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Central Oregon Largest Employers List

EDCO is pleased to announce the 2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers List, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 23 years, is the most comprehensive major employer list in Central Oregon.

This year the top 50 private companies collectively employ 22,340 Central Oregonians, or roughly 20% of the region’s March 2024 annual average total non-farm employment of 107,550. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing 4,791 people regionwide, an 8.9% increase since last year at the same time.

The top five traded-sector businesses, those that primarily sell their goods or services outside the local market and bring revenue into the region from national or international markets, include:

  1. Les Schwab Headquarters & Tire Centers (Regional, OR) – Started as a small shop in Prineville, Oregon in 1952, Les Schwab Tire Centers now employs over 7,000 people across the country.
  2. Bright Wood Corporation (Regional, OR) – The largest independent manufacturer of window and patio door components and engineered dimension lumber in the U.S.
  3. BASX Solutions (Redmond, OR) – An industry-leader in manufacturing high efficiency data center cooling solutions, cleanroom systems, custom HVAC systems, and modular solutions.
  4. Epic Aircraft, LLC (Bend, OR) – Leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance, all-composite, six-seat single-engine turboprop aircraft.
  5. Lonza, formerly Bend Research (Bend, OR) – A leading global provider of integrated healthcare solutions ranging from early phase development to custom development and manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Of these five top traded-sector businesses, BASX Solutions saw the highest percentage increase in new jobs since last year, adding 133 new positions. The company is expecting to continue this employment growth into 2025.

Jon Stark, CEO of EDCO, said, “Private, traded-sector business makes Central Oregon more resilient in times of economic shifts and enriches the quality of life across our communities. At EDCO, we are dedicated to supporting these businesses as they face and overcome challenges related to workforce development, market research, land use, physical space needs, and access to capital, among other things. Our engagement with over 400 traded-sector companies annually ensures business leaders have the pivotal tools and resources they need to grow. It’s gratifying to see these companies flourish and increase employment opportunities for Central Oregonians.”

When evaluating the region for investment and new or expanded operations, companies often turn to EDCO for information about the existing employment base and largest private employers from both the traded-sector (ex. high technology, advanced manufacturing and scientific) and non-traded sector (ex. retail, education, healthcare, hospitality, and construction). EDCO’s regional list features private (for-profit and non-profit) employers, while those at the individual community level include both private and public employers.

To view the lists in their entirety, visit our Top Employers page or click on the links below:

2024 Central Oregon Top 50 Public and Private Employers
2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Bend
2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Redmond
2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sisters
2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sunriver and La Pine
2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Crook County
2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Jefferson County
2024 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Deschutes County

Data for the lists are self-reported and not audited and should only be used as an informational guideline. Businesses are asked to provide the total number of employees, not full-time equivalency, during their most recent pay period or, for companies with seasonal patterns of employment, their seasonal high. Numbers only include employees working in Central Oregon and contain contractors or interns if they are full-time and long-term. Some businesses chose not to participate in these lists and are therefore excluded.

EDCO RELEASES 2022 LIST OF CENTRAL OREGON’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Data Compiled by EDCO Shows Top Public & Private Regional Employers

Bend, Ore. – May 4, 2022Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers List, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 20+ years, is the most comprehensive major employer list in Central Oregon.

This year the top 50 private companies collectively employ over 20,300 Central Oregonians, or roughly 20.2% of the region’s 2021 annual average total non-farm employment of 100,700. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing over 4,500 people regionwide.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, 80% of Oregon establishments have nine or fewer employees and the average private establishment employed roughly 11 people in 2021.

“Given the challenges many have faced over the 2+ years of the pandemic, we are grateful for the willingness of so many employers to share their employment data,” said Jon Stark, Interim CEO of EDCO, “and for the relationships we’ve developed over the years that enable us to collect this information.” Stark added, “we are proud to have so many growing and sustainable companies on the high desert and while larger organizations play an important role in our economy, it’s the smaller, often younger companies that generally have the largest net gains in employment.”

When evaluating the region for investment and new or expanded operations, companies often turn to EDCO for information about the existing employment base and largest private employers from both the traded-sector (manufacturers, high technology and professional service companies) and non-traded sector (retail and commercial businesses, education, healthcare, hospitality, construction, etc.). EDCO’s regional list features private (for-profit and non-profit) employers, while those at the community level include both private and public employers.

To view the lists in their entirety, click on the links below:

2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Bend
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Redmond
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Jefferson County
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Crook County
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sisters
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sunriver_La Pine

Data for the lists are self-reported and not audited, so are only to be used as an informational guideline. Some businesses chose not to participate in these lists and are therefore excluded.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

EDCO ANNOUNCES 2021 CENTRAL OREGON LARGEST EMPLOYERS

EDCO logo, Mount Bachelor landscape

EDCO RELEASES 2021 CENTRAL OREGON LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Data compiled by EDCO Shows Top Public & Private Regional Employers

Bend, Ore. – April 1, 2021 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers List, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 20 years, is the most comprehensive major employer list in Central Oregon.

This year the top 50 private companies collectively employ nearly 21,000 Central Oregonians, or roughly 21.9% of the region’s 2020 annual average total non-farm employment of 95,790. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing over 4,600 people regionwide.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, 77% of Oregon establishments have nine or fewer employees and the average private establishment employed roughly 11 people in 2020.

“Our team is especially appreciative that our private and public employers were willing to provide this information given the events of the past 12 months,” said Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO. “The top employers list provides a perspective of the important role larger organizations play in our economy even as most jobs still come from small, often young businesses.”

When evaluating the region for investment and new or expanded operations, companies often turn to EDCO for information about the existing employment base and largest private employers from both the traded-sector (manufacturers, high technology and professional service companies) and non-traded sector (retail and commercial businesses, education, healthcare, hospitality, construction, etc.). EDCO’s regional list features private (for-profit and non-profit) employers, while those at the community level include both private and public employers.

To view the lists in their entirety, click on the links below:

2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Bend
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Redmond
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Jefferson County
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Crook County
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sisters
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sunriver_La Pine

 

Data for the lists is self-reported and not audited, so are only to be used as an informational guideline. Some businesses chose not to participate in these lists and are therefore excluded.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.