Top 10 private employers in Howard County

March 23, 2003

Arbitron Inc. (700 Columbia workers)

A company with New York headquarters that measures network and local market radio audiences across the United States, surveying the retail, media and product patterns of local market consumers. Its research and technology base is in Columbia. (

Columbia Association (1,300 Columbia workers)

Private, nonprofit corporation offers cultural, recreational and community service programs and facilities for people who live and work in Columbia. It owns and maintains more than 3,100 acres of open space. (www.

Giant Food Inc. (1,000 Jessup workers)

Jessup facility handles frozen food, recycling and dry grocery goods. The company, a subsidiary of Royal Ahold NV, serves the Baltimore/Washington area and in the Delaware Valley regions of New Jersey and Delaware. (

Howard County General Hospital (1,300 Columbia workers)

The county's only full-service acute-care hospital, the 187-bed facility is part of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The hospital recently completed significant expansions of emergency, labor and delivery, and neonatal intensive care services. (

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (3,300 S. Howard workers)

A research and development division of the Johns Hopkins University, the lab supports the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies through applied research and technical development. Its employees include engineers and scientists in a wide range of disciplines. (www.

Magellan Health Services (974 Columbia workers)

Magellan is the country's leading behavioral managed care organization, with about 68 million covered lives. Its customers include health plans, government agencies, unions and corporations. (www.magellan

Maxim Healthcare Services (750 Columbia workers)

Provides health care services, including home care, supplemental staffing and wellness services. Maxim is in most major cities across the nation and employs more than 15,000 caregivers. (

The Rouse Co. (700 Columbia workers)

With headquarters in Columbia, which it founded, the Rouse Co. owns and operates office and industrial buildings and large-scale community developments across the United States through its subsidiaries and affiliates. (www.therousecom

SYSCO Food Services of Baltimore (800 Jessup workers)

A major wholesaler of produce, processed food and food service supplies with annual sales approaching $500 million. Its inventory consists of more than 15,000 products. (www.

W.R.Grace & Co. (800 Columbia workers)

Grace is a specialty chemicals manufacturer. One of its two principal subsidiaries, Davison Chemicals, has its headquarters and research facilities in Columbia. (

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