Organizations, jobs that help county grow

March 21, 2004

Arbitron Inc. (800 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. (www.arbitron.com)

Ascend One (800 Columbia workers)

Ascend One Corp. is the parent company of Amerix Corp., the nation's leading technology and service provider to the debt-management industry. Ascend One provides an umbrella of diverse services that benefits and helps consumers save money and get out of debt. (www.amerix.com)

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. columbiaassociation.com)

Giant Food Inc. (2,113 Jessup workers)

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

Howard County General Hospital (1,630 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. (www.hcgh.org)

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (3,300 south 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.jhuapl.edu)

Neighbor Care Inc. (755 Annapolis Junction workers)

Neighbor Care, which has a distribution center in Annapolis Junction, is one of the largest providers of pharmacy services to the long-term-care marketplace. (www.neighborcare.com)

SYSCO Food Services of Baltimore (760 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. sysco.ai)

Verizon Wireless (750 Laurel workers)

Verizon is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company, with the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 37.5 million customers, has its customer service headquarters in Laurel. (www.verizonwireless.com)

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. (www.grace.com)

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