1. PENN STATE
President: Rodney Erickson
What it does: 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
2. MOUNT NITTANY HEALTH
1800 E. Park Ave., State College
President/CEO: Steve Brown
What it does: 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
3. STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
131 W. Nittany Ave., State College
Superintendent: Bob O’Donnell
What it does: 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
4. STATE GOVERNMENT
Governor: Tom Corbett
What it does: 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
5. COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Commissioners: Steve Dershem, Chris Exarchos and Michael Pipe
What it does: 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
6. GLENN O. HAWBAKER INC.
1952 Waddle Road, State College
President: Dan Hawbaker
What it does: 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
7. WAL-MART ASSOCIATES INC.
What it does: 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
8. THE MEADOWS/UNIVERSAL COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
132 The Meadows Drive, Centre Hall
CEO: Thomas Kenny
What it does: 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
9. WEIS MARKETS INC.
1000 S. Second St., Sunbury
President/CEO: David Hepfinger
What it does: 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
10. GEISINGER MEDICAL GROUP
Regional medical director: Dr. Raymond Nungesser.
What it does: A branch of Danville-based Geisinger Health System, which serves central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
Centre County employees: 519
Previous rank: 13
11. HRI INC.
750 W. College Ave., State College
President/CEO: John R. Kulka
What it does: 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
12. WEGMANS FOOD MARKETS INC.
345 Colonnade Blvd., State College.
Manager: Todd Strassner Jr.
What it does: 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
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
14. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
President: Barack Obama.
What it does: 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 it does: 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
16. MINITAB INC.
1829 Pine Hall Road, State College
President/CEO: Barbara Ryan
What it does: Creates data analysis software for businesses and educational statistics software for schools.
Centre County employees: 325
Previous rank: 24
17. SHANER OPERATING CORP.
1965 Waddle Road, State College
Chairman: Lance Shaner
What: With more than 2,500 total 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
18. ACCUWEATHER INC.
385 Science Park Road, State College
Founder/president: Joel N. Myers
CEO: Barry Lee Myers
What it does: A national weather company that provides weather forecasting services for more than 175,000 clients worldwide.
Centre County employees: 317
Previous rank: 19
19. RESTEK CORP.
110 Benner Circle, Bellefonte
President: Bryan Wolcott
What it does: 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
20. MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS OF PENNSYLVANIA INC.
Department head: Jason Saylor
What it does: 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
21. BALD EAGLE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
751 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate
Superintendent: Jeff Miles
What it does: 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
22. GIANT FOOD STORES LLC
Leader: David Javitch
What it does: 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
23. HOTEL STATE COLLEGE & CO.
100 W. College Ave., State College
Owner: Mike Desmond
What it does: 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
24. RAYTHEON CO.
300 Science Park Road, State College
Site executive: John E. Rougeux
What it does: 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
1950 Cliffside Drive, State College
What it does: 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
26. SUPELCO INC.
595 N. Harrison Road, Bellefonte.
Site director: Rod Datt, vice president of administration.
What it does: A division of Sigma-Aldrich, Supelco manufactures chromatography columns and other related products for analytical scientists.
Centre County employees: 246
Previous rank: 27
27. SHEETZ INC.
5700 Sixth Ave., Altoona.
CEO: Stan Sheetz
Chairman: Steve Sheetz
What it does: The convenience store chain services areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.
Centre County employees: 207
Previous rank: 29
28. (TIE) FOXDALE VILLAGE CORP.
500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College.
Executive director: Bill James
What it does: Foxdale Village is a Quaker-directed, nonprofit continuing care retirement community
Centre County employees: 200
Previous rank: 31
28. (TIE) DARDEN RESTAURANTS INC.
1000 Darden Center Drive, Orlando, Fla.
What it does: 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
30. PENNS VALLEY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
4528 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills
Superintendent: Brian Griffith
What it does: 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
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.