Penn State still region’s No. 1 employer

February 9, 2013 

Below is a list of the top 40 employers in Centre County.

1. Penn State

University Park

President: Rodney Erickson

What: A public research university with an estimated 44,814 student enrollment.

Centre County employees: 24,709 including 12,213 full-time; 5,767 part-time and 6,728 student or work-study employees.

Previous rank: 1

Contact: 865-4700

2. Mount Nittany Health

1800 E. Park Ave., State College

President/CEO: Steve Brown

What:An acute-care facility offering medical, surgical, diagnostic and community services that is affiliated with the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The hospital also offers outpatient clinics providing health services throughout Centre County.

Centre County employees: 2,092

Previous rank: 2

Contact: 231-7000

3. State College Area School District

131 W. Nittany Ave., State College

Superintendent: Bob O’Donnell

What: The school district educates about 7,022 students in the Centre Region with an estimated 2012-13 budget of $116.8 million.

Centre County employees: 1,510. This includes 1,132 full-time and 378 part-time employees. Seventy-two are coaches, 69 community educators, 35 intramural, 27 job coaches, 13 lifeguards, 10 event staff and 152 part-time employees as bus drivers, food service representatives and teachers and paraprofessionals.

Previous rank: 3

Contact: 231-1011

4. State government


Governor: Tom Corbett

What: State government has a 2012-13 annual budget of $27.66 billion, an increase from $27.15 billion in 2011-12, that is not under the purview of federal or local authorities.

Centre County employees: 1,140

Previous rank: 4

Contact: 717-787-2500

5. County government


Commissioners: Steve Dershem, Chris Exarchos and Michael Pipe

What: The county runs governmental functions not otherwise taken care of by either the state or local government. The offices include planning, elections, the Recorder of Deeds and the Register of Wills, and more. The projected county budget is about $82.1 million.

Centre County employees: 845

Previous rank: 5

Contact: 355-6700

6. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.

1952 Waddle Road, State College

President: Dan Hawbaker

What: An excavation company with the goal to build, serve and advance local communities, operating 24 quarries and eight asphalt production facilities across the state, New York’s Southern Tier and eastern Ohio. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. offers services such as asphalt paving, road construction, gas well service and construction, as well as engineering design services.

Centre County employees: 782

Previous rank: 6

Contact: 247-1444

7. Wal-Mart Associates Inc.

State College

What: A retail business that manages discount department stores around the world with about 8,970 locations worldwide, and 2.2 million employees worldwide.

Centre County employees: 750 at two Walmart stores and Sam’s Club

Previous rank: 7

Contact: 479-273-4000

8. The Meadows/Universal Community Behavioral Health

132 The Meadows Drive, Centre Hall

CEO: Thomas Kenny

What: Provides inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient therapy for children, adolescents and adults, and family-based mental health services.

Centre County employees: 598

Previous rank: 9

Contact: 364-2161

9. Weis Markets Inc.

1000 S. Second St., Sunbury

President/CEO: David Hepfinger

What: A supermarket chain based in Sunbury, including several locations in Centre County — with its newest location in Spring Township that added about 85 jobs — and locations in New York, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey. The Spring Township superstore, which opened last February, is about twice the size of the old Bellefonte location, which it replaced.

Centre County employees: 567

Previous rank: 12

Contact: 866-999-9347

10. Geisinger Medical Group

Centre County

Regional medical director: Dr. Raymond Nungesser.

What: A branch of Danville-based Geisinger Health System, which serves central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Centre County employees: 519

Previous rank: 13

Contact: 800-275-6401

11. HRI Inc.

750 W. College Ave., State College

President/CEO: John R. Kulka

What: A family-owned paving company in State College that runs several hot-mix asphalt plants and one emulsion plant.

Centre County employees: 475

Previous rank: 10

Contact: 238-5071

12. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

345 Colonnade Blvd., State College.

Manager: Todd Strassner Jr.

What: A family-owned grocery store chain based in Rochester, N.Y. with 81 locations in six states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts, with one in Centre County. Wegmans has appeared on Fortune’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list since its inception in 1998, and has ranked among the top 10 for the past decade, including the best company to work for in 2005. The Food Network recognized it with its award for Best Grocery Store in 2007 and Consumer Reports ranked it the top U.S. grocery chain in 2012.

