Somerset County Economic Development Commission
Somerset County
Somerset County, Maryland
Somerset County Labor Profile

Somerset County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is bounded by the Chesapeake Bay to the west and Virginia to the south, and is the state’s southernmost county. It is located approximately 100 miles from the Baltimore/Washington, Wilmington/ Philadelphia, and Norfolk/Hampton Roads metro areas. Crisfield and Princess Anne are the major business and industrial centers. Somerset’s 420 businesses employ 3,650 workers; major employers include Sysco Eastern Maryland, Handy International, Mountaire Farms, PNC, Rubberset, Eastern Correctional Institute and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

 

Somerset is a major seafood processor and poultry producer, and provides a rich agricultural harvest. Princess Anne is the county seat and home of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, which offers a doctoral program in marine, estuarine and environmental sciences. The county has a 792 acre Enterprise Zone in Crisfield and a 1,286 acre Enterprise Zone Princess Anne.  Somerset participates in the One Maryland Program, which offers significant tax credits for capital investments that create jobs. Plans for a hotel conference center are moving forward along with the future development of an industrial park in the city of Crisfield. The Economic Development Commission is working to assist in the commercial development of the Crisfield waterfront and to attract aerospace industry, natural gas, wind, solar, and energy projects.




 
Major Employers 
 
                                                   Number of Employees
 Eastern Correctional Institution
979
 University of Maryland Eastern Shore
993
 Sysco Eastern Maryland
700
 Somerset Community Services
425
 McCready Health
300
 Aurora Senior Living of Manokin
175
 Sherwin Williams / Rubberset
146
 Southern Connection
120
 McDonald's
 91
 Austin Cox Mechanical
 85
 Food Lion
 75
 Agricultural Research Service
 68
 Eastern Shore Drywall
 60
 Tidewater Express
 55
 Handy International*
 50*
  Metompkin Bay Oyster*
 50*
  Mountaire Farms
 50
  Northrop Grumman
 35
  Hardee's
30
  PNC Financial Services
30
  US Coast Guard
26*
Peaky's Restaurant
25 
 Atlantic Tractor
22 
 Evans Boat
20 
 Pizza Hut
 20
 Popeyes
19 
 Somerset Well Drilling
 17
 Perdue Farms
16 
Somerset County