International Business

Northeast Indiana is rich with diversity. Our intention is to collaborate, improve on what we have, and build new opportunities—together. This includes Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and working with your global business. For decades, Northeast Indiana has been viewed as an attractive location for companies from around the globe to invest in and relocate to. Today, we welcome more than 60 global businesses. After all, Chief Executive magazine named our state the No. 1 place to do business in the Midwest and No. 7 nationwide in 2014.

The story of Foreign Direct Investment in Northeast Indiana is evident in the facts:

  • Germany is Indiana’s third-largest export partner with $2.1 billion in 2012.
  • Germany is Indiana’s seventh-largest import partner with $2.29 billion in 2012.
  • Northeast Indiana is home to 11 Canadian companies, 10 Japanese companies and three Italian companies, to name a few.
  • In 2010, UK Majority-Owned US Affiliate (MOUSA) firms in Indiana employed 29,200 employees. That’s 21.9 percent of all MOUSA employment in Indiana.

Albeit impressive, these rankings don’t tell the entire story of why your business is a great fit for our region. International success stories follow our powerhouse of influential foreign businesses. BFGoodrich, Iotron Industries Canada, Bosch, and HALDRUP USA have all found a home in Northeast Indiana. Are you ready to join this list?

With more than 60 foreign-owned companies from 17 different countries with manufacturing or headquarters here in the Fort Wayne region, our target industries are specific to foster industry growth and include defense and high-tech communication, food processing, insurance, logistics, medical devices, and vehicles.

See a map of our international business.

Foreign Trade Zone for Your Business

A big benefit to our foreign businesses is the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ #182). Businesses engaged in importing and exporting may be eligible for duty exemptions and payment deferrals through the regional program.

Northeast Indiana’s workforce is predominantly nonunion. Indiana was the first right-to-work state in the Great Lakes region. Right-to-work laws prohibit agreements between labor unions and employers that make membership or payment of union dues or fees a condition of employment.

For more information on Indiana’s welcoming business climate and educated workforce, visit the Indiana Economic Development Corporation's website. There you’ll also find success stories of other international companies that have invested in Northeast Indiana and throughout the state. Will your business be next?

Meet Our Foreign Companies

Foreign Direct Investment in Northeast Indiana

Source: Community Research Institute at IPFW

If you’re ready to consider doing business in Northeast Indiana, we want to learn more about your business. Contact our business development department today and let’s make a lasting connection that bridges international borders.

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