Centre County employees: 435, however, Strassner said that number increases in seasons where Wegmans gets more student employees.

Previous rank: 14

Contact: 278-9000

13. Bellefonte Area School District

318 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte

Superintendent: Cheryl Potteiger

What: The school district educates about 2,912 students in the Bellefonte area from kindergarten to 12th grade in six schools, with a budget of $42.6 million in the 2012-13 school year.

Centre County employees: 428

Previous rank: 11

Contact: 355-3814

14. Federal government

Washington, D.C.

President: Barack Obama.

What: The federal government has 17 agencies in Centre County. The latest statistics come from November, and show a decrease from last year’s employment level of 567 local federal employees due to budget cuts.

Centre County employees: 400

Previous rank: 8

15. YMCA of Centre County

125 W. High St. Bellefonte

Executive Director: Howard Long

What: As a not-for profit “community centered” organization, the YMCA of Centre County oversees three local branches in State College, Bellefonte and Philipsburg.

Centre County employees: 361

Previous rank: 18

Contact: 355-5551

16. Minitab Inc.

1829 Pine Hall Road, State College

President/CEO: Barbara Ryan

What: Creates data analysis software for businesses and educational statistics software for schools.

Centre County employees: 325

Previous rank: 24

Contact: 238-3280

17. Shaner Operating Corp.

1965 Waddle Road, State College

Chairman: Lance Shaner

What: With more than 2,500 employees, Shaner Corp. comprises hotels, management firms and a financial service branch.

Centre County employees: 324. Of the total, 228 are full time and 96 are part time, however those numbers vary throughout the year as the Toftrees location hires more people seasonally.

Previous rank: 17

Contact: 234-4460

18. AccuWeather Inc.

385 Science Park Road, State College

Founder/president: Joel N. Myers CEO: Barry Lee Myers

What: A national weather company that provides weather forecasting services for more than 175,000 clients worldwide.

Centre County employees: 317

Previous rank: 19

Contact: 235-8500

19. Restek Corp.

110 Benner Circle, Bellefonte

President: Bryan Wolcott

What: A corporation that manufactures chromatography products used in a wide range of scientific analysis. Restek was founded in 1985 in Centre County.

Centre County employees: 300

Previous rank: 22

Contact: 353-1300

20. McDonald’s Restaurants of Pennsylvania Inc.

Centre County

Department head: Jason Saylor

What: The global fast-food chain, based in Illinois, has four locations in State College and one in Milesburg.

Centre County employees: 298

Previous rank: 26

Contact: 800-244-6227

21. Bald Eagle Area School District

751 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate

Superintendent: Daniel Fisher

What: The district services nearly 2,000 students in four elementary schools, one junior and one senior high school. The annual budget is estimated at $27 million for the 2012-2013 school year.

Centre County employees: 296

Previous rank: 20

Contact: 355-4860

22. Giant Food Stores LLC

State College

Leader: David Javitch

What: The Carlisle-based grocery store chain operating in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. They are partners with other supermarket chains, Tops Markets headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., and Martin’s, which is operated by Giant-Carlisle. Giant has two State College area locations: 2222 E. College Ave. and 255 Northland Center.

Centre County employees: 284

Previous rank: 25

Contact: 888-814-4268

23. Hotel State College & Co.

100 W. College Ave., State College

Owner: Mike Desmond

What: The company runs numerous bars and restaurants in downtown State College including the Allen Street Grill, The Corner Room, Bill Pickle’s Tap Room, Indigo, Chumleys and Zeno’s Pub.

Centre County employees: 270

Previous rank: 21

Contact: 237-4350

24. Raytheon Co.

300 Science Park Road, State College

Site executive: John E. Rougeux

What: A defense contracting company based in Massachusetts. Its State College facility is part of the Intelligence and Information Systems division. Even with nearly 100 layoffs in the past two years, it still makes the No. 24 spot in the latest list of top employers in Centre County.

Centre County employees: 260

Previous rank: 15

Contact: 278-2000

25. Brookline

1950 Cliffside Drive, State College

What: Offers physical, occupational and speech therapies administered by licensed and certified staff at five facilities: The Fairways, PineCastle, Windsong, The Inn and The Terrace. The Fairways also provides long-term care, post-hospital care and rehabilitation, with a program of treatment tailored to each person's abilities, condition and personality.

