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Global Trade and Investment


A Region Inextricably Connected to the Global Economy, Investment and Trade

Opportunities abound for companies in the Columbus Region to accelerate export and foreign direct investment (FDI) growth.

Currently, more than 300 foreign-owned establishments operate in the Region and 2017 saw $10.7 billion in goods and services exported from the Region.

The Columbus Region has the workforce, the location, the companies and the team to help businesses looking to grow their footprint globally.

Currently, Union County and Logan County rank No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the country for their share of workers employed by foreign-owned companies. (Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Largest Foreign Owned Employers

Company FTE Country Operations
Honda 11,077 Japan North America HQ and R&D center, automotive assembly, testing
TS Tech 2,992 Japan North America HQ and R&D center, car seat and door and roof trim manufacturing
Safelite 2,551 Belgium Unit HQ, contact center of car windshield replacement company
DHL 2,192 Germany Americas HQ, logistics services
Teleperformance 1,730 France Customer contact center, business process outsourcing
CareWorks MCO / York Risk Services 1,435 Canada Workers comp administration services
Stanley Electric 1,385 Japan Manufacturing of automotive and motorcycle lighting
Midwest Express 1,183 Japan Logistics services for automotive manufacturers
Hikma 1,026 United Kingdom Pharmaceuticals manufacturing
Mettler-Toledo 800 Switzerland HQ and manufacturing of precision instruments company
Accenture 750 Ireland IT and consulting office
Cardington Yutaka Technologies 725 Japan Manufacturing of automotive drive and exhaust systems and converters
Jefferson Industries Corporation 648 Japan Manufacturing of dashboards, panels, other automotive components
Anheuser-Busch InBev 640 Belgium Beer production and distribution
Anomatic Corporation 632 Germany Innovation center and manufacturing of anodized aluminum packaging
Farmers Insurance 600 Switzerland Insurance back office
BMW Financial Services 562 Germany Automotive financing operations
American Showa 560 Japan Manufacturing and R&D of shock absorbers and power steering systems
Smiths Medical 530 United Kingdom Manufacturing and office of medical device
Nifco 480 Japan Manufacturing of automotive plastic fasteners, buckles, dampers

Foreign Direct Investment by Country of Origin

Country Companies
Japan 115
Rest of Europe 42
Canada 32
Germany 31
United Kingdom 25
Rest of Asia 23
Rest of World 12
France 11
Switzerland 11
Source: One Columbus Facilities Database