PARKERSBURG - A number of local businesses and organizations are again on West Virginia's 100 Largest Private Employers for 2013, the annual ranking by Workforce West Virginia.
The list contains businesses with both single and multiple locations and ranks companies according to the number of employees. The data is extracted from the Quarterly Contributions Report for the first quarter of each year and are available to the public by the third quarter of each year.
West Virginia's top five largest private employers are retail giant Wal-Mart, West Virginia United Health System, Charleston Area Medical Center, Kroger and Consolidated Coal Co., unchanged from last year.
Wal-Mart has remained the state's top private employer since 1998.
DuPont raised a spot to 15, making it the largest local private employer on the list while Camden Clark Medical Center dropped one spot to 16.
Wal-Mart and Kroger have stores throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, which contributed to the two companies' overall ranking in the state. United National Bank, which is based in Parkersburg, was 49th on the list. Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood was 53rd on the list. Simonton Windows in Ritchie County ranked 58th on the list. Highmark West Virginia Inc., which is headquartered in Parkersburg, came in 59th on the list. Manpower Temporary Services, which has an office in Parkersburg, came in 97th.
The DuPont Washington Works celebrated its 65th anniversary this year.
Combined with the Belle, W.Va., plant, DuPont has more than 2,200 employees in West Virginia and an annual payroll exceeding $151 million.
The company also has facilities in Ohio, including a site in Little Hocking that employs another 70 people, company officials said. Combined, property taxes paid in Wood and Kanawha Counties exceeded $6 million last year.
The company produces products that serve automotive, industrial and consumer goods customers throughout the world.
The Washington Works site achieved its best ever safety record achieving more than 5 million exposure hours over a two-year period without a lost time injury, company officials said.
"We are continuously seeking opportunities to do what we do safer, smarter and with greater efficiency," Plant Manager Karl Boelter said. "With ever-changing technology and growth, what remains consistent is the resolve our employees show in their ability to adapt and respond to the various needs. The upcoming year will continue to present challenge and change. We're ready to meet it head-on."
Camden Clark employs 2,100 people with an annual salary and benefit budget of $100 million, said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for the medical center.
"Being recognized as one of the largest employers in the state really is a testimony to both the quality of Camden Clark Medical Center's health care services and to the community we serve. Camden Clark is a great place to work and the Mid-Ohio Valley is a great place to live,'' he said. ''Thus, we're able to attract a large number of professionals representing a wide range of skills."
Camden Clark takes pride in both the health care and economic impact on the region, he said.
"When it comes to health care, 'bigger' really can be better," Brunicardi said.
The Top 100 Private Employers was prepared from information provided by employers covered under the unemployment compensation insurance system through the federal/state Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program conducted in West Virginia by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Research, Information and Analysis Division of WorkForce West Virginia.