The 100 Largest Companies In North Carolina For 2021

Chris Kolmar
By Chris Kolmar
- Jun. 7, 2021

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If you live in North Carolina and you’re looking for a job, you have come to the right place.

Because, sure, you can google things like ‘biggest companies in North Carolina’ and get a fairly long list of companies with a lot of employees, or perhaps that have the biggest names — but here, we bring you the companies with the most current employees that are actually headquartered in North Carolina.

Below, we’ll give you a complete list of North Carolina’s 100 largest companies, but first, here’s a look at the top 10:

  1. Compass Group
  2. Lowe’s Companies
  3. Bank of America
  4. Honeywell International
  5. Total S.A.
  6. Quintiles Transnational
  7. VF
  8. Hanesbrands
  9. Food Lion
  10. Family Dollar

Compass Group comes in at the top, with more current employees than any other company in the state. We’ll get to specifics in a moment; first, here’s a look at our methodology.

How we identified the biggest companies in North Carolina

Here at Zippia we have developed a database of over 250,000 companies that spans the entire country.

For this report, we looked at the companies headquartered in North Carolina with at least 100 employees. That left us with 1,028 companies.

We then ranked each company from most to least current employees to determine the biggest companies in North Carolina.

As it turns out, Compass Group looks to the be the biggest company in North Carolina clocking in with 595,841 employees.

Now, check out how the 100 biggest companies in North Carolina ranked.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the North Carolina job scene here:

Detailed List Of The 100 Biggest Companies In North Carolina

Rank Company City Employees
1 Compass Group Charlotte 595,841
2 Lowe’s Companies Mooresville 310,000
3 Bank of America Charlotte 204,489
4 Honeywell International Charlotte 131,000
5 Total S.A. Raleigh 104,000
6 Quintiles Transnational Durham 70,001
7 VF Greensboro 69,000
8 Hanesbrands Winston-Salem 67,200
9 Food Lion Salisbury 65,250
10 Family Dollar Charlotte 60,000
11 Lab Burlington 52,000
12 Quintiles IMS Holdings Durham 50,000
13 BBT Winston-Salem 37,000
14 GKN Driveline – Newton Newton 31,000
15 Draka Comteq B.V. Claremont 30,000
16 Harris Teeter Matthews 30,000
17 Duke Energy Charlotte 28,798
18 Nucor Charlotte 25,100
19 Belk Charlotte 25,000
20 National Power Raleigh 22,650
21 Grifols Durham 21,500
22 Jeld-Wen Charlotte 21,100
23 Pharmaceutical Product Development Wilmington 21,000
24 CommScope Hickory 20,000
25 Chiquita Brands Charlotte 20,000
26 Old Dominion Freight Line Thomasville 19,183
27 Ingles Markets Asheville 17,250
28 PRA Health Sciences Raleigh 15,800
29 Sealed Air Charlotte 15,000
30 SAS Institute Cary 13,946
31 The Fresh Market Greensboro 13,000
32 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill 12,800
33 Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem 12,563
34 Vidant Health Greenville 12,224
35 Mission Health Asheville 12,016
36 Universal Furniture International High Point 12,000
37 The Moses H Cone Memorial Hospital Greensboro 11,000
38 Progress Energy Raleigh 11,000
39 Duke University Durham 10,634
40 Hanson Aggregates East Morrisville 10,600
41 Cato Charlotte 10,500
42 Red Hat Raleigh 10,500
43 Bojangles’ Charlotte 10,100
44 Milkco Asheville 10,001
45 Laneventure Conover 10,001
46 Machine Tool Heat Treat Service Raleigh 10,001
47 Boddie-Noell Enterprises Rocky Mount 10,000
48 Alex Lee Hickory 10,000
49 Sonic Automotive Charlotte 9,750
50 BEST Raleigh 9,403
51 ConvaTec Greensboro 9,400
52 Hvm Charlotte 9,300
53 Patheon Durham 9,000
54 Debbie’s Staffing Winston-Salem 9,000
55 Lowes Foods Winston-Salem 9,000
56 BMC Stock Holdings Raleigh 9,000
57 Hillco Kinston 9,000
58 Investors Management Raleigh 9,000
59 Ply Gem Industries Cary 8,975
60 Qorvo Greensboro 8,600
61 Diversey Charlotte 8,600
62 Martin Marietta Raleigh 8,111
63 Hafele America Co. Archdale 8,100
64 Hendrick Automotive Group Charlotte 8,086
65 Curtiss-Wright Charlotte 8,000
66 SSI Schaefer Systems International Charlotte 8,000
67 East Carolina University Greenville 8,000
68 WakeMed Health Hospitals Raleigh 8,000
69 Atrium Health Charlotte 7,750
70 NC Judicial Branch Raleigh 7,500
71 Key Services Winston-Salem 7,500
72 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Charlotte 7,250
73 Cumberland County Hospital System Fayetteville 7,000
74 TransTech Energy Rocky Mount 7,000
75 Variety Wholesalers Henderson 7,000
76 Biomerieux Durham 6,828
77 Vrush Industries High Point 6,500
78 Novozymes North America Franklinton 6,454
79 Cree Durham 6,387
80 UNC Health Chapel Hill 6,250
81 Vectra Cary 6,200
82 SPX Charlotte 6,000
83 WilcoHess Winston-Salem 6,000
84 EnPro Industries Charlotte 6,000
85 SHOE SHOW Concord 6,000
86 House of Raeford Farms Rose Hill 6,000
87 Nash Johnson Sons Farms Rose Hill 6,000
88 State Employees Credit Union Raleigh 5,800
89 Guilford County Schools Greensboro 5,750
90 Renfro Mount Airy 5,500
91 Butterball Garner 5,500
92 UNC REX Healthcare Raleigh 5,500
93 Reynolds American Winston-Salem 5,400
94 Elior North America Charlotte 5,168
95 First Citizens BancShares Raleigh 5,000
96 Rack Room Shoes Charlotte 5,000
97 Sealy Trinity 4,817
98 Blue Cross NC Durham 4,793
99 International Textile Group Greensboro 4,750
100 Mack Trucks Greensboro 4,500

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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