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, ManpowerGroup, Rockwell Automation and SC Johnson. The region also is home to the North American headquarters for many international corporations – including ABB, Krones AG, Chr. Hansen, BRP, Metso Minerals and Nestle – and several other foreign-based companies have a major presence in the region, including SABMiller, Kikkomen 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
FOREIGN COMPANIES WITH MAJOR OPERATIONS IN THE MILWAUKEE REGION