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Major Employers

Renton offers diverse employment opportunities.

Renton has come a long way since its century-old beginnings as a coal-mining town. Incorporated in 1901, Renton was a brawling frontier town when the Chamber of Commerce dubbed it the "Town of Payrolls-the City of Great Possibilities."  Mining, logging and brick making turned to manufacturing of rail cars by the Seattle Car Manufacturing Co. in the 20s and 30s. Later, the Pacific Car and Foundry (now PACCAR, Inc.) manufactured thousands of tanks for World War II.  PACCAR continues to build Kenworth trucks at its Renton plant.  The war brought The Boeing Company to Renton where it produced B-29s, and later the 707, 727, and 757.  Now, the best-selling commercial airplane in history, the 737, is manufactured on Lake Washington and the Renton Municipal Airport is the site of each plane's maiden flight.  Boeing's Commercial Airplane Group is headquartered at Boeing's Longacres Campus.

Now, Renton is booming with the next generation of industry. Game maker Wizards of the Coast, Providence Health and Services, and software publisher TOPICS Entertainment are not only large or growing employers, they are leaders in the economy of the 21st Century.

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Principal Private Employers

1990

  • The Boeing Company
  • Pacific Car & Foundry
  • Sound Ford
  • Longacres Race Track
  • P.S. Power & Light
  • US West
  • Container Corporation
  • Sears Roebuck & Co.

2012

  • The Boeing Company
  • PACCAR, Inc.
  • Providence Health and Services
  • Puget Sound Educational Services District
  • Wizards of the Coast
  • Wal Mart
  • IKEA 
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Seattle Seahawks 
  • Fry's Electronics
  • Aim Aerospace Inc.
  • Orca Bay Seafoods Inc.
  • Alliance Packaging LLC 
  • Trojan Lithograph Corp.
  • Shuttle Express Inc.
  • Convergent Outsourcing 

Principal Public Employers

  • Valley Medical Center
  • Renton School District
  • Federal Aviation Administration 
  • Renton Technical College
  • City of Renton
  • King County

Employees

  • 47,523

Number of Business Licenses

  • 2,971 General Business

Source: City of Renton, 2012

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A 70-year Legacy of Innovation and Excellence in Aviation

Over the last 70 years Renton has been home to the best-selling commercial airplanes in aviation history, including the Boeing 707, 727, 757, 737 and 737NG, and has now been selected as the production location for the 737 MAX. To learn more about Renton’s astounding contributions to the movement of goods and people around the world, check out Renton Aerospace.