Major Employers & Industries
Learn about Orange County's major employers and industries, as well as target markets for future business investment, by reading the Target Markets Study. Additional information is also available below.
Manufacturing has long been an established and successful industry here. Orange County is home to several nationally recognized industry leaders, including Aerojet, Lohmann Specialty Coatings, American Woodmark, RIDGID Products, MPS and Zamma Corporation. Twenty-three manufacturing establishments accounted for payroll in excess of $34.8 million in 2009.
Agricultural production has always played a major role in Orange County. As of 2007, 518 active farms averaged 202 acres and generated a market value over $76.1 million in agricultural products - ranking Orange County as the 7th highest county in field crops sales in Virginia.
In addition to crops, horses, livestock and horticulture, Orange County is one of the state’s top grape producers – primarily by Barboursville Vineyards and Horton Vineyards. Agribusiness retains a primary role promoting innovative, flexible uses of fertile land and optimum growing conditions.
Orange County’s diverse economy spans industrial and service sectors including: construction; retail; health care and social assistance; accommodation and food services; professional, scientific and technical services; real estate; administrative and support; and information services. A healthy tourism industry positively impacts many services and retailers in the county.
Top 10 Private Sector Employers
|American Woodmark Corp.||Cabinet Components||154||1980|
|Battlefield Farms, Inc.||Bedding/Holiday Plants||210||1989|
|Dogwood Village/Orange Nursing Home||Assisted Living/Nursing Home||297||1970|
|Germanna Community College||Higher Education||600||1970|
|Klockner-Intertrans Carrier Co.||Motor Carrier/Distribution||82||1994|
|MPS||Book Publisher & Returns Center||295||1997|
|PBM Products/Perrigo Co.||Infant Formula Distributor||124||1997|
|RIDGID Products||Plumbing/Drain Equipment||135||1976|
|Zamma Corporation||Profile Molding||78||1998|
“In 1996, Virginia and Orange County were selected to consolidate our distribution and fulfillment services after considering sites across the country. Our decision was made because of the progressive economic environment and support from the Commonwealth and Orange County economic development groups, the strong regional business environment, the transportation infrastructure, the high quality of the workforce, and the quality of life for our employees. We continue to realize these benefits as we expand our operations here.
In 2012, Orange County continues to be a great location for business.”
-Michael Shareck, Senior Vice President