Top Employers

Photo by U.S. ArmyThe region and the entire Richmond metropolitan area are home to a diverse group of employers, from a major Army training center to advanced materials producers, food producers, national distributors, and leading energy firms. As part of the Richmond-Petersburg MSA, the region has access to a vast workforce pool and the capital of Virginia, Richmond, just 25 miles north, which houses the state government, world-class lifestyle amenities and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The metro area is home to the headquarters of twelve Fortune 1000 companies with major presences of additional Fortune 500 companies.

Top Employers, Gateway Region Communities

Employer Product or Service Employees
Fort Lee Army logistics and culinary training 12,700
Dominion Resources Electric utility (incl. HQ in Richmond) 5,433 E-commerce fulfillment 3,800
Defense Supply Center Richmond Deptartment of Defense logistics/supply/contracting 3,500
United Parcel Service (UPS) Regional distribution center (incl. additional MSA offices)  2,490
DuPont Kevlar, Tyvek, Nomex, Teflon 2,376
General Dynamics/Vangent Medicare call center 1,450
Southside Regional Medical Center Healthcare 1,280
Honeywell Chemicals, fibers, and R&D center 1,200
Hillphoenix Refrigerated casings 1,196
WestRock Paperboard 1,081
Virginia State University Higher education 958
General Electric (Alstom Power) Power generation turbines 928
Walmart Distribution Center* Department store distribution 800
Cuore Call center  772
Northrop Grumman Corporation Data center (incl. additional offices in MSA) 725
Campofrio Food Group America Italian food manufacturing 500
Food Lion Distribution Center* Grocery distribution 500
Perdue Foods Poultry products 500
Sabra Dipping Company Hummus and vegetable dips 450
Maruchan Ramen soups and noodles 450
Gerdau Ameristeel Long steel 450
Amsted Rail Co. (Brenco) Ball & roller bearings 420
Boar's Head Provisions Meat processing 400
Church & Dwight Arm & Hammer and Trojan brands 320
Ace Hardware Hardware products distribution center 275
Ashland Specialty chemicals 254
Rolls-Royce North America Disks/blades for aircraft engines 250

Other Top Employers, Richmond-Petersburg MSA

Employer Product or Service Employees
Virginia Commonwealth University & Health System Academic campus, medical university and hospital 15,291
Capital One Financial Corp. Diversified financial services, local banking, lending and credit cards 11,262
HCA Virginia Health System Healthcare 7,628
Bon Secours Richmond Health System Healthcare 7,136
SunTrust Banks, Inc. Banking, other financial services, mortgage HQ 3,810
Altria Group, Inc. Tobacco products production and R&D, corporate HQ 3,800
Wells Fargo Banking and investments, regional HQ 2,902
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health insurance services 2,655
Bank of America Banking and investments, Virginia HQ 1,921
Markel Corp. Specialty insurance products and programs 1,886
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Central bank of the U.S., regional HQ 1,882
Verizon Communications Telecommunications, Virginia HQ 1,700
University of Richmond University campus and staff 1,578
Genworth Financial   Insurance and financial products and services, corporate HQ 1,134
CarMax Used car superstores, corporate HQ 1,306
Estes Express Lines Freight transportation 1,102
Supervalu Inc. Grocery retail and supply chain services 890
Tyson Foods Food processing, meats and prepared foods 850
BB&T Corp.   Full-service financial institution 839
T-Mobile USA Cell phone provider 816

*Distribution center only, does not include retail locations
Note: Major employers excludes local governments and retail
Sources: Richmond Times-Dispatch; InfoGroup; Virginia Employment Commission; VGR internal research, 2016

Employer Sizes

While there are a number of very large local employers in the the region, the economy is not dependent on any single or few employers. Twenty-four percent of the region's workforce is employed by firms with 501 or more employees, while more than three quarters of the workforce is employed by firms with 1 to 500 employees.