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 area produces $8 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 SAB Miller, 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 around the globe. The Milwaukee World Trade Association provides discussion groups, trade missions, educational opportunities and specialized resources for companies seeking to establish or expand business opportunities internationally.

Milwaukee 7 Export Development Grant Program
The Milwaukee 7, in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase, is offering the Export Development Grant Program to help manufacturers, companies selling a proprietary product line, and service-based companies grow in international trade. The Export Development Grant Program will award matching funds of up to $5,000 to companies in Southeastern Wisconsin, both new to export as well as existing exporters, to take advantage of opportunities in international markets and to overcome obstacles.

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. 

   

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