Lawrence =Opportunity

Major Employers

The Lawrence region offers a business environment unlike any other in Kansas.

The area’s cultural amenities and recreational opportunities, as well as its proximity to Kansas City metro, make it an easy sell for talent attraction.

But companies located here also enjoy a competitive cost of doing business, a highly educated workforce, and a diverse economy in a right-to-work state with a strong reputation for being business-friendly.


Lawrence & Douglas County - Largest Employers

Company Description Number of Employees
The University of Kansas Education  9,881
Lawrence Public Schools Education 1,800
City of Lawrence Government 1,455
Lawrence Memorial Hospital Medical 1,322
Berry Plastics Manufacturer 739
Hallmark Cards, Inc. Manufacturer 525
Baker University Education 496
Amarr Garage Doors Manufacturer 461
Douglas County Government 435
Boston Financial Data Services Data Services 394
The Olivia Collection Hospitality 320
K-Mart Distribution Center Distribution Center 320
DCCCA Not for profit 295
Allen Press Printing Services 275
Community Living Opportunities Not for profit 263
Haskell Indian Nations University Education 250
Cottonwood, Incorporated Manufacturer 240
Eudora School District Education 232
Lawrence Paper Company Manufacturer 209
Bert Nash Community
 Mental Health Center Not for Profit 179
Westar Energy Utility 170
ICL Performance Products LP Manufacturer 161
HP Pelzer Manufacturer 160
Big Heart Pet Brands Manufacturer 160
Schlumberger Manufacturer 150
PROSOCO Manufacturer 92
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Corporate Headquarters 85