&T Corp 2,065 Regional Commercial banking
LPL Financial Services 1,450 Mecklenburg Financial investment advice services
Allstate Insurance Co. 1,425 Mecklenburg Direct property & casualty insurance carriers
MetLife Inc. 1,300 Regional Insurance agencies & brokerages
Vanguard Group Inc., The 1,260 Mecklenburg Investment services
Citi Fort Mill 1,100 Regional Processing center
Ally Financial Inc. 751 Mecklenburg Consumer lending
AXA Equitable 600 Mecklenburg Insurance carriers, disability, direct
Hartford Insurance, The 500 Mecklenburg Insurance agencies & brokerages
RoundPoint Financial Group Inc. 500 Mecklenburg Mortgage banking
Suntrust Bank 500 Regional Commercial banking
Fifth Third Bancorp 475 Regional Commercial banking
North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union 450 Regional State credit union
Travelers 401 Mecklenburg Insurance claims center
SCOR Global Life Americas 400 Mecklenburg Reinsurance carrier
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Inc. 377 Mecklenburg Insurance agencies & brokerages
First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. 334 Regional State chartered commercial bank
Health Care & Social Assistance (NAICS 62)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Carolinas HealthCare System 35,000 Regional Hospitals & medical services
Novant Health 11,000 Regional General medical & surgical hospital
CaroMont Health Inc. 3,980 Gaston General medical & surgical hospital
Catawba Valley Medical Center 2,200 Catawba General medical & surgical hospital
Frye Regional Medical Center 2,150 Catawba Hospital
WG (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center 1,700 Rowan General medical & surgical hospital
Tenet Healthcare Corp. 1,500 York Acute care hospital, emergency medical services, outpatient care
Iredell Health System 1,448 Iredell General medical & surgical hospital
American Red Cross 1,190 Regional Blood bank, blood products & services
Sava Senior Care 1,105 Regional Continuing care retirement communities
White Oak Manor 938 Regional Nursing care facilities
OrthoCarolina 936 Regional Orthopedic clinic
Springs Memorial Hospital 875 Lancaster Hospital providing inpatient & outpatient services & clinics
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. 835 Regional Retirement community
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center 775 Iredell General medical & surgical hospital
Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont 661 Regional Employment & training services for persons with employment barriers
Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates PA 631 Regional Specialists in eye, ear, nose, throat, voice & sleep medicine
Mecklenburg EMS Agency 525 Mecklenburg Paramedic service for Mecklenburg county
Davis Regional Medical Center 500 Iredell Health care
Peak Resources 482 Regional Nursing care facilities
Information (NAICS 51)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
AT&T North Carolina 3,290 Regional Local phone service & internet
Time Warner Cable, Inc. 3,200 Regional Wired telecommunications carriers
Windstream Communications 1,876 Regional Wire line communications products & services
Microsoft Corp. 1,125 Mecklenburg Product support for Microsoft software, consulting & sales
Charlotte Observer, The 800 Regional Newspaper publishers
ACN Inc. 600 Cabarrus Telecommunications resellers
McKesson Corp. 554 Mecklenburg Healthcare information solutions
Fiserv Inc. 500 Catawba Data processing, hosting & related services
Comporium Communications 402 Regional Local & long distance telecommunications
Hearst Corp. 400 Mecklenburg Support unit for publishing & pre-press services
Shutterfly Inc. 400 York All other publishers
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library 358 Mecklenburg Public library
3D Systems Corp. 320 York Software publishers
American City Business Journals Inc. 300 Mecklenburg Newspaper publishing
Verizon Wireless 295 Regional Cellular & other wireless telecommunications
ESPN Regional Television 260 Mecklenburg Sports programming
Mood Media 200 York Specialized sound recording for business use
Regal Entertainment Group 200 Regional Motion picture theaters
Gaston Gazette, The 192 Gaston Newspaper publishing
Inspiration Television Network 192 Lancaster Christian cable satellite broadcasting network service
Manufacturing (NAICS 31-33)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Daimler Trucks North America LLC 6,800 Regional Motor vehicle body manufacturing
HSM 5,200 Regional Mattresses & bedsprings
Century Furniture Industries 2,450 Catawba Both upholstered & wood furniture, residential & contract
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated 2,147 Regional Soft drink manufacturing
Schaeffler Group USA Inc. 1,987 Regional Radial needle roller bearings, needles, pins & precision components
Ingersoll Rand Co. Ltd. 1,900 Mecklenburg Air & gas compressor manufacturing
Allegheny Technologies Inc. 1,660 Union Nonferrous metal (except copper & aluminum) rolling, drawing & extruding
Siemens Energy, Inc., Siemens Industry 1,551 Mecklenburg Motor & generator manufacturing
Tyson Foods Inc. 1,500 Union Poultry processing
International Paper Co. 1,500 Regional Non-folding sanitary food container manufacturing