Centre County employees: 250

Previous rank: 28

Contact: 238-3193

26. Supelco Inc.

595 N. Harrison Road, Bellefonte.

Site director: Rod Datt, vice president of administration.

What: A division of Sigma-Aldrich, Supelco manufactures chromatography columns and other related products for analytical scientists.

Centre County employees: 246

Previous rank: 27

Contact: 359-2147

27. Sheetz Inc.

5700 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

CEO: Stan Sheetz Chairman: Steve Sheetz

What: The convenience store chain services areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

Centre County employees: 207

Previous rank: 29

Contact: 800-487-5444

28. (tie) Foxdale Village Corp.

500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College.

Executive director: Bill James

What: Foxdale Village is a Quaker-directed, nonprofit continuing care retirement community

Centre County employees: 200

Previous rank: 31

Contact: 238-3322

28. (tie) Darden Restaurants Inc.

1000 Darden Center Drive, Orlando, Fla.

What: Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Darden operates a network of national restaurant chains throughout the country, including Red Lobster on North Atherton Street and Olive Garden on Waddle Road.

Centre County employees: 200

Previous rank: 38

Contact: 407-245-4000

30. Penns Valley Area School District

4528 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills

Superintendent: Brian Griffith

What: The school district services about 1,802 students within five schools and has a $23 million estimated budget.

Centre County employees: 194

Previous rank: 32

Contact: 422-2000

31. Graymont (Pa.) Inc.

965 E. College Ave., Pleasant Gap, and The Match Factory, Bellefonte

Director of operations: Marc Messenger

What: The Canadian lime and stone manufacturing firm runs a facility in Centre County, in addition to an underground mine, with sales offices in Bellefonte. Graymont is a family owned company “committed to responsibly meeting society’s needs for mineral products.”

Centre County employees: 194

Previous rank: 35

Contact: 355-4761

32. Sound

Technology Inc.

401 Science Park Road, State College

What: The company designs, develops and manufactures diagnostic medical ultrasound transducers with another location in Colorado. Sound Technology is a global leader in the development and manufacture of specialized medical ultrasound probes for original equipment manufacturers.

Centre County employees: 190

Previous rank: N/A

Contact: 234-4377

33. Windy Hill Village

100 Dogwood Drive, Philipsburg

The senior living community is part of the larger, nonprofit organization Presbyterian Senior Living.

Centre County employees: 185

Previous rank: 33

Contact: 342-6069

34. Lowe’s Cos. Inc.

104 Valley Vista Drive, State College

What: Lowe’s is a retail chain selling home improvement goods and appliances.

Centre County employees: 180

Previous rank: 40

Contact: 321-9130

35. Skills of Central Pa. Inc.

341 Science Park Road, State College

President/CEO:David “Mike” Rice

What:Provides residential, vocational, rehabilitative and social services to people with disabilities.

Centre County employees:177

Previous rank:N/A


36. State College Borough

243 S. Allen St., State College.

Manager: Thomas Fountaine Mayor: Elizabeth Goreham.

What: The borough oversees local government services with a 2013 budget of $46.6 million.

Centre County employees: 175

Previous rank: 36

Contact: 234-7100

37. (ti e) Hilex Poly Co . LLC

606 Old Curtin Road, Milesburg

What:The packing solution company is the industry’s largest plastic bag and film production manufacturer for companies such as Walmart, Weis and Dollar General.

Centre County employees:168 total. Of the total, 166 are full-time and two are part-time.

Previous rank:38


37. (tie) Hershey Medical Center

What:Penn State Hershey Medical Group operates practices in the State College area as part of the University Park Regional Campus of the Penn State College of Medicine.

Centre County employees:168

Previous rank:N/A


39. Centre Area Transportation Authority

2081 W. Whitehall Road, State College

What: Provides mass transit in Centre County, including bus service, van pools and ride sharing.

Centre County employees:156

Previous rank: N/A

Contact: 238-2282

40. McLanahan Drug Store Management Co.

What: Operates McLanahan’s Penn State Room and McLanahan’s Downtown Market in State College.

Centre County employees: 150

Previous rank: N/A

Contact: 238-2252

This list was compiled by Centre Daily Times staff writer Britney Milazzo with information from the respective companies, and the state Department of Labor and Industry in early 2013.

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