Here are the top 40 employers in Centre County

Penn State is Centre County’s top employer.
Penn State is Centre County’s top employer. Centre Daily Times, file

The following is a list of the top 40 employers in Centre County, compiled from the state Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis. All results are from the first quarter of 2018.

1. Penn State

University Park

President: Eric Barron

What: A public research university with more than 40,000 undergraduates enrolled at its main campus.

Previous rank: 1


2. Mount Nittany Medical Center and health services

1800 E. Park Ave., State College

What: A regional health system that includes Mount Nittany Medical Center, a 260-bed acute care facility, and Mount Nittany Physician Group, a practice with physicians practicing in more than 60 specialties and sub-specialties.

Previous rank: 2


3. State government


Governor: Tom Wolf

What: The state government has a 2018-19 budget of $32.7 billion..

Previous rank: 3


4. State College Area School District

240 Villa Crest Drive, State College

Superintendent: Bob O’Donnell

What: The district serves residents of State College and College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton townships with a 2018-19 budget of about $159 million.

Previous rank: 4


State College Area School District is among the top five employers in Centre County. Centre Daily Times, file

5. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.

1952 Waddle Road, Suite 203, State College

What: An excavation company that operates quarries and asphalt production facilities in Pennsylvania and nearby states.

Previous rank: 5


6. Wal-Mart Associates Inc.

What: An Arkansas-based retail business that manages discount department stores around the world. There are two Walmart stores and one Sam’s Club in Centre County.

Previous rank: 6


7. Weis Markets Inc.

What: A Sunbury-based supermarket chain with locations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. There are five locations in Centre County.

Previous rank: 8


8. Centre County


Commissioners: Steve Dershem, Mark Higgins and Michael Pipe

What: The county runs governmental functions not otherwise taken care of by the state or local governments.

Previous rank: 7


9. Geisinger Clinic

What: A branch of Danville-based Geisinger Health System, which serves central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Geisinger has Centre County offices in Bellefonte, Philipsburg and the State College area.

Previous rank: 9


10. Federal government

Washington, D.C.

President: Donald Trump

What: The federal government has about 55 establishments in Centre County.

Previous rank: 10


11. Bellefonte Area School District

318 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte

Superintendent: Michelle Saylor

What: The district has one high school, one middle school and four elementary schools, and serves residents of Bellefonte and Benner, Marion, Spring and Walker townships. The district has a 2018-19 budget of $51.4 million.

Previous rank: 11


12. AccuWeather Inc.

385 Science Park Road, State College

President/chairman: Joel Myers

What: A national weather company that provides weather forecasting around the world.

Previous rank: 12


13. Shaner Operating Corporation

1965 Waddle Road, State College

President: Plato Ghinos

What: Shaner Corp. comprises hotels, management firms and financial services.

Previous rank: 14


14. Restek Corporation

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.

Previous rank: 16


15. Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

What: A family-owned grocery store chain based in New York with locations in six states. It has a store in the State College area.

Previous rank: 15


16. YMCA of Centre County

125 W. High St., Bellefonte

President/CEO: Scott Mitchell

What: A not-for-profit community-centered organization. There are branches in Bellefonte, State College, Philipsburg and Spring Mills.

Previous rank: 13


17. Raytheon Company

302 Science Park Road, State College

What: A Massachusetts-based defense contracting company. The Centre Region facility is part of the Intelligence and Information Systems division.

Previous rank: 18


18. Bald Eagle Area School District

Based: 751 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate

Superintendent: Jeff Miles

What: A rural school district that serves residents of Boggs, Burnside, Howard, Huston, Snow Shoe, Union and Worth townships, and Howard, Milesburg, Port Matilda, Snow Shoe and Unionville boroughs. There is a combined middle and high school, and four elementary schools. The district’s 2018-19 budget is $33.9 million.

Previous rank: 22


19. FourGSC LLC

What: The company operates McDonald’s locations across the region, including five in Centre County.

Previous rank: 17


20. UHS of Pennsylvania Inc.

What: A subsidiary of King of Prussia-based Universal Health Services Inc., which operates more than 300 inpatient acute care hospitals and behavioral health facilities, and 32 outpatient and other facilities in the U.S. and U.K. In Centre County, the company runs The Meadows, a behavioral health facility in Centre Hall.

