Major Employers

For more than 150 years, many companies have found success in Alamance County. The benefits of the Haw River and North Carolina Railroad led to the development of the textile industry starting in 1837 with the leadership of the Holt family, owning 22 cotton mills, which became Burlington Industries. Now more than 5,000 businesses and approximately 300 diverse industries in manufacturing, services, and distribution call Alamance County home. The prevailing, growing, and accessible location in North Carolina and the eastern United States makes Alamance County a community of choice.

If you are interested in relocating or expanding your company here, you can communicate with the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic development effort for assistance.

Major Employers
Alamance County Major Employers
Rank Company City Location Type Employees
1 Alamance-Burlington School System Burlington HQ 3,329
2 Laboratory Corp of America Burlington HQ 2,500
3 Alamance Regional Medical Center Burlington HQ 2,240
4. Elon University Elon Main Campus 1,403
5 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (3 Locations) Burlington Branch 1,000
6 Alamance County Government Graham HQ 956
9 City of Burlington Burlington HQ 806
7 GKN Driveline North America Mebane HQ 800
8 Honda Power Equipment Mfg Swepsonville Branch 750
10 Alamance Community College Graham HQ 652
11 Glen Raven Inc. Glen Raven Branch 500
12 Kayser-Roth Corp Burlington Branch 465
13 Meadwestvaco Healthcare Packaging Mebane HQ 400
14 AKG of America Inc. Mebane Single Location 350
15 Kernodle Clinic Inc. Burlington HQ 325
16 Engineered Controls International Elon HQ 320
17 General Electric Co Mebane Branch 315
18 Sports Endeavors Inc Mebane Branch 311
19 Liggett Group LLC Mebane HQ 299
20 Twin Lakes Community Burlington HQ 291
21 American Multimedia Inc. Burlington HQ 250
22 Nypro Mebane Branch 250
23 ITG Burlington Division 250
24 ARMACELL LLC Mebane HQ 250
25 Carolina Hosiery Mills, Inc. Burlington HQ 240

Major Employers, Printable List


Alamance Area Major Employers
Rank Company County Employment Specialization
1 State of North Carolina Multiple 36,725 Government
2 Duke University & Medical Center Durham 29,000 University & Health Care
3 Wake County Public School System Wake 17,572 Education
4 University of North Carolina Orange 15,588 University
5 Wake Forest University/Baptist Medical Center* Forsyth 14,000 University & Health Care
6 International Business Machine (IBM) Durham 10,000 Computer/Digital Switching Equip.
7 Wal-Mart Multiple 9,700 Retail
8 Novant Health Inc. Forsyth 9,378 Health Care
9 North Carolina State University Wake 7,730 University
10 Moses Cone Health System Guilford 7,400 Health Care

Alamance Area consists of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham & Wake counties.

Source: D&B Selectory, local & regional economic development, company publications & interviews
Updated: May 2014