American & Efird Inc. 1,441 Gaston Thread mills
Pharr Yarns LLC 1,400 Regional Yarn spinning mills
CommScope Inc. 1,400 Regional Data communications equipment manufacturing
Flextronics Inc. 1,400 Mecklenburg Electronics manufacturing
Parkdale Mills Inc. 1,297 Regional Yarn spinning mills
Snyder's-Lance Inc. 1,280 Mecklenburg Snack foods (cookies, crackers, potato chips & roasted peanuts)
Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co. 1,200 Regional Cast iron pipe & fittings
Sealed Air 975 Mecklenburg Plastic bag & pouch manufacturing
Electrolux North America 900 Mecklenburg Household vacuum cleaner manufacturing
RSI Home Products Inc. 867 Lincoln Marble vanity tops & bathroom cabinetry
Other (NAICS 81)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Autobell Car Wash Inc. 557 Regional Car washes
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association 400 Mecklenburg Religious organizations
Alsco Inc. 308 Mecklenburg Industrial launderers
Maple Springs Laundry LLC 289 Catawba Industrial launderers
Massage Envy 284 Regional Other personal care services
Bethlehem Center of Charlotte Inc. 235 Mecklenburg Community-based human services for children & families
Modern Salon & Spa Inc. 234 Mecklenburg Hair salon & day spa
Cintas Corp. 231 Regional Uniform supply
Salisbury Rowan Community Action Agency Inc. 200 Rowan Community service
Salvation Army 198 Regional Emergency homeless shelter
Rush Truck Center 177 Mecklenburg Automotive repair
Intermec Inc. 175 Mecklenburg Repair depot for Intermec equipment
Meineke Car Care Centers Inc. 133 Regional Automotive exhaust system repair
MorningStar Ministries 130 York Religious organizations
Hickory Grove Baptist Church 120 Mecklenburg Religious organizations
Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte 115 Mecklenburg Religious organizations
Aramark Corp. 110 Mecklenburg Industrial uniform apparel services
UniFirst Corp. 110 Mecklenburg Industrial launderers
Rental Uniform Service Inc. 100 Iredell Industrial uniform launderers & rental
SIM USA 100 Mecklenburg Religious organizations
Professional & Technical Services (NAICS 54)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Red Ventures LLC 2,700 Lancaster Marketing consulting services
IBM Corp. 2,500 Mecklenburg Computer software publishing
Aon Hewitt 1,640 Mecklenburg Global human resources services firm
Lash Group 1,500 Mecklenburg Health care consultant
CB&I 1,071 Mecklenburg Engineers power transmission & distribution systems
Premier Inc. 900 Mecklenburg Health care management & consulting services
Deloitte LLP 712 Mecklenburg Tax, auditing & accounting services
AREVA Inc 645 Mecklenburg Engineering services
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP 600 Mecklenburg Offices of certified public accountants
EY 580 Mecklenburg Offices of certified public accountants
Security Forces Inc. 500 Regional Security consulting services
Moore & Van Allen PLLC 450 Mecklenburg Offices of lawyers
Synchrony Financial 400 Mecklenburg Financial services
CPI Corp. 350 Mecklenburg Photography studios, portrait
Grant Thornton LLP 350 Mecklenburg Global accounting
KPMG LLP 350 Mecklenburg Accounting, auditing & tax services
McGuireWoods LLP 350 Mecklenburg Offices of lawyers
AvidXchange Inc. 320 Mecklenburg Technology consulting
Alston & Bird LLP 300 Mecklenburg Offices of lawyers
Electric Power Research Institute Inc. 300 Mecklenburg Utility research institute
Public Administration (NAICS 92)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
North Carolina State Government 7,600 Regional State government
City of Charlotte 6,800 Mecklenburg City government
U.S. Government 5,300 Regional Federal government
Mecklenburg County 5,000 Mecklenburg County government
South Carolina State Government 2,826 Regional State government
Gaston County 1,500 Gaston County government
Iredell County 1,330 Iredell County government
Catawba County 1,100 Catawba County supervisor & executive offices
Union County 1,100 Union County government
Rowan County 1,089 Rowan County government
York County SC 1,000 York County government
Cabarrus County 987 Cabarrus County supervisor & executive offices
City of Gastonia 958 Gaston City government
Lincoln County 940 Lincoln County government
City of Concord 919 Cabarrus City government
Cleveland County 890 Cleveland County government
City of Rock Hill 803 York City government
Lancaster County 762 Lancaster County government
City of Monroe 712 Union City government
Real Estate / Rental (NAICS 53)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Wilkinson & Associates 630 Mecklenburg Residential real estate
Sunbelt Rentals Inc. 334 Regional Construction, industrial, specialty & homeowner equipment rental
Allen Tate Co. Inc. 299 Regional Residential real estate agents
Lincoln Harris LLC 275 Mecklenburg Commercial real estate development
Childress Klein Properties 266 Mecklenburg Commercial real estate
Avis Budget Group Inc. 213 Regional Car rental agencies
Enterprise Rent-A-Car 209 Regional Passenger car/truck rental
Keith Corp., The 160 Mecklenburg Offices of real estate agents and brokers
Hertz Global Holdings 122 Regional Passenger car rental
