If you are looking for employment in Kalamazoo, it may be helpful for you to know the largest employers in the area.  Here is a list of the top six employers as well as a link to their career pages.  The Veenstra Team is eager to help you purchase your Kalamazoo real estate when you have a great job!  We wish you the best in your employment search!  We have also included a more completed list of the employers in the community below the top six employers for your information.  

Western Michigan University

According to the WMU website, “Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.”
Click here to see career, student internship and employment opportunites at WMU. 


Borgess Medical Center
According to the Borgess website, “Borgess Health includes more than 130 sites of care in 15 southern Michigan cities, as well as eight owned or affiliated hospitals, a nursing home, ambulatory care facilities, home health care, physician practices, managed care services, a cancer center and an air ambulance service. These Borgess Health members form a health care network that offers a complete continuum of services to the close to 980,000 people living in 10 counties in southwest Michigan. In 1999, the Sisters of St. Joseph, a sponsor of Borgess Health, and the Daughters of Charity created Ascension Health— the largest nonprofit health care system in the United States. The Ascension Health network includes: Over 113,000 associates in 15 states and the District of Columbia, 17,928 available beds, 67 general acute care hospitals, 2 long-term acute care hospitals, 3 rehabilitation hospitals, 4 dedicated psychiatric hospitals.
Click here to see career, student internship and employment opportunites at Borgess. 

Pfizer Inc: The world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company. Pfizer Inc discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets leading prescription medicines for humans and animals.  Accoring to their website, “We at Pfizer are committed to applying science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to provide access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and related health care services to the people who need them.  We have a leading portfolio of products and medicines that support wellness and prevention, as well as treatment and cures for diseases across a broad range of therapeutic areas; and we have an industry-leading pipeline of promising new products that have the potential to challenge some of the most feared diseases of our time, like Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.”
Click here to see career, student internship and employment opportunites at Pfizer. 


Bronson Healthcare Group
Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a not-for-profit, tertiary healthcare system serving southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With a workforce of nearly 5,000 and a medical staff of over 700, Bronson is one of the area’s largest employers. We offer a full range of services from primary care to advanced critical care and have multiple service locations. Always mindful of our responsibility to the community, Bronson provides approximately $75 million in community benefits annually through outreach and charitable care for the un- and under-insured. The health system also has a track record of clinical and workplace excellence as evidenced by numerous national achievements.

The Bronson system includes:
Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson Vicksburg Hospital, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson Home Health Care, Bronson LakeView Outpatient Center, Bronson Lifestyle Improvement & Research Center, Bronson Athletic Club, Bronson Health Foundation, Bronson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Van Buren Emergency Medical Services, Joint Ventures
Click here to see career, student internship and employment opportunites at Bronson HealthCare Group. 

Stryker Corporation

According to the Stryler website, “Stryker is a broadly based, global leader in medical technology that delivers exceptional results. We are one of the largest players in the $35.6 billion worldwide orthopaedic market and our products help medical professionals improve their patients’ lives in over 120 countries.We are a company that sets high standards. Our growth has come from offering an unparalleled variety of innovative, high-quality products and services resulting from the dedication of our employees. Through better products, simplified surgical techniques and improved hospital efficiencies, we are creating cost-effective solutions in systems throughout the world.”

Click here to see opportunities for employment, internships, career events and career opportunites at the Stryker Corporation in Portage, MI.

Kalamazoo Public Schools

Total K-12 Enrollment:11,588,  Average KPS Class Sizes: Grades K-3: 17-24,  Grades 4-5: 25, Middle School: 22, High School: 29, Percentage of graduates that further their education: 96%, National Merit Scholars in the last three years: 14, Dropout rate: 6.66%, Superintendent: Michael F. Rice, Ph.D.

Kalamazoo Public Schools has been a busy and exciting district over the past two years. We have worked in conjunction with partners throughout the county to add the nationally recognized OWL Curriculum to our pre-school classrooms. We have increased the number of kindergarten students in full-day kindergarten from 176 in 2007-2008 to 883 students in 2008- 2009, adding 370,000 additional instructional hours for these students. We have added a dual language school, El Sol Elementary, and a middle school alternative learning program. An 85 million dollar bond passed by voters in 2006.
Click here to see career, student internship and employment opportunites at Kalamazoo Public Schools. 

Here is a list of Greater Kalamazoo Employers taken from the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce.  This information was from 2007.
















Western Michigan University
(Fall & Winter)
Borgess Medical Center   Healthcare
Pfizer   Pharmaceuticals, chemicals, urethanes
Bronson Methodist Hospital   Healthcare
Stryker Medical Technology   Surgical & hospital equipment
Kalamazoo Public Schools   Education
National City Bank   Banking & financial services
Meijer, Inc.1594Retail, goods and household products
Portage Public Schools   Education
Summit Polymers Inc.1097Injection molded thermo-plastics
County of Kalamazoo   Government services
  500-999 employees
Kalamazoo Valley Comm. College   Education
City of Kalamazoo   Government services
United States Postal Service   Postal services
State Farm Insurance Claims700Insurance
Target Distribution675Distribution consultant
Wal-Mart614Retail, goods and household products
Eaton Corporation   Automotive parts distributor
  200-499 employees:
Graphic Packaging489Recycled paperboard/folding cartons
Flowserve Corp.   Fluid sealing systems
Parker ABX NWL430Aircraft, missile, flight & engine components
Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital430Healthcare
Benteler Industries397Rear axle fabricators
CMC Kalamazoo, Inc. (Checker)391Automotive parts
Designware (American Greetings)350Tableware, giftware
Kalamazoo Gazette350Media
Kalamazoo College350Education
TLC (Total Logistics Control)345Freight/Trucking
JC Penny300 
Consumers Energy260Utility company
Triple S Plastics250Injection molding
Goodwill Industries237Job training and employment services
Borroughs Corp.   Steel shelving, office furniture, display equipment
5/3 Bank   Full service banking
Humphrey Products220Pneumatic valves and devices, gas
Mann & Hummel220Plastics
Arvco Container Corp.212Corrugated shipping containers
Hydro Aluminum Wells Corp.210Aluminum extrusions & fabrications
City of Portage221Government services


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