Local businesses cite lower labor costs, a trained and dedicated workforce and a well-connected transportation system among the many reasons to locate in the Shenandoah Valley. Pro-business state and local government initiatives add to the competitive advantages of doing business in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Shenandoah Valley Labor Market 177,138
Extended Labor Market 390,158
Total Labor Market 567,296




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Top Employers

Ordered by Number of Employees (non government, non retail)

James Madison University
Wal Mart
Sentara RMH Medical Center
Augusta Health
Cargill, Inc.
Lees Carpets (a division of Mohawk Industries, Inc.)
McKee Foods Corporation
Merck & Company, Inc.
Target Distribution
Washington & Lee University
Hershey Chocolate, Inc.
R R Donnelley & Sons
Pilgrim's Pride
Perdue Products, Inc.
Marshalls Distribution
Great Eastern Resort
Tenneco Automotive
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative  
Hollister, Inc.
MillerCoors - Shenandoah Brewery
George's Chicken
IAC Strasburg LLC
Rosetta Stone
Eastern Mennonite University
Sunnyside Presbyterian Home
Riddleberger Brothers Inc.
Mary Baldwin College
Sysco Food Services
Valley Health System
Dynamic Aviation
Howell Metal Company
Ply Gem

Well Connected to International Markets

Interstate, rail and port access have attracted prominent corporations from around the world to do business in the Shenandoah Valley.