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Business Lists

Howard County is home to thousands of businesses of all sizes, from corporate headquarters to start-ups where the dining room table serves as the desk and conference table. When we say that we are here to help businesses start, grow and relocate, we mean it.

See what companys are New or Expanding in Howard County!

Major Employers

Rank  Company Name Employees Line of Business Primary Industry
1 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 5,000 R&D systems engineering Professional services
2 Verizon Wireless 2,028 Telecommunications Information
3 Lorien Health Systems 2,000 Nursing care Health care
4 Howard County General Hospital 1,777 Medical services Health care
5 Howard Community College 1,294 Higher education Educational services
6 SAIC 1,060 Engineering services Professional services
7 Giant Food 1,050 Groceries  Retail trade
8 Columbia Association, The 900 Nonprofit civic organization Other services
9 Wells Fargo  842 Securities administration Finance and insurance
10 MICROS Systems 815  HQ / software development Professional services
11 Coastal Sunbelt Produce 800 Produce processing Manufacturing
12 Neilson 767 Media information Professional services
13 Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream  735 Frozen desserts Manufacturing
14 Wegmans Food Markets 700 Groceries Retail trade
15 Maxim Healthcare Services 675 Medical staffing & wellness services Administrative services
16 Sysco Food Services 650 Food Products Distribution

Wholesale trade

17 Northrop Grumman 525 Engineering services Professional services
18 Ascend One 511 HQ / consumer debt management counseling Finance and insurance
19 Enterprise Community Partners 505 HQ / community development Other services
20 Target 500 Consumer goods Retail trade
21 W. R. Grace & Co. 500 HQ / chemical R&D Professional services
22 Walmart 500 Consumer goods Retail trade
23 Humanim 458 Care & services for persons with disabilities Health care
24 McDonald's 450 Restaurants Accommodation and food services
25 C.A. Lindman 400 Structural restoration Construction
26 Home Depot 400 Home improvement products Retail trade
27 Merkle 400 Database marketing Professional services
  Quality Software Services (QSSI) 400 Solutions Provider IT
28 Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center 380 Golf resort, conference center & spa Arts, entertainment and recreation
29 Magellan Health Services 375 Behavioral health care management Health care
30 NeighborCare 350 Pharmacy services / delivering medical supplies & equipment Wholesale trade
31 Safeway 350 Groceries Retail trade
32 Carmax 340 Used car dealers Retail trade
33 Honeywell Technology Solutions 325 Aerospace technical services Professional services
34 Motorola 325 Telecommunications Information
35 Republic National Distributing Company 320 Beverage Wholesaler Distribution
36 Baltimore Washington Auto Exchange 308 Motor vehicle auction  Wholesale trade
37 Class Produce Group 301 Produce processing Manufacturing
38 Sandy Spring Bank 300 Banking Professional services
39 Sourcefire 300 Network Secutity/ Information Management Software/IT

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Note: Excludes post offices, state and local governments; includes public higher education institutions.

Technology

Rank Company Name Employees Line of Business Primary Industry
1 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 4,700 Commercial physical research, nsk Scientific Research & Development Services
2 Verizon Communications, Inc. 2,028 Telephone communication, except radio Telecommunications Resellers
3 Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) 1,060 Computer integrated systems design, nsk Information Technology Services
4 MICROS Systems, Inc. 815 Computer integrated systems design, nsk Information Technology Services
5 Arbitron Inc. 767 Commercial nonphysical research Market Research & Polling Services
6 Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation 525 Computer integrated systems design, nsk Information Technology Services
7 Merkle Group Inc. 400 Direct mail advertising services, nsk Direct Marketing Services
8 Nco Financial Systems, Inc 350 Management consulting services Consulting Services
9 Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. 325 Communication services, nec, nsk Aircraft Maintenance & Repair
10 Sourcefire, Inc. 300 Data processing and preparation Security Software
11 Deloitte & Touche L.L.P. 284 Accounting, auditing, and bookkeeping Accounting Services
12 Nextconstruct, Inc. 215 Custom computer programming services, nsk Information Technology Services
13 Adams and Associates, Inc. 200 Business consulting, nec, nsk Consulting Services
14 Cellco Partnership 200 Radiotelephone communication, nsk Messaging Services Providers
15 County of Howard 185 Libraries, nsk Information Collection & Delivery
16 Evi Technology LLC 180 Engineering services, nsk Engineering Services
17 Scientific & Engineering Solutions 180 Computer related services, nec, nsk Information Technology Services
18 Impact Innovations Group, LLC 170 Computer related services, nec, nsk Information Technology Services
19 Ancile Solutions, Inc. 150 Prepackaged software Computer Software
20 GP Strategies Corporation 150 Management consulting services Consulting Services
21 The Fountainhead Title Group Corp 150 Title abstract offices, nsk Real Estate
22 Gea Process Engineering Inc. 147 Engineering services, nsk Engineering Services
23 Computer Sciences Corporation 145 Computer facilities management Information Technology Services
24 Raytheon Henggeler Consulting, Inc. 145 Custom computer programming services, nsk Information Technology Services

