Central Vermont

Largest Employers

Although less than a handful exceed the customary definitions of small businesses, Central Vermont's 25 largest employers provide one-fourth of the region's employment. The list is peppered with government, health care, education providers, and insurance companies.

The mix of public and private employers provides a relatively stable block of local employment.

The primary markets for the products of 11 of these largest employers are outside the state of Vermont. They generate wealth by bringing revenues from beyond the state's borders to provide employment here. Rock of Ages, Ben & Jerry's, colleges and ski areas trade in international markets.

National Life, Capital City Press and Vermont Mutual Insurance market throughout the country.

While government services and health care do not generate wealth for the state, they do import and retain regional revenues. Taxes from throughout Vermont provide state employment centered in Montpelier and Waterbury. The same is true of Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance premiums and Central Vermont Medical Center, Washington Co. Mental Health, located in Berlin.

Health care facilities retain the community's wealth by providing services that would be purchased elsewhere if they were not available in the region.

The need for education as well as health care will increase in the years ahead, and therefore both public and private educational institutions are likely to continue to provide substantial employment.

Vermont Castings, Ben & Jerry's, and Cabot Cooperative Creamery as well as the ski areas and colleges market Vermont as well as their individual products.

As can be readily seen from the list of major employers, the region's employment is not put at risk during turmoil in any one industry. The diversity of products, services and companies provides protection against significant loss of employment in this group of large employers.

1,000+ Employees


June, 2008
Central Vermont Medical Center

500-1,000 Employees


June, 2008
National Life Group
Washington Co. Mental Health
Cabot Cooperative Creamery
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

250-500 Employees


June, 2008
Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Norwich University
Community College of Vermont
Pike Industries

100-250 Employees

American Flatbread Co.
Bond Auto Parts
Distributed Energy Systems
EF Wall and Associates
HP Hood
New England Culinary Institute
Northfield Savings Bank
Rock of Ages Corporation
Sugarbush Resort
Summit Ventures
Suss Microtec
The Times Argus
Union Institute & University
Vermont Mutual Insurance Group
Vermont State Employees Credit Union

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