Previous rank: 20


21. Centre Crest

502 E. Howard St., Bellefonte

Board president: Betsy Boyer

What: Provides medical care and services through a resident-centered care approach for those in need of recovery after a hospital stay, sudden illness, injury and more.

Previous rank: 22


22. Aveanna Healthcare LLC

1631 S. Atherton St., Suite 201, State College

What: Atlanta-based Aveanna is the nation’s largest provider of pediatric home care. The company has a State College location.

Previous rank: N/A


23. Giant Food Stores LLC

What: The Carlisle-based grocery chain operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. It’s partners with the Martin’s supermarket chain. Giant has two locations in the Centre Region.

Previous rank: 26


24. Sheetz Inc.

What: A gas and convenience store chain that operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. There are 10 Sheetz stores in Centre County.

Previous rank: 25


Sheetz ranks No. 24 on Centre County’s list of top employers. Its Pugh Street location in downtown State College is one of 10 in the county. Centre Daily Times, file

25. HRI Inc.

1750 W. College Ave., State College

What: The construction company was founded in State College in 1947. Now part of Colas Inc., the company’s operations include paving, water, sewer, airport, highway and bridge projects as well as several hot-mix asphalt and emulsion plants.

Previous rank: 29


26. Hotel State College & Company Inc.

100 W. College Ave., State College

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

Previous rank: 37


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Allen Street Grill is run by Hotel State College, which ranks No. 37 on the list of top employers in Centre County. Abby Drey Centre Daily Times, file

27. The HR Office Inc.

2437 Commercial Blvd., Suite 1, State College

What: A company that provides employment and HR consulting services.

Previous rank: 35


28. Foxdale Village Corporation

500 E. Marylyn Ave., State College

What: A Quaker-directed, nonprofit continuing care retirement community.

Previous rank: 24


29. Penns Valley Area School District

4528 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills

Superintendent: Brian Griffith

What: A rural school district that serves residents of Centre Hall and Millheim and Gregg, Penn, Haines, Miles and Potter townships. The district has one combined middle and high school, and three elementary schools. The district’s 2018-19 budget is $28.2 million.

Previous rank: 23


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Penns Valley Area School District ranks No. 29 on the list of Centre County’s top employers. Abby Drey adrey@centredaily.com

30. Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

1850 E. Park Ave., Suite 207, State College

What: Operates practices in the State College area as part of the University Park Regional Campus of the Penn State College of Medicine.

Previous rank: 27


31. Central Pennsylvania Homecare LLC

2100 E. College Ave., Suite B, State College

What: Operating as Home Instead Senior Care, the business is part of a network that delivers in-home care to seniors, including meals and nutrition, household duties, transportation, companionship and personal care.

Previous rank: 31


32. G.M. McCrossin Inc.

2780 Benner Pike, Bellefonte

What: A full-service construction firm that serves clients in the Mid-Atlantic.

Previous rank: N/A


33. Borough of State College

243 S. Allen St., State College

Manager: Tom Fountaine

Mayor: Don Hahn

What: The borough oversees local government services.

Previous rank: 30


34. 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.

Previous rank: N/A


A CATA bus moves through downtown Bellefonte in front of the Centre County Courthouse in 2015. CATA is one of the top employers in the county. Centre Daily Times, file

35. The Coca-Cola Company

217 Aquapenn Drive, Howard

What: A distribution center for the larger carbonated soft drink producer headquartered in Atlanta.

Previous rank: 34


36. HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehab

550 W. College Ave., Pleasant Gap

What: Now known as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, the facility provides comprehensive rehabilitation services for recovery after stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and more.

Previous rank: 28


37. Skills of Central PA Inc.

341 Science Park Road, State College

What: A private, nonprofit organization that creates opportunities and provides support for people who need specialized services.

Previous rank: 33



331 Innovation Blvd., Suite 400, State College

What: A national provider of student financial aid services with a corporate office at Innovation Park.

Previous rank: 39


39. MilliporeSigma

595 N. Harrison Road, Bellefonte

What: Manufactures chromatography columns and other related products for analytical scientists.

Previous rank: 32


40. Target Corporation

What: An upscale discount retailer with 1,850 stores in the U.S., including two in the State College area.

Previous rank: N/A