Asheville has a diverse and vibrant business community located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains has lead to a consistent population growth as many baby boomers entering their retirement years make the decision that Asheville is where they want to live out their golden years. With a growing population and consistent award winning national exposure as a top outdoor tourist destination – the employment sector is driven by vertical industries that help support such growth. According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce report (EDC-FS-MajorEmployers-10-16_0.pdf) here are the largest employers in Asheville for 2016.

Asheville’s Largest Employers

3,000+ Employees

  • Buncombe County Public Schools — Educational Services
  • Mission Health System and Hospital — Hospitals

1,000–2,999 Employees

  • City of Asheville — Executive, Legislative & Other General Government Support
  • The Biltmore Company — Museums, Historical Sites & Similar Institutions
  • Buncombe County — Government Executive, Legislative & Other General Government Support
  • The Omni Grove Park Inn — Accommodation
  • Ingles Markets, Inc. (Home Office Buncombe County) — Food & Beverage Stores
  • Asheville Buncombe Community College (AB-Tech) — Educational Services
  • VA Medical Center Asheville — Department of Veterans Affairs Hospitals

750–999 Employees

  • CarePartners — Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
  • Eaton Corporation – Electrical Division Electrical Equip., Appliance & Component Mfg.
  • YMCA of Western North Carolina — Religious, Grant making, Civic, Professional & Similar Org.

500–749 Employees

  • Asheville City Schools — Educational Services
  • BorgWarner Turbo Systems — Transportation Equip. Mfg.
  • Guthy Renker Fulfillment Services, LLC — Administrative & Support Services
  • MAHEC (Mountain Area Health Education Center) — Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • MB Haynes Corp. (Division Offices) — Construction of Buildings
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. — Machinery Mfg.
  • University of North Carolina Asheville — Educational Services

400–499 Employees

  • Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center — Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
  • Kearfott Corporation — Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Supercenter Store #1317 — General Merchandise Stores

300–399 Employees

  • Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community — Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
  • Duke Energy — Utilities
  • Flint Group — Machinery Mfg.
  • Genova Diagnostics — Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Givens Estates United Methodist Retirement Community — Nursing & Residential Care Facilities
  • HomeTrust Bank Credit — Intermediation & Related Activities
  • McDonald’s Corp., Corporate Office — Food Services & Drinking Places
  • Nypro Asheville — Plastics & Rubber Products Mfg.
  • Plasticard-Locktech International — Plastics & Rubber Products Mfg.
  • GE Aviation — Transportation Equip. Mfg.
  • Taylor & Murphy Construction Company, Inc. — Heavy & Civil Engineering Construction

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