One of Fairfax County’s largest employers is leaving the area. Oil giant ExxonMobil announced it is transferring the 2,100 employees at its Fairfax campus to Houston, Texas. The company is also moving more than 100 jobs currently located in Akron, Ohio to Houston in an effort to consolidate its operations.
ExxonMobil is one of the top 20 employers in Fairfax County. Mobil first moved its headquarters into the Fairfax property in 1984. After Mobil merged with Exxon in 1999, the combined company anchored its operations in Irving, Texas, but based its refining and research efforts in the northern Virginia facility. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is working to find a new tenant for the space the oil company currently occupies.
ExxonMobil began building a new complex in Houston last year. The company now plans to expand the campus to accommodate the workers who will be transferred from Fairfax and Akron. Fairfax based employees will begin relocating in early 2014. The move will occur in phases and is expected to be complete by 2015.