Foreign Direct Investment


Global Businesses Thrive in Illinois

Canadian Businesses Thrive in Illinois

Japanese Businesses Thrive in Illinois

U.K. Businesses Thrive in Illinois

German Businesses Thrive in Illinois

Home to more than 1,900 foreign companies—including Novartis, Ricoh, Bombardier, Siemens and BP—Illinois has proven to be a natural choice for international employers looking to expand in the North American market. In fact, Illinois ranks fifth in the nation for number of employees supported by U.S. subsidiaries.

On top of that, Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest and the fifth largest exporting state in the U.S. The state’s world-class infrastructure, which includes eight foreign trade zones and five international airports, allows international companies to reach their global customers and operations seamlessly.

Assets to Support International Companies

Illinois’ central location in North America, coupled with its world-class infrastructure and skilled, diverse workforce continue to attract international companies across a range of industries.

The state’s international population includes more than forty distinct ethnic communities with populations over 35,000 and more than 80 foreign consulates help to facilitate employee relocation for global firms.

Top Countries for FDI in Illinois
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Association
1UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)63,564
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Infrastructure Built for Global Trade

Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest and the fifth largest exporting state in the U.S. The state’s world-class infrastructure, which includes eight foreign trade zones and five international airports.

Since 2009, Illinois exports have increased by $18.13 billion, or 43.6%, outperforming the national average of 37.4%.

In total, exports and foreign direct investment support more than one million Illinois jobs.

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October 26, 2018

HARTING announces $6 million expansion of Elgin facility

Investment follows German trade visit and is expected to create 50 or more new jobs ELGIN – HARTING today announced a $6 million facility expansion at the German company’s world-class North American Headquarters in Elgin. The new investment will include the addition of a lab and showroom to the on-site warehouse and distribution center as […]

October 16, 2018

Building Relationships: The Key to Making Illinois a Top Location for FDI

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is key to the economic renaissance underway in Illinois. With more than 1,800 foreign owned companies already calling Illinois home and contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s GDP, the potential for growth is tremendous. Relationship building on an international scale is crucial to Illinois’ foreign investment strategy. Over the […]

September 13, 2018

Faber-Castell to Open Cosmetic Manufacturing Facility in Elgin

ELGIN – Faber-Castell Cosmetics announced the company’s first North American manufacturing facility in Illinois. The German company has leased a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Elgin that will be dedicated to producing cosmetic pencils for the North American market. The $9 million project will create 50 full-time jobs. The announcement comes after the Governor visited with […]

July 20, 2018

Intersect Illinois Strengthens Business Ties with Japan

Intersect Illinois recently helped welcome the newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to the United States to Illinois on a visit that focused on advancing the state’s business partnerships with Japan. His Excellency Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, joined the Honorable Naoki Ito, Consul-General of and Japan in Chicago and Japan External […]

October 12, 2017

HARIBO of America Expands U.S. Headquarters in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Intersect Illinois, today announced that HARIBO of America Inc. will be growing their U.S. presence in Illinois. The German company will be expanding their U.S. headquarters, currently located in Rosemont, and adding 55 new jobs to their existing workforce.