International Flags

Global Business

The Milwaukee Region has a long heritage of international trade and investment. It was one of the main melting pots of American immigrants: In 1890, Milwaukee was considered the most “foreign” city in the nation due to its high percentage of immigrants. The region used its European connections to forge global commerce. Local companies were among the first in the nation to realize the importance of international trade: S.C. Johnson expanded into foreign markets in 1914; ManpowerGroup went international more than 50 years ago.

Today, the Milwaukee Region produces $6.5 billion in exports. Several international giants have their global headquarters here, including Fiserv, Johnson Controls, ManpowerGroupRockwell Automation and SC Johnson. The region also is home to the North American headquarters for many international corporations – including ABBKrones AGChr. HansenBRPMetso Minerals and Nestle – and several other foreign-based companies have a major presence in the region, including SABMillerKikkomen and Fiat

The region’s proximity to two international airports – Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport – its access to the St. Lawrence Seaway and its proximity to Canada have made the region a magnet for trade and investment.

The region’s businesses have been actively pursuing business opportunities in rapidly growing economies, opening manufacturing and service facilities in China. The China Business Council provides discussion groups, trade missions, educational opportunities and specialized resources for companies seeking to establish or expand business opportunities in China.

Milwaukee EB-5 Visa Program

The Milwaukee Region has also been designated a Regional Center for the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, which offers green cards to foreign investors and their families who invest a minimum of $1 million (or $500,000 in targeted employment areas) in businesses that create at least ten full-time jobs for U.S. workers. The Region is the only designated investment zone for urban areas in the Midwest. To learn more click here.

 


FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH U.S. HEADQUARTERS IN THE MILWAUKEE REGION
COMPANY WORLD HEADQUARTERS WORLDWIDE REVENUE U.S. COMPANY HEADQUARTERS
BRP Inc. 
Valcourt, Canada 
$460 million
BRP US 
Sturtevant
TAKKT AG 
Stuttgart, Germany 
$1.2 billion 
C&H Distributors 
West Allis 
Chr. Hansen A/S 
Hoersholm, Denmark 
$640 million
Chr. Hansen Inc. 
West Allis 
Creation Technologies  Inc. 
Burnaby, Canada 
$300 million
Creation Technologies Wisconsin Inc. 
Oak Creek 
Gottlieb Guehring oHG 
Albstadt, Germany N/A 
Guhring Inc. 
Brookfield 
Doughty Hanson & Co. Ltd. 
London 
$3.4 billion 
HellermanTyton Corp. 
Milwaukee 
Krones AG 
Neutraubling, Germany 
$3.2 billion 
Krones Inc. 
Franklin 
Metso Corp. 
Helsinki, Finland
$6.5 billion 
Metso Minerals Industries Inc. 
Waukesha 
Putzmeister GmbH 
Stuttgart, Germany 
$1.1 billion 
Putzmeister America 
Sturtevant 
Wacker Neuson SE 
Munich, Germany 
$1.1 billion 
Wacker Neuson Corp. 
Menomonee Falls 

FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH MAJOR OPERATIONS IN THE MILWAUKEE REGION
COMPANY HOME COUNTRY MILWAUKEE REGION SITES LOCAL EMPLOYEES
GE Healthcare
England 
Waukesha 
6,400 
Extendicare Health Services 
Canada 
Milwaukee 
3,500 
CNH Global (Fiat) 
Italy 
Racine 
2,000 
SABMiller 
England 
Milwaukee 
1,700 
BRP, Inc. 
Canada 
Sturtevant 
580 
Wacker Neuson Corp. 
Germany 
Menomonee Falls 
500 
Siemens Water Technologies  
Germany Waukesha 475
Nestle Confections 
Switzerland 
Burlington 
470 
ABB Inc. 
Switzerland 
New Berlin 450 
Krones Inc. 
Germany  
Franklin 
420 
*GE Healthcare, which is based in England, is a business unit of American-based General Electric. 

 
 

Exports

The Milwaukee Region produces

$6.5 billion

in exports annually.