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Greater Gainesville’s Largest Employers


UF Health Shands
1600 SW Archer Rd
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 265-0111

Nearly 900 expert UF College of Medicine and community physicians along with more than 9,000 skilled Shands nursing and support staff provide comprehensive high-quality patient care, from primary care and family medicine to subspecialty tertiary and quaternary services for patients with highly complex medical conditions. The hospital network includes both UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-3261

With more than 56,000 students, 5,000 faculty members and generating more than $900 million in research expenditures, the University of Florida is a member of the prestigious Academy of American University and the state’s flagship university. UF is the largest employer in the Greater Gainesville area, with more than 30,000 total employees. UF includes UF Health and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with extension offices in every county of the state. UF contributes more than $12 billion to the state’s economy each year. In 2020, UF was ranked no. 7 in the U.S. News and World Report.

North Florida Regional Medical Center

6500 W Newberry Rd.

Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 415-4442

The North Florida Regional Medical Center is equipped with 432 beds, full service medical equipment and surgical acute care. Employing 1,300 people in the Gainesville area, the center is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and has been recognized as a Quality Top Performer by the Joint Commission for four consecutive years.

Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1601 S.W. Archer Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: (352) 376-1611

The Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Gainesville is a part of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. It is a highly specialized care facility that is also an active teaching hospital, with medical specialists performing advanced and complex procedures in state-of-the-art facilities. The 480-bed hospital serves active and retired veterans. Closely connected to the University of Florida, the VA Medical Center helps to train UF medical school residents, interns, and students.

Alachua County School Board
620 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 955-7300

The Alachua County school system is governed by a five-member board with members serving staggered, four-year terms. Board members are elected from five geographic districts in nonpartisan elections, and all represent the entire county. The School Board of Alachua County is responsible for all public schools in the district and for the hiring of a superintendent to oversee the day-to-day operations. The district serves about 27,000 students in 41 schools and centers. It is among the top performing school districts in Florida. The district boasts more than 378 partnerships with local businesses and organizations which provide about $2.9 million worth of resources to our schools annually.

City of Gainesville
200 East University Ave.
Gainesville FL 32601
(352) 334-5000

Gainesville is the largest city and county seat of Alachua County. It serves as a cultural and commercial center for the north central Florida region. The city provides a full range of municipal services, including police and fire protection; comprehensive land use planning and zoning services; code enforcement and neighborhood improvement; streets and drainage construction and maintenance; traffic engineering services; refuse and recycling services through a franchised operator; recreation and parks; cultural and nature services; and necessary administrative services to support these activities. The city also owns a regional transit system, a municipal airport, a 72- par championship golf course and Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU).

Exactech, Inc.
2311 NW 66th Ct.
Gainesville, FL 32653
(352) 371-8682

For 30 years, Exactech has been engineering innovative solutions for knee, hip, shoulder and spine surgery. Exactech distributes their products in over 35 countries, and their global headquarters are in Gainesville. They have over 1,000 employees worldwide and more than 475 of those employees are residents of Gainesville.

Gator Dining Services
114 Rec Center
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 846-2082

Gator Dining Services provides meal and food options for students, faculty and staff members on the UF campus. With more than 40 dining options on campus including national brands like Subway, Papa John’s, Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Pollo Tropical, Einstein Bros Bagels and Starbucks. Ranked A+ by Peta2 on their annual vegan report card, Gator Dining Services also offers many vegetarian/vegan options, as well as smoothies and delicious pastries and desserts. They offer a variety of meal plans that fit both on-campus and off-campus student needs and even have a faculty/staff plan. Gator Dining partners with Aramark Food Services to provide these meals, which also includes Classic Fare Catering.

Alachua County
12 SE 1st St., 2nd Floor
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 264-6900

Alachua County provides services that include emergency management, animal services, the crisis center, the cooperative extension service, victim services and more. They also provide urban services, like fire rescue, solid waste, parks and land conservation and road and bridge. The Board of County Commissioners is the governing body of the county and represent different districts in the county. The County Manager supervises more than 800 employees under the board.

Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83 St.
Gainesville, FL 32606
Phone: (352) 395-5000

Santa Fe College was established by the state government in 1965 to offer wide access to quality higher education. This studentcentered college has established programs and services that fulfill its mission of educational opportunity, responsiveness to the community, economic development and innovation in the public interest. Santa Fe College is home to a planetarium, nationally recognized teaching zoo, geological (underground caves) field laboratory and state-of-the-art fine arts hall. With an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, the college has more than 50 accredited technology and applied sciences programs, most which are two-year degrees. The college also offers nine bachelor’s degrees in subjects such as accounting, early childhood education, information systems technology, nursing, and organizational management.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
2621 SE Hawthorne Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32641
(352) 367-4000

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is the chief law enforcement agency serving unincorporated Alachua County. It remains committed to building and developing relationships with the community, through the services and information they can provide, and to enhance your personal safety and quality of life. It is an accredited 5 C (criminal, court, civil, corrections and communications) law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over 977 square miles of Alachua County.