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Manufacturing and Distribution 

Rank Company Employees Line of Business Primary Industry
1 Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream Company 735 Ice cream and frozen desserts, nsk Dairy Products Manufacturing 
2 Northrop Grumman Corporation 525 Aircraft parts and equipment, nec, nsk Aerospace Products & Parts Manufacturing
3 W. R. Grace & Co. 500 Industrial inorganic chemicals, nec Industrial Chemical Manufacturing
4 Motorola Solutions, Inc. 325 Radio and t.v. communications equipment, Wireless Telephone Handset Manufacturing
5 Elite Spice, Inc. 290 Food preparations, nec, nsk Flavoring, Spice & Other Ingredient Manufacturing
6 SPECTRUM CONTROL, INC. 263 Electronic coils and transformers Electronic Component Manufacturing
7 Smith & Nephew, Inc. 250 Surgical appliances and supplies, nsk Medical Equipment & Supplies Manufacturing
8 Bowles Fluidics Corporation 247 Motor vehicle parts and accessories Automobile Parts Manufacturing
9 Tate Global Corporation 237 Concrete products, nec Cement & Concrete Product Manufacturing
10 Eaton Corporation 217 Relays and industrial controls, nsk Industrial Control Products Manufacturing
11 Datex-Ohmeda Inc 200 Surgical and medical instruments Medical Equipment & Supplies Manufacturing
12 Simplexgrinnell LP 200 Communications equipment, nec, nsk Security & Monitoring Equipment Manufacturing
13 Exelis Inc. 178 Process control instruments Electronic Inspection & Monitoring Instruments Manufacturing
14 Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. 170 Professional equipment, nec, nsk Scientific & Technical Instruments Manufacturing
15 Genlyte Thomas Group LLC 155 Commercial lighting fixtures, nsk Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
16 Honeywell Inc. 147 Process control instruments Electronic Inspection & Monitoring Instruments Manufacturing
17 C.R.daniels Inc 125 Canvas and related products Textile Manufacturing
18 Idx - Baltimore, Inc. 125 Partitions and fixtures, except wood, nsk Office Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Manufacturing
19 The Coca-Cola Company 112 Bottled and canned soft drinks, nsk Soft Drink Manufacturing
20 Tate Access Floors, Inc. 111 Sheet metalwork, nsk Architectural & Structural Metals Manufacturing
21 Hadco Corporation 107 Printed circuit boards Electronic Connector Manufacturing
22 Actavis, Inc 100 Pharmaceutical preparations Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
23 E & G Classics, Inc 100 Automotive stampings, nsk Automobile Parts Manufacturing
24 Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, Inc. 100 Search and navigation equipment, nsk Search, Detection, Navigation & Guidance System Manufacturing

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Agriculture

Rank Company Name Employees Line of Business Primary Industry
1 Taylor Farms Maryland, Inc.  175 Crop preparation services for market, nsk Farm Support Services
2 Walnut Springs Nursery, Inc. 75  Ornamental nursery products, nsk Nursery & Floriculture Production
3 East Coast Fresh Cuts, Inc. 63  Crop preparation services for market, nsk Farm Support Services
4 Chanceland Farm Inc 25  Animal specialty services Farm Support Services
5 Frisky Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary Inc 24  Hunting, trapping, game propagation Agriculture & Forestry Sector
6 Advanced BioNutrition Corp. 18  Prepared feeds, nec, nsk Livestock & Other Animal Food Manufacturing
7 Kennard Warfield 15  General farms, primarily crop Crop Production
8 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Inc. 15  Hunting, trapping, game propagation Agriculture & Forestry Sector
9 Shamrock Farms 12  Animal specialty services Farm Support Services
10 Happy Retreat Respite Farm 10  Horses and other equines Animal Production
11 State Wide Tree Service 10  Forestry services Agriculture & Forestry Sector
12 Wincopia Farms Inc 10  Ornamental nursery products, nsk Nursery & Floriculture Production
13 South Manor Farm General farms, primarily crop Crop Production
14 Larriland Farm Inc Vegetables and melons, nsk Vegetable and Melon Farming
15 MAPLE LAWN FARMS Dairy farms, nsk Animal Production
16 Maple Lawn Farms Inc Dairy farms, nsk Animal Production
17 McDaniel, John Horses and other equines Animal Production
18 Spring Mill Farm Greenhouse Ornamental nursery products, nsk  Nursery & Floriculture Production
19 Alpha Omega Equine Service Repair services, nec, nsk Farm Support Services
20 Maple Dell Farms Inc General farms, primarily crop Crop Production
21 Silver Medallion Farms Inc General farms, primarily crop Crop Production
22 Brendel Farms, Inc Beef cattle feedlots Cattle Ranching
23 Brickhouse Farm  3 Animal specialty services Farm Support Services
24 Huntington Farms Horses and other equines Animal Production
25 Jay Global MD Enterprise Inc. Fruits and tree nuts, nec, nsk Fruit & Tree Nut Farming

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.