There are six Brazilian firms operating in Charlotte USA, including two U.S. headquarters. Industry leaders such as Gerdau Group and Sabo USA are members of the region’s thriving international community. New daily nonstop flights to Rio de Janeiro from Charlotte Douglas International Airport began in 2009.
The Charlotte region continues to strengthen its position as one of the most dynamic and diversified locations in North America. This 16-county region – 12 in North Carolina and four in South Carolina – is home to more than 900 foreign-owned firms, eight Fortune 500 company headquarters and a growing population of more than 2.7 million residents
Why have Brazilian firms chosen Charlotte USA?
- Largest concentration of international firms in the Carolinas, employing more than 50,000 workers
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the seventh-busiest airport in the world and has daily nonstop flights to 136 destinations worldwide
- Second-largest banking center in the U.S.
- Foreign Trade Zone #57 has locations around the Charlotte region
- Manufacturing hub of the Carolinas
- Highest concentration of medical device manufacturing in the Carolinas
- Eight Fortune 500 headquarters
- Home to more than 275 corporate headquarters
- Engineering center of the Carolinas: home to global giants such as URS, Toshiba, Siemens, Areva, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Parsons, Duke Power, Fluor Corp. and Westinghouse
- Progressive renewable energy standard of 12.5 percent by 2021
- Brazil received 2.5 percent of the Carolinas’ exports in 2009
- Three Brazilian grocery stores located around the region
- Brazilian consulate general located in Atlanta, Ga.
- UNC Charlotte Brazilian student exchange program
- Both Pfeiffer University and Winthrop University partner with international universities for student exchange in both graduate and undergraduate programs.
- Both International Baccalaureate and foreign language programs are available to all local students.
Brazilian textile manufacturer Companhia Providencia is building an $80 million nonwoven fabrics plant near Statesville, N.C. The facility will begin with 56 employees when production starts in the first half of 2011.
Sabó USA Inc. opened its first North American plant in Lincoln County in 2007. The company expects to triple the size of its 30,000-square-foot plant and increase its work force.
Reports & Profiles
- 2011 - Charlotte USA Brazil Profile (English)
- Brazilian Firms Directory and Map
- Charlotte USA Intro (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Aerospace (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Automotive (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Energy (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Food & Beverage (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Furniture (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Metalworking (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Nonwoven Textiles (Portuguese)
- Charlotte USA Plastics (Portuguese)