Moltech Power Systems
1908 NW 67 Pl.
Gainesville, FL 32653
(352) 264-9850

Moltech Power Systems is a renewable energy company which designs and manufactures battery solutions for original equipment. It specializes in the manufacture and battery assembly of NiCd, MH, Li Ion, and Li Polymer batteries. The company provides primary and rechargeable cells. It also offers battery design, contract assembly, testing, manufacturing and logistics, and customer services. The company has 595 employees and an annual revenue of $36.2 million.

Gainesville Regional Utilities
301 SE 4th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 334-3434

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) is a multi-service utility owned by the City of Gainesville and the 5th largest municipal electric utility in Florida. Serving over 93,000 retail and wholesale customers in the greater Gainesville area, the company provides electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater treatment and telecommunications services. GRU is a state leader in alternative energy. GRU provides 199 watts of solar per customer, which is second in the state to Gulf Power. The utility continues to explore opportunities to bring affordable solar to its customers and to support the use of alternative energy sources.

Florida Pest Control
PO Box 5369
Gainesville, FL 32627-5369
(352) 376-2661

Florida Pest Control is the industry leader in providing the highest quality pest service to our customers. Their commitment to research assures customers of the latest technology the industry has to offer. With more than 20 office locations, including the corporate offices in Gainesville, they have over 500 employees, which include graduate entomologists and professional technicians, who provide customers with effective pest management conforming to the highest standards.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
13859 Progress Blvd., Ste. 300
Alachua, FL 32615-9403
(386) 418-8199

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is a world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion. Their global team includes more than 75,000 colleagues who deliver an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through their industryleading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. Their customers help to accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and therapies or increase productivity in their laboratories.

Gainesville Health and Fitness
4820 W Newberry Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 377-4995 (main location; there are also locations in the Town of Tioga Town Center and the Women’s Center in Thornebrook Village).

With three locations in the greater Gainesville area, Gainesville Health and Fitness offers a variety of fitness services to meet customer needs. Their big, vibrant facilities offer modern gym equipment, personal training, classes and athletic courts. GHF’s many accolades include guiding Gainesville, Florida to become “The Healthiest Community in America,” featured on the cover of INC Magazine, and becoming the only Florida company named one of “The Best Small Companies in America, 2016” by Forbes.

O2B Kids
6680 W Newberry Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 332-5500

O2B Kids is a child care and play company with a main supercenter located on Newberry Road as well as several O2B College preschool locations throughout the community. Guided by their “learning through play” philosophy, the 34,000-square-foot O2B Kids SuperCenter allows over 1,000 O2B Kids members to join in this philosophy. They pride themselves on a safe community with secure entry and exit. All of their staff are fingerprinted and backgrounded with several trainings occurring during the year. Although their headquarters are in Gainesville, they also have locations in Fleming Island, St. Augustine, Altamonte Springs, Mandarin, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and two locations in Georgia.

Nationwide Insurance
3300 SW Williston Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 377-8500

Named Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Company,” Nationwide Insurance has become one of the largest insurance and financial service companies in the world. Nine hundred of their employees are in Gainesville. Nationwide made $43 billion in total sales during 2016. They are the eighth largest health insurer and the No. 1 total small business insurer.

Tacachale Center
1621 NE Waldo Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 955-5000

Tacachale is the oldest and largest community for Floridians with developmental disabilities. The progressive community is dedicated to offering its residents the opportunities and services which respect and encourage their personal choices, enhance their quality of life, and maximize their individual potential.

Publix Super Market
15 Locations in Gainesville
(800) 242-1227

More than 25,000 Publix associates have been with the company for at least 10 years. Publix was ranked No. 3 for best job security by in 2017. For its student employees, the company offers tuition reimbursement for a variety of classes and majors.

Wal-Mart Distribution Center
18815 NW 15th Ave.
Alachua, FL 32615
(386) 418-5900

Employees at the distribution centers work tirelessly to send products to over 200 million customers. Nine hundred and sixty-two of these employees are in Gainesville. There are a total of 172 Wal-Mart and Sam’s club distribution centers nationwide.

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
4300 SW 13th St.
Gainesville, FL 32608
(800) 330-5615

Meridian is a private non-profit organization designed to promote health and recovery of people impacted by mental illness and substance abuse. Meridian treated 20,796 people last year during 326,431 direct care visits.

