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Key Employers

This page features an introduction to some of our biggest professional employers in Durango and La Plata County.  However, this is by no means an exhaustive list.  Over 6,000 businesses call La Plata County home.

Key Employers Help Our Economy Grow

Picture at the Southern Ute Growth Fund
Southern Ute Growth Fund

Durango, Colorado is known as one of the best places to work not only because of its spectacular locale where an arid high desert meets snowcapped peaks, but also for its top employers and professional development opportunities. The area’s growth companies span many industries from high-pressure water blasting tools that seek skilled engineers and sales managers, to point-of-sale processing corporations searching for software developers and back office administrators, to food and beverage companies.  Other key employers include two award winning hospitals and oil and gas corporations that employ engineers, business managers and analysts, and numerous skilled trade professionals.

A Sample of Key Employers in La Plata County

Top Private Employers     *FTE
La Plata County 2016 Industry Key Industry # of Jobs
Mercy HospitalGeneral Medical and Surgical HospitalsHealth & Wellness860
Vantiv Integrated PaymentsFinancial Transactions Processing, Reserve, and Clearinghouse ActivitiesFinancial Services460
Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Casino,ResortCasino HotelsAccomodation and Food Services425
Wal Mart Stores Inc.Warehouse Clubs and SuperstoresRetail330
Crossfire LLCOil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures ConstructionInfrastructure Engineering & Construction250
Axis HealthcareHealth Care FacilitiesHealth & Wellness250
BP AmericaCrude Petroleum and Natural Gas ExtractionEnergy & Natural Resources210
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RRScenic and Sightseeing Transportation, LandTourism & Recreation190
Animas Surgical HospitalFreestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency CentersHealth & Wellness170
Rocky Mountain Chocolate FactoryConfectionery Manufacturing from Purchased ChocolateManufacturing155
Strater HotelHotels (except Casino Hotels) and MotelsTourism & Recreation145
StoneAge LLCIndustry Machinery ManufacturingManufacturing125
DSC Purgatory LLCResort Management & Skiing FacilitiesTourism & Recreation125
Home DepotWarehouse Clubs and SuperstoresRetail123
Red Cedar Gathering CompanyGas, natural, pipeline operationEnergy & Natural Resources120
Picture of StoneAge Waterblast Tools
StoneAge Waterblast Tools


Jobs in La Plata County