1. Intel East Valley employees: 10,100 Local address: 5000 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif. What it does: World’s largest semiconductor company operates two major manufacturing and research complexes in Chandler.
2. Wells Fargo East Valley employees: 7,228 Local address: 100 W. Washington St., Phoenix Headquarters: San Francisco What it does: Financial services. East Valley presence includes community banking and Wells Fargo Financial and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage branches. It also has several operations and processing centers in the East Valley.
3. Banner Health East Valley employees: 7,100 Local address: 1441 N. 12th St., Phoenix Headquarters: Phoenix What it does: East Valley operations include Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert, Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Baywood Heart Hospital, Banner Home Care and Hospice and Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale. It will close Banner Mesa Medical Center and open Banner Gateway Medical Center at Higley Road and U.S. 60 this year.
4. Wal-Mart East Valley employees: 6,200 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Bentonville, Ark. What it does: World’s largest discount retailer.
5. Bashas’ East Valley employees: 5,900 Local address: 22402 S. Basha Road, Chandler Headquarters: Chandler What it does: Supermarket chain includes stores, distribution and warehousing operations.
6. General Dynamics East Valley employees: 5,304 Local address: 8201 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale; Headquarters: Falls Church, Va. What it does: Makes communications equipment for civilian and defense customers in Scottsdale, satellite manufacturing in Gilbert.
7. Scottsdale Healthcare East Valley employees: 4,638 Local address: 7400 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale Headquarters: Scottsdale What it does: Operates two acute care hospitals — Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea. Plans to open its third hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak, this year. Also operates three surgery centers, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and the Scottsdale Clinical Research Institute.
8. Walgreens East Valley employees: 4,425 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Deerfield, Ill. What it does: Drug store chain.
9. Boeing East Valley employees: 4,400 Local address: 5000 E. McDowell Road, Mesa Headquarters: Chicago What it does: Major aerospace and defense contractor. Makes Apache Longbow attack helicopters in Mesa; Apache repair, aircraft modification and structural repair work at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa; and satellite operations in Chandler.
10. Marriott International East Valley employees: 4,360 Local address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Bethesda, Md. What it does: Operates hotels, resorts, extended-stay inns and timeshares. Properties include JW Marriott resorts, Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley and Desert Ridge in northeast Phoenix.
11. Target East Valley employees: 4,095* Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Minneapolis What it does: Retail department store chain with locations throughout the East Valley.
12. Mayo Clinic East Valley employees: 3,800 Local address: 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale Headquarters: Rochester, Minn. What it does: Provides clinical, research and education services through a main clinic in Scottsdale, two research facilities and Mayo Clinic Hospital and an outpatient facility in northeast Phoenix.
13. Salt River Project East Valley employees: 3,500 Local address: 1521 N. Project Drive, Tempe Headquarters: Tempe What it does: Water and electric utility.
14. Kroger Corp. East Valley employees: 3,421 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Cincinnati What it does: In Arizona, owns and operates Fry’s supermarkets.
15. Home Depot East Valley employees: 3,400 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Atlanta What it does: Chain of do-ityourself hardware and home furnishings retail stores.
16. JP Morgan Chase East Valley employees: 3,275 Local office: Multiple locations Headquarters: New York What it does: In addition to branches, major operations include Chase Cardservices in Tempe and Private Client Services in Scottsdale.
17. Safeway East Valley employees: 3,264 Local Address: 2750 S. Priest Drive, Tempe Headquarters: Pleasanton, Calif. What it does: Supermarket chain. Also has distribution warehouse in Tempe.
18. (tie) Countrywide Financial East Valley employees: 3,000 Local address: 2005-2555-2565-2595 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Headquarters: Calabasas, Calif. What it does: Diverse financial services provider, with mortgage banking as its core service. Expanding its Chandler campus.
18. (tie) Freescale Semiconductor East Valley employees: 3,000 Local address: 2100 E. Elliot Road, Tempe; 1300 N. Alma School Road, Chandler Headquarters: Austin, Texas What it does: Semiconductor manufacturing for automotive, consumer and wireless markets.
20. Starwood Hotels & Resorts East Valley employees: 2,875 Local address: Multiple locations Headquarters: White Plains, N.Y. What it does: Owns several well-known hotel brands, including Sheraton and Westin. East Valley sites include the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Gila River Indian Community, the Phoenician and the Westin Kierland Resort.
21. US Airways Group East Valley employees: 2,799 Local address: 111 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe Headquarters: Tempe What it does: Parent company of US Airways. East Valley jobs centered at company’s headquarters and reservations and information technology buildings in east Phoenix. Additional 7,840 workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
22. Bank of America East Valley employees: 2,600 Local address: 201 E. Washington St., Phoenix Headquarters: Charlotte, N.C. What it does: Consumer banking, business banking, private banking and investing, commercial banking and lending, and mortgage banking. Numerous branch offices.