RTI Surgical
11621 Research Circle
Alachua, FL 32615
(386) 418-8888

A leading global surgical implant company, RTI Surgical distributes biological, metal and synthetic implants. Their headquarters are located in Alachua, Florida with locations across the United States from Michigan to Texas. RTI implants are used in general surgery and also sports medicine, spine, orthopedic and trauma surgeries.

Tower Hill Insurance Group
7201 NW 11th Pl.
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 332-8800

One of the largest residential property insurers in Florida, Tower Hill Insurance Group is represented by over 850 insurance agencies in the state. More than 1.7 million Floridians are insured by Tower Hill.

North Florida Evaluation & Treatment Center
1200 NE 55th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32641
(352) 375-8484

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Since 1976, the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center has evaluated and treated people with mental illnesses who are involved in the criminal justice system. Their facility has 193 beds open for residents who are incompetent to proceed to trial or were found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Infinite Energy, Inc.
7001 SW 24th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 331-1654

Infinite Energy provides natural gas and electricity service to customers in Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey and Texas. With two $2,500 scholarships in Alachua County, Infinite Energy aims to make longterm impacts by supporting education within the communities they serve.

2970 SW 50th Ter.
Gainesville, FL 32608
(352) 381-4400

Since 1977, Infotech, Inc. consists of two core businesses. Info Tech Systems provides software solutions that advance and automate construction while Infotech Consulting provides expert statistical and econometric litigation consulting services and support. With a diverse workforce, and a collaborative, relaxed environment, Info Tech, Inc. is a thriving, Gainesvilleborn pioneer of innovation, committed to its family of employees, customers and community.

Agency for Persons with Disabilities
1621 NE Waldo Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 955-5000

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities works specifically to serve the needs of Floridians with developmental disabilities. The agency strives to increase the number of individuals with developmental disabilities in the workforce and improve their access to communitybased service and treatment. They serve more than 50,000 Floridians with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and Down syndrome.

4300 NW 89th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 372-8400

One of Florida’s oldest and largest notfor- profit health plans, AvMed aims to inspire its 315,000 members to live a healthy and active lifestyle. AvMed provides coverage in South Florida, Orlando, Gainesville and Jacksonville.

The Village at Gainesville
8000 NW 27th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 373-4032

A not-for-profit senior living community, The Village at Gainesville offers seniors a rental retirement community while also employing 224 people in the Gainesville area. The 104-acre campus offers a fitness center, a flexible dining plan, housekeeping services and scheduled transportation.

Hometown Supermarkets, LLC
10 Locations in
North Central Florida
(386) 462-2284

Hometown Supermarkets, LLC operates and manages Hitchcock’s Market. The first Hitchcock’s Market opened in 1945 and has been serving North Central Florida for 67 years. Hitchcock’s recognized the need for rural towns in Central Florida to have clean, well-stocked, quality products and service-driven food stores. Hitchcock’s is proud of the training of their employees and the standards they set in the workplace.

550 SW 2nd Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32601
(888) 428-9605

A homegrown company, SharpSpring connects and provides marketing automation for businesses. Their headquarters is located in Gainesville, which has opened up even more local opportunities for employment. They currently provide jobs for 138 Gainesville residents.

Florida Mechanical Crane Rental
2425 NE 19th Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 367-4531

Florida Mechanical Crane Rental provides heavy construction equipment rentals to the Gainesville area. For approximately 16 years, Florida Mechanical Crane Rental has been supplying the community with cranes and aerial lift equipment. They also have provided 180 jobs locally.

Ology Bioservices
13200 NW, Nano Ct,
Alachua, FL 32615
(386) 462-9663

Ology Bio specializes in research and design, process development, and manufacturing of vaccines and biologics through commercial stage, with full regulatory support. Their facility accommodates development of bulk drug substance with containment up to BSL-3, which is ideal for vaccine and virus manufacturing. Ology Bio has a proprietary vaccine delivery technology and a variety of platform expression systems available to our clients. Ology Bio has obtained more than $500 million in U.S. government contracts for the advanced development and manufacturing of drugs and biologics of importance to both health care and national security.

Bear Archery
4600 SW 41st Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608
(800) 694-9494

A manufacturer and marketer of bows and archery equipment, Bear Archery employs 170 people in the Gainesville area. They provide traditional bows, compound bows and even bows designed for young archers.

Naylor, LLC
5950 NW 1st Pl.
Gainesville, FL 32607
(800) 369-6220

For 50 years, Naylor has been providing solutions to associations within the marketplace. They provide services and solutions to over 1,800 associations across 110 industries.

13500 NW County Rd.
235 Alachua, FL 32615
(386) 462-4100

With about 43,000 employees, Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group. As a world leading developer and manufacturer of stainless steel and the world’s No.1 supplier of cutting tools and tooling systems, Sandvik provides 119 jobs to the Gainesville area.

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