Top Five Employers in the Lansing Area

The Greater Lansing region is no stranger to some large employers.

It’s no secret that a strong business base serves to draw more businesses to a region. There’s already a built-in pool of potential customers who are employed and have money to spend. The Greater Lansing region is no stranger to some large employers — the state of Michigan, Michigan State University and Sparrow Health System being among the largest. However, when it comes to private industry, these five are the top area employers, according to 2019 statistics from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.

General Motors

4,549 local employees

With roots stretching back to the early days of Lansing’s industrialization, the automotive titan remains the king of the hill in the region.


Auto-Owners Insurance Group

2,578 local employees

Established in 1916 and headquartered in Lansing, the company is now represented by 48,000 licensed agents in 26 states.


Peckham Inc. 

2,510 local employees

The nonprofit has provided job training and competitive employment opportunities to people with disabilities since 1976.


Jackson National Life Insurance Co. 

2,500 local employees

Founded in 1961 and headquartered in the Lansing area since 1976, the company recently purchased the naming rights to the home of the Lansing Lugnuts.


Dart Container Corp. 

2,000 local employees

Headquartered in Mason, the developer, manufacturer and distributor of food service packaging products has expanded around the globe to 35 locations in four countries.


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