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Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Appleton's Top 60 Employers

Recently I was using the Dunn and Bradstreet Million Dollar Database (actually, it doesn't cost nearly that much) to look up some info for some of our clients at Innovationedge, and thought I'd peek at some results for Appleton as well. For companies with Appleton addresses, here are the top 60 employers from the database. It is not quite up to date, especially after some of the layoffs in the past year as well as other changes, but it does give you a good feel for major companies in Appleton. Not all of the large ones are headquartered here. For example, West Corp. has headquarters in Omaha. The number after each company, of course, is the estimated number of employees in the D&B database.

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1. Thedacare, 4,000
2. Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp., 3,100
3. Pierce Manufacturing Inc. (now a division of Oshkosh Truck), 1,800
4. Thrivent Financial, 1,731
5. Appleton Papers Inc. (Appleton), 1,425
6. Miller Electric Mfg Co., 1,400
7. Appleton Medical Center Inc., 1,230
8. St Elizabeth Hospital Inc., 1,007
9. West Corp., 1,000
10. McCain USA Inc., 800
11. SMTC Manufacturing Corp of WI, 700
12. County of Outagamie, 650
13. Reynolds Consumer Products Inc., 600
14. Fox Valley Technical College, 575
15. Jansport Inc., 550
16. Valley Packaging Industries, 500
17. Affinity Health System, 500
18. Young Men's Christian Assn., 435
19. Secura Insurance, A Mutual Co., 413
20. YMCA of The Fox Cities, 400
21. Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, 400
22. Lawrence University of WI, 373
23. Franciscan Care & Rehab., 307
24. Big Ten Ribs Inc., 300
25. Valley Packaging Industries, 290
26. Touchpoint Health Plan, 250
27. Brewster Village, 250
28. Voith Paper Inc., 220
29. Pacon Corp., 215
30. Great Northern Corp., 212
31. S C Schenck, 205
32. Stumpf Motor Co Inc., 160
33. Les Stumpf Ford Inc., 150
34. Victoria's Appleton Inc., 150
35. Fox Cities Performing Arts Ctr., 150
36. Sabee Products Inc., 000 150
37. Bergstrom Chevrolet Olds, 138
38. Surface Mount Technology Corp. (SMTC again?), 135
39. August Winter & Sons Inc., 125
40. Suburban Electrical Engineers, 125
41. Plexus Npi, 125
42. Creative Group Inc., 120
43. Fireline Sprinkler Corp., 118
44. Applied Industrial Techs, 117
45. Community Blood Center Inc., 117
46. Peabody Manor, 112
47. Paul J Hoffman Corp, 108
48. Thrivent Financial Bank, 105
49. CMD Corp., 100
50. Progressive Converting Inc., 100
51. City of Appleton, 100
52. Appleton Operating LLC, 100
53. Good Co Ltd., 100
54. United Van Lines Agent, 100
55. Darboy Club Inc., 100
56. Hand & Upper Extremity Center, 100
57. Consolidated Construction Co.,100
58. Poyry LLC, 95
59. Integrity Mutual Insurance Co., 91
60. Theda Care Physicians, 90
D&B is pretty good, but City of Appleton, 100? No way. Last I heard the City has about 600 (though fewer than it used to). The public library alone has 100 (about 51 FTE).

But an interesting list -- thanks!
FYI Franciscan Care & Rehabilitation Center is now Appelton Health Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Im looking to move to Appleton. As far as major employers what is out there?
Isn't Neenah Paper a large employer
Neenah Paper has around 1000 employees, I've read, but they are located outside of Appleton so they don't make the list. There are some other very large companies in Neenah like Kimberly-Clark with several thousand employees, many of whom live in Appleton. Remember, this is about companies located in Appleton.
Neenah Paper does have a mill in Appleton. The one with the smoke stack that says Fox River Paper Co on it. It is located in the flats. You can see it to your right on S. Oneida St. just before you get into downtown.
How does Jansport and Pacon make it but not School Specialty.
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