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Foreign Direct Investment

Overview

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 1,800 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
 CountryJobs
1UK (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)63,564
2Japan47,232
3Germany36,702
4Canada36,143
5France20,018
Scientists Discussing their Work at Argonne National Laboratory

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 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.

May 18, 2017

Keidanren Delegation Comes to Chicago

Intersect Illinois was proud to host the Keidanren delegation on May 14-15. The Japanese’s delegation, equivalent of the US Chamber in Japan, stopped on their Midwest tour in Illinois in support of the long-standing relationship between the area and Japan. The working relationship between the state of Illinois and Japan dates back more than 140 years and includes an office in Japan, which is one of the oldest State Trade and Investment Offices in the country, dating back to 1983.

April 20, 2017

Pharmaceutical company to bring hundreds of jobs to Des Plaines

Pharmaceutical company to bring hundreds of jobs to Des Plaines A German pharmaceutical company is expanding in Illinois, bringing hundreds of jobs. Vetter Pharmaceuticals plans to build a million-square-foot facility in suburban Des Plaines. The company expects to hire up to 500 people once construction is finished. The new jobs are a welcome sight in […]

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