Our Employers

The top two employers in the Greater Manhattan Area are also the two greatest pull factors to the region: Kansas State University and Fort Riley Military Base. These two entities create roughly 13,000 jobs, and the Base currently trains about 20,000 soldiers (see chart below). These two entities are huge economic drivers for the region, shaping the economy in major ways. Because of the college, research and development is considered an important business sector in Manhattan. Fort Riley has also helped provide economic activity and investment for Manhattan.

For employment information at Kansas State University please follow this link.

For civilian employment information at Fort Riley Military Base please follow this link.

Top Employers in Riley and Pottawatomie County (3rd Quarter, 2016)

Company Number of Employees Location
Kansas State University 6,028 Manhattan
City of Manhattan 320 Manhattan
USD #383 1,350 Manhattan
Mercy Regional Health Center 795 Manhattan
CivicPlus 289 Manhattan
Caterpillar Work Tools, Inc 500  Wamego
Community Healthcare System, Inc 450 Onaga
Custom Wood Products Inc 145 St. Marys
Dillons Companies Inc 85 Manhattan
GTM Sportswear 693 Manhattan
Brinks Home Security 300 St. Marys/Manhattan
Menards 150 Manhattan
Parker Hannifin Corporation  169 Manhattan
Pottawatomie County Government 182 Westmoreland
Wamego School District (USD 320)   Wamego
Kaw Valley School District (USD 321) 150 St. Marys
Rock Creek School District (USD 323) 135 Westmoreland
Walmart 480 Manhattan
Westar Energy, Inc 275 Emmett
The Onyx Collection, Inc   Belvue
Fort Riley Military Base (Military Training) 19,468 Fort Riley
Fort Riley Military Base (Civilian) 7,470 Fort Riley
Manko Window Systems 235 Manhattan
Riley County Government 190 Manhattan
Pawnee Mental Health Services 235 Manhattan
NAICS Industry Sector Graph