Key Employers

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.

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.

A Sample of Key Employers in La Plata County

Top Private Employers     *FTE
La Plata County 2016 Industry Key Industry # of Jobs
Mercy Hospital General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Health & Wellness 860
Vantiv Integrated Payments Financial Transactions Processing, Reserve, and Clearinghouse Activities Financial Services 460
Southern Ute Indian Tribe – Casino,Resort Casino Hotels Accomodation and Food Services 425
Wal Mart Stores Inc. Warehouse Clubs and Superstores Retail 330
Crossfire LLC Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction Infrastructure Engineering & Construction 250
Axis Healthcare Health Care Facilities Health & Wellness 250
BP America Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction Energy & Natural Resources 210
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land Tourism & Recreation 190
Animas Surgical Hospital Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers Health & Wellness 170
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Confectionery Manufacturing from Purchased Chocolate Manufacturing 155
Strater Hotel Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels Tourism & Recreation 145
StoneAge LLC Industry Machinery Manufacturing Manufacturing 125
DSC Purgatory LLC Resort Management & Skiing Facilities Tourism & Recreation 125
Home Depot Warehouse Clubs and Superstores Retail 123
Red Cedar Gathering Company Gas, natural, pipeline operation Energy & Natural Resources 120


Picture of StoneAge Waterblast Tools
StoneAge Waterblast Tools