Ryder Integrated Logistics 112 Regional Truck leasing & rental, finance leasing, control logistics & transportation
Retail (NAICS 44-45)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 17,100 Regional Discount department stores
Delhaize America Inc. 9,078 Regional Supermarkets & other grocery stores
Harris Teeter Supermarkets 8,239 Regional Retail grocery store
Lowe's Companies Inc. 7,801 Regional Home improvement retail stores
Target Stores 3,049 Regional Department store
Bi-Lo LLC 2,500 Regional Supermarkets & other grocery stores
Family Dollar Stores Inc. 2,500 Regional Discount department stores
Belk Inc. 2,300 Regional Department store retail company
TJX Companies Inc. 1,831 Regional Discount department stores
JC Penney Corp. Inc. 1,793 Regional Department stores (except discount department stores)
Hendrick Automotive Group 1,723 Regional Automotive retail sales & service
Ross Stores Inc. 1,704 Regional Family clothing stores
Publix 1,678 Regional Retail grocery store
Home Depot Inc. 1,495 Regional Home center
Rite Aid Corp. 1,319 Regional Pharmacies & drug stores
CVS Corp. 1,262 Regional Pharmacies & drug stores
Dillard's Inc. 1,205 Regional Department stores (except discount department stores)
Kohl's Department Store 1,198 Regional Department store
Advance Auto Parts 1,087 Regional Automotive parts & accessories stores
Best Buy Co. Inc. 1,020 Regional Radio, television & other electronics stores
Transportation & Warehousing (NAICS 48)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
American Airlines 11,000 Mecklenburg Scheduled passenger air transportation
DMSI Inc. 2,175 Mecklenburg Transportation services
Transit Management of Charlotte, Inc. 715 Mecklenburg Public transportation
YRC Freight 700 Mecklenburg General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload
Charlotte Douglas International Airport 420 Mecklenburg Other airport operations
Carolina Cargo Inc. 400 York General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload
Maersk Inc. 375 Mecklenburg Freight transportation arrangement
FleetNet America Inc. 300 Gaston Other support activities for road transportation
Sunbelt Furniture Xpress Inc. 240 Catawba Common & contract hauling
Estes Express Lines 226 Regional General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload
Averitt Express Inc. 200 Regional General freight trucking, long-distance, truckload
USF Holland Inc. 200 Mecklenburg Long distance trucking
Schneider National Inc. 180 Mecklenburg Long distance trucking
Forward Air Corp. 170 Mecklenburg Freight transportation arrangement
Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corp. 170 Mecklenburg Freight transportation arrangement
Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. 161 Regional General freight trucking, long-distance, less than truckload
Ozburn-Hessey Logistics LLC/OHL 150 Regional Freight transportation arrangement
Saia LTL Freight 150 Mecklenburg General freight trucking, long-distance, less than truckload
Air General Inc. 130 Mecklenburg Freight transportation arrangement
Lisk Trucking Inc. 125 Anson Long distance trucking operator
Utilities (NAICS 22)
Company Employees County NAICS Description
Duke Energy Corp. 7,800 Regional Electrical power generation & distribution
Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. 923 Regional Natural gas distribution
Scana Corporation 305 Gaston Natural gas distribution
Cogentrix Energy LLC 150 Mecklenburg Other electric power generation
Union Power Cooperative 128 Regional Electric power distribution
Wholesale Sales (NAICS 42)
Company Employees County NAICS Code & Description
Merchants Distributors, Inc. 1,400 Catawba General line grocery merchant wholesalers
US Foods Inc. 1,245 Regional Wholesale general groceries
Cardinal Health Inc. 960 Regional Medical, dental & hospital equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers
Performance Fibers Inc. 750 Regional Other miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers
Stanley Black & Decker Inc. 687 Regional Hardware merchant wholesalers
Doosan Infracore Portable Power Inc. 500 Iredell Motor vehicle supplies & new parts merchant wholesalers
Sysco Charlotte 500 Cabarrus Food service wholesale distribution
Atlas Copco 450 Regional Industrial machinery & equipment merchant wholesalers
Carolina CAT 405 Regional Construction & mining machinery & equipment merchant wholesalers
Manheim Statesville 350 Iredell Automobile auction to dealers
ADESA Inc. 300 Mecklenburg Automobile & other motor vehicle merchant wholesalers
ZF Chassis Systems LLC 300 Catawba Motor vehicle supplies & new parts merchant wholesalers
Hanes Industries Inc. 295 Catawba Wholesale trade agents & brokers
Murata Machinery USA Inc. 280 Mecklenburg High-tech industrial equipment sales
Acosta Sales & Marketing Co. 276 Mecklenburg General line grocery merchant wholesalers
TharpeRobbins Co., The 265 Iredell Assembler & distributor of employee recognition awards
Haddon House Food Products 250 Chester Distribution center — groceries wholesaler
SellEthics Marketing Group Inc. 250 Mecklenburg Other grocery & related products merchant wholesalers
United Stationers Supply Co. 250 Mecklenburg Stationery & office supplies merchant wholesalers