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The Portland Metropolitan Area has 41 companies with at least 1,500 employees

Rank Company Employees Type of Business
01 Intel Corporation 15,000 Chip maker
02 Fred Meyer Stores 13,325 Retail merchandising
03 Providence Health System 12,800 Health care & insurance
04 Oregon Health & Science University 10,100 Hospital & school
05 Legacy Health System 7,158 Nonprofit health care
06 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan NW 7,093 Healthcare
07 Safeway, Inc. (Portland division) 6,000 Retail groceries
08 U.S. Bank 4,242 Financial institution
09 Meier & Frank 3,500 Apparel & accessories
10 United Parcel Service 3,100 Parcel delivery
11 McDonald's Corporation 3,000 Restaurant
12 Freightliner LLC 2,878 Diesel trucks
13 Qwest Communications Int'l, Inc. 2,858 Telecommunications
14 Nike, Inc. 2,850 Athletic footwear & apparel
15 SW Washington Medical Center 2,800 Medical center
16 Portland General Electric 2,787 Electric energy service
17 Wells Fargo 2,588 Commercial banking
18 Albertsons Food Centers 2,500 Retail grocery
19 Bonneville Power Administration 2,500 Utility
20 Regence BlueCross BlueShield of OR 2,105 HMO, insurance
21 Portland Trail Blazers/Oregon Arena Corp. 2,000 NBA franchise, operates the Rose Garden
22 Shari's Management Corp. 2,000 Restaurant chain
23 Tektronix Inc. 2,000 Test and measurement products
24 Hewlett-Packard Co. (Vancouver site) 1,900 Inkjet printers
25 Adventist Medical Center 1,825 Healthcare
26 Horizon Air 1,800 Airline
27 Home Depot 1,700 Home improvement
28 Nordstrom, Inc. 1,700 Clothing & accessories
29 SHE America, Inc. 1,700 Silicon wafers
30 Standard Insurance Co. 1,660 Insurance
31 Rite Aid Corp. 1,600 Drug store
32 Wacker Siltronic Corp. 1,600 Silicon wafers
33 Bank of America 1,594 Commercial banking
34 Georgia-Pacific 1,550 Paper products, packaging
35 Precision Castparts Corp. 1,545 Aerospace defense
36 The Holland, Inc. 1,500 Fast food
37 Xerox Office Printing Business 1,500 Network printers
38 IBM 1,500 Computers
39 Maxim Integrated Products Inc. 1,500 Silicon circuits
40 McMenamins Pubs & Breweries 1,500 Microbreweries, pubs, theaters
41 Spirit Mountain Casino 1,500 Casino


Source: The Portland Business Journal 2003 Book of Lists