ANN ARBOR, MI — Toyota and the University of Michigan are among the Ann Arbor-area’s largest and most renowned employers.
But the region’s growing number of jobs puts several other industries as high-ranking employers in Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Each year, Ann Arbor SPARK ranks the region’s top employers based on employee workforce size, with high numbers in the educational and health care fields, said Phil Santer, vice president and chief of staff. But over time, those trends change.
“I was looking at the list from 2013 and some of the largest employers in the region at that time included book publishers that we don’t have anymore. That used to be a main industry for the region,” Santer said. “That may have technically counted as manufacturing.”
Others on the list of 31 include the Zingerman’s Family of Businesses, which grew to 700, along with Domino’s, which opened a new innovation space in 2019. Educational and health care providers have been a constant, Santer added.
“I certainly expect there will be additional growth,” Santer said. “Now, there’s a much larger share of professional services. That is included for people working in jobs at the university but also tech startups. There’s been a bigger portion of that.”
Data is compiled through direct connections with companies, lists from Crain’s Detroit Business and other publicly available lists.
Here are the area’s largest employers based on number of employees.
University of Michigan, public university and health system in Ann Arbor with 35,446.
General Motors Milford Proving Grounds, OEM research in Milford, 5,500.
Ann Arbor Public Schools, in Ann Arbor, 2,607.
Toyota Technical Center, in Ann Arbor and Saline, 2,295.
Faurecia North America, automotive component manufacturing in Saline, 1,820.
IHA Health Services Corp., health care system in Ann Arbor, 1,592.
Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, 1,426.
Washtenaw County, government, 1,322.
Thomson Reuters, software/IT in Ann Arbor, 1,155.
Terumo Cardiovascular Group, surgical and medical instruments, cardiovascular in Ann Arbor, 1,100.
Domino’s Pizza headquarters in Ann Arbor, 1,000.
Thai Summit America Corporation, automotive component manufacturing in Howell, 816.
Grupo Antolin Interiors, automotive component manufacturing in Howell, 800.
City of Ann Arbor, government, 700.
IBM Watson Health, data and information in Ann Arbor, 700.
Zingerman’s Family of Businesses, food production in Ann Arbor, 700.
FCA US Proving Grounds, OEM research in Chelsea, 687.
Ford Motor Company – Rawsonville, automotive component manufacturing in Ypsilanti, 680.
Corrigan Oil Company, oil and gas in Brighton, 675.
Citizens Insurance, insurance services in Howell, 650.
Ypsilanti Community Schools, in Ypsilanti, 634.
Howell Public School District, in Howell, 631.
Brighton Area Schools, in Brighton, 627.
Livingston Educational Service Agency, school services agency in Howell, 580.
ProQuest, data and information in Ann Arbor, 570.
Truck Hero, automotive component manufacturing in Ann Arbor, 559.
Tribar Manufacturing, automotive component manufacturing in Howell, 550.
Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, 543.
Eberspächer North America, Inc., automotive component manufacturing in Brighton, 530.
Martinrea Bishop Circle Assembly, automotive component manufacturing in Manchester, 520.
JAC Products Inc., automotive component manufacturing in Saline, 500.
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