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Some companies growing rapidly while others shrink

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - WorkForce West Virginia's annual list of the state's 100 largest private employers shows that while the largest of the large were stable last year, some of the smaller companies on the list grew or shrank dramatically.

The annual list ranks companies according to the number of employees.

The five largest employers maintained the same ranking as in 2011, WorkForce said. The remaining five in the top 10 shifted positions, but none rose or sank by more than two spots.

On down the list, it is a different story.

Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is this year's biggest gainer, jumping from 88th position in 2011 to 60th.

The Homer Laughlin China Co., maker of Fiesta dinnerware, climbed from 81st last year to 56th.

Other big gainers: Marfork Coal. Co. Inc., from 86th to 65th; DirectTV, from 93rd to 74th; Alex Energy Inc. (Intrepid Mining Co.), from 63rd to 48th; and CVS Pharmacy, from 85th to 71st.

West Virginia University Medical Co. (University Health Associates) was the biggest loser on the list, dropping 74 positions, from 20th in 2011 to 94th.

TRG Customer Solutions, a call center operator, dropped 41 spots, from 34th to 75th.

Other big declines: Sears, from 67th to 90th; Manpower of WV, from 64th to 80th; Snowshoe Mountain, from 71st to 87th; and Racing Corp. of West Virginia, from 77th to 93rd.

Overall, WorkForce said nearly half on the top 100 list climbed in rank this year while just over one-third descended. The ranking of 12 employers was unchanged.

Seven employers that weren't on last year's list made it this year: Price Gregory International Inc. debuted at No. 58, AMZN WVCS (Amazon.com) at No. 85, Professional Payroll Concepts Inc. at 87, David Memorial Hospital at 89, Prima Marketing at 92, Home Depot at 95 and Cliffs Logan Coal Co. at 100.

WorkForce prepares the annual list using Quarterly Contribution Report data filed by companies in March. The agency does not provide employment figures for individual companies because of privacy concerns.

The agency did say that this year's 10 largest employers had a total of 1,818 more employees than last year's top 10.

Lists for each year since 1999 are posted online at www.workforcewv.org/lmi/OTHRDATA.cfm.

Contact writer George Hohmann at business@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.


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