23. Catholic Healthcare West East Valley employees: 2,212 Local address: Multiple locations Headquarters: San Francisco What it does: Provides health care services with 43 hospitals and medical centers in California, Nevada and Arizona — totaling approximately 44,000 employees. The largest nonprofit health care provider in California. Operates Chandler Regional Hospital, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, urgent care centers in Ahwatukee Foothills, Gilbert and Queen Creek, as well as a diagnostic and treatment center in Sun Lakes.
24. Rural Metro Corp, East Valley employees: 2,150* Local address: 9221 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale; 708 W. Baseline Road, Mesa Headquarters: Scottsdale What it does: Provides emergency and nonemergency ambulance transportation, fire protection and other safety-related services in 24 states and 350 communities throughout the country.
25. Federated Department Stores East Valley employees: 2,067 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Cincinnati What it does: Operates Macy’s stores in East Valley malls and Tempe-based credit card operation.
26. Caremark RX East Valley employees: 2,000 Local address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Nashville, Tenn. What it does: Provides pharmaceutical services primarily to health plan sponsors and their participants. Operates a national retail pharmacy network with more than 60,000 participating pharmacies.
27. DHL East Valley employees: 1,747 Local address: 1140 W. Washington St., Tempe Headquarters: Plantation, Fla. What it does: Domestic and international shipper; locally, DHL has customer service call center in Tempe and data information center in north Scottsdale.
28. Verizon Wireless East Valley employees: 1,700 Local address: 6955 W. Morelos Place, Chandler Headquarters: Basking Ridge, N.J. What it does: Wireless communications company. Operates regional headquarters and customer service center in Chandler.
29. American Express East Valley employees: 1,600 Local address: 18850 N. 56th St., Phoenix Headquarters: New York What it does: Global travel, financial and network services provider. The American Express Desert Ridge campus houses a number of businesses, but the primary function is technologies.
30. Microchip Technology East Valley employees: 1,558 Local address: 2355 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler; 1200 S. 52nd St., Tempe Headquarters: Chandler What it does: Produces microcontrollers and analog semiconductors. Has engineering, test and headquarters functions in Chandler and manufacturing and research in Tempe.
31. Auto Nation East Valley employees: 1,522 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. What it does: America’s largest automotive retailer with 10 dealerships in the East Valley.
32. Vanguard Group East Valley employees: 1,505 Local address: 14321 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale Headquarters: Valley Forge, Pa. What it does: Mutual funds services group. Regional operations center in Scottsdale.
33. (tie) Honeywell International East Valley employees: 1,500 Local address: 1300 W. Warner Road, Tempe Headquarters: Morristown, N.J. What it does: Major aerospace and electronics company. In Tempe, makes parts and systems for commercial aircraft, business aviation and defense and space markets.
33. (tie) Dillard’s East Valley employees: 1,500 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Little Rock, Ark. What it does: Department stores in all East Valley malls.
35. Earnhardt Auto Centers East Valley employees: 1,460 Local Address: 1301 N. Arizona Ave, Gilbert Headquarters: Gilbert What it does: Auto retailers with eight East Valley locations including Gilbert Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Apache Junction.
36. UnitedAuto Group East Valley employees: 1,416 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Bloomfield Hills, Mich. What it does: The second largest publicly traded automotive retailer in the United States as measured by total revenue. United has 20 brands in several dealerships in Scottsdale, Chandler and Tempe.
37. Medtronic East Valley employees: 1,400 Local address: 2343 W. Medtronic Way, Tempe Headquarters: Minneapolis What it does: Makes medical devices such as pacemakers.
38. Lowe’s East Valley employees: 1,370 Local Address: Multiple locations Headquarters: Mooresville, N.C. What it does: Chain of do-ityourself hardware and home furnishings retail stores.
39. Go Daddy Group East Valley employees: 1,350 Local address: 14455 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale Headquarters: Scottsdale What it does: Internet domain name registrar
40. (tie) Motorola East Valley employees: 1,200 Local address: 2501 S. Price Road, Chandler (networks and enterprise) and 2900 S. Diablo Way, Tempe (computer group) Headquarters: Schaumberg, Ill. What it does: Produces cell phones, wireless infrastructure and other electronic equipment.
40. (tie) Avnet East Valley employees: 1,200 Local address: 8700 S. Price Road, Tempe Headquarters: Phoenix What it does: Electronics distributor. Technology Solutions division headquarters are in Tempe.
* includes some part-time employees for which the company