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Largest Economic Base Employers in the Columbus Region

See a list of the largest economic base companies employing the most workers overall and by sector in the Columbus Region.

All Sectors

1 JPMorgan Chase & Co. 20,475
2 Nationwide 13,000
3 Honda of America Mfg., Inc. 10,701
4 L Brands Inc. 7,800
5 Huntington Bancshares Incorporated  5,052
6 Cardinal Health 4,095
7 American Electric Power Company, Inc. 3,365
8 Alliance Data Retail Services 3,057
9 PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. 3,000
10 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. 2,650
11 Express Script Holdings Company 2,441
12 Whirlpool Corporation 2,344
13 Gap Inc. 2,350
14 Battelle 2,194
15 DHL Supply Chain 2,190
16 Abbott Nutrition 2,055
17 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company 1,950
18 Verizon Communications, Inc. 1,886
19 United Parcel Service, Inc. 1,799
20 Time Warner Cable Inc. 1,779
21 Teleperformance 1,730
22 Emerson Network Power 1,720
23 zulily 1,660
24 Safelite Group, Inc. 1,600
25 Discover Financial Services, Inc. 1,581
Source: Columbus 2020


Headquarters and Business Services

Companies headquartered in the Columbus Region are bold

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Finance and Insurance 20,475 23
Nationwide Finance and Insurance 13,000 69
L Brands Inc. Retail and Apparel 7,800 234
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated Finance and Insurance 5,052 698
Cardinal Health Healthcare 4,095 21
American Electric Power Company, Inc. Utilities 3,365 165
Alliance Data Retail Services Information Technology; Big Data 3,057 404 (Alliance Data Systems Corporation)
PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Finance and Insurance 3,000 171
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Retail and Apparel 2,650 644
Express Scripts Holding Company Healthcare 2,441 22
DHL Supply Chain Logistics 2,190 Foreign-owned (North American headquarters in Region)
Abbott Nutrition Food and Beverage 2,055 138 (Abbott Laboratories)
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company Finance and Insurance 1,950 35
Verizon Communications, Inc. Telecommunications 1,886 13
Time Warner Cable Inc. Telecommunications 1,779 116
Teleperformance Call Centers 1,730 Foreign-owned
Emerson Network Power Infrastructure Technologies 1,720 128 (Emerson Electric)
Safelite Group, Inc. Auto Glass and Claims Management 1,600 Foreign-owned
Discover Financial Services, Inc. Finance and Insurance 1,581 283
Worthington Industries, Inc. Manufacturing 1,366 667
Source: Columbus 2020; Fortune, 2016



Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Automotive 10,701
Whirlpool Corporation Appliances 2,344
Abbott Nutrition Food and Beverage 2,055
Emerson Network Power Infrastructure Technologies 1,720
TS Tech Co., Ltd. Automotive 1,536
Worthington Industries, Inc. Steels 1,366
Ariel Corporation Energy 1,365
Stanley Electric U.S. Co., Inc. Automotive 1,352
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceuticals 1,255
EveryWare Global, Inc. Glass 1,250
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Lawn and Garden Care 1,190
Owens Corning Building Products 1,011
Lancaster Colony Corporation Food and Beverage 877
Mars Petcare Pet Care 836
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Precision Instruments 800
Cardington Yutaka Technologies, Inc. Automotive 725
Jefferson Industries Corporation Automotive 700
Kokosing Construction Company, Inc. Construction 670
Siemens AG Energy 650
Anheuser-Busch InBev Food and Beverage 640
Source: Columbus 2020


L Brands Inc. Retail and Apparel 7,800
Cardinal Health Healthcare 4,095
Defense Supply Center Columbus Military 3,000
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Retail and Apparel 2,650
Gap Inc. Retail and Apparel 2,350
DHL Supply Chain Logistics Provider 2,190
United Parcel Services, Inc. Logistics Provider 1,799
zulily, inc. Retail and Apparel 1,660
Midwest Express Group Automotive 1,183
Big Lots, Inc. Retail and Apparel 1,143
FedEx Corporation Logistics Provider 1,044
Thirty-One Gifts, LLC Retail and Apparel 969
Eddie Bauer Retail and Apparel 900
Ascena Retail Group, Inc. Retail and Apparel 850
Mars Petcare Pet Care 836
McGraw-Hill Education Learning Science 825
Express, Inc. Retail and Apparel 757
FST Logistics Logistics Provider 750
DSW Inc. Retail and Apparel 726
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Retail Goods 698
Source: Columbus 2020

Science and Technology

Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Automotive R&D 10,701
Cardinal Health Medical Devices 4,095
Alliance Data Retail Services Information Technology; Big Data 3,057
Battelle Research and Development 2,194
Abbott Nutrition Bioscience and Biotechnology 2,055
Emerson Network Power Critical Infrastructure Technology 1,720
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) Research and Development 1,400
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Bioscience and Biotechnology 1,255
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Agbioscience R&D 1,190
IBM Information Technology; Big Data 1,053
AT&T Inc. Information Technology; Telecommunications 1,000
Ashland Inc. Bioscience and Biotechnology 964
CenturyLink, Inc. Information Technology; Telecommunications 949
Mettler-Toledo Interntional Inc. Precision Instruments 800
OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.) Information Technology 746
DuPont Bioscience and Biotechnology 570
TEKsystems Inc. Information Technology 564
Hexion Inc. Bioscience and Biotechnology 535
ICC (Information Control Company) Information Technology; Big Data 518
The Boeing Company Aerospace Technology 425
Nokia Corporation Information Technology; Telecommunications 425
Source: Columbus 2020

International Business

Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Manufacturing; Science and Technology Japan 10,701
DHL Supply Chain Logistics Germany 2,190
Teleperformance Business Services France 1,730
Safelite Group, Inc. Business Services; Manufacturing Belgium 1,600
TS Tech Co., Ltd. Manufacturing Japan 1,536
Stanley Electric US Co., Inc. Manufacturing Japan 1,352
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing; Science and Technology Jordan 1,255
Midwest Express Group Manufacturing Japan 1,183
CareWorks MCO Business Services Canada 1,083
Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. Manufacturing; Science and Technology Switzerland 800
Cardington Yukata Technologies, Inc. Manufacturing Japan 725
Jefferson Industries Corporation Manufacturing Japan 700
Siemens AG Manufacturing Germany 650
Anheuser-Busch InBev Manufacturing Belgium 640
Farmers Insurance Group Finance and Insurance Switzerland 600
Accenture LLP Business Services Ireland 590
Anomatic Corporation Personal Care and Beauty Germany 585
BMW Financial Services NA, LLC Finance and Insurance Germany 562
American Showa Inc. Manufacturing Japan 556
Smiths Medical Business Services United Kingdom 530
Source: Columbus 2020

Defining Economic Base

Full time employment figures are based on economic base jobs and exclude government, education, health and retail.

Economic base industries export goods or services out of the Columbus Region, thereby bringing wealth in from outside sources. As an example, a headquarters operation or manufacturing facility generates wealth for the local economy by serving businesses or consumers in external markets, as opposed to a local grocery store or medical facility that primarily sells goods or services to its local market.

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