There are 90 Canadian firms operating in Charlotte USA, including 16 U.S. and Regional headquarters. Industry leaders such as Gentry Knitting Mills, John Hancock Financial Services, and Fortune 1000 Resolute Forest Products are members of the region’s thriving international community. Nonstop flights to Montreal and Toronto depart daily, and new daily nonstop flights to Ottawa began in May 2010.
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 Canadian firms chosen Charlotte USA?
- Largest Concentration of international firms in the Carolinas, employing more than 50,000 workers
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the 7th busiest airport in the world and has daily nonstop flights to 3 Canadian destinations
- Second largest banking center in the US
- 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% by 2021
- Canada received 20% of the Carolinas’ international exports in 2009
- Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta, GA
- Charlotte chapter of CanSouth, the principal focal point of the Canadian community in the State of North Carolina, holds events throughout the year
- Both Pfeiffer University and Winthrop University partner with French Universities for student exchange in both graduate and undergraduate programs.
- Both International Baccalaureate and French language programs are available to all local students.
PCL Construction Services, Inc opened a Charlotte office in 2008. The general contractor, construction manager and design builder hired 50 full-time employees.
Canadian manufacturer Jig-A-Loo Inc. opened its first American office in Statesville, NC in 2008. The Montreal-based company markets a silicone-based lubricant and water-repellent spray.
- Canadian Firms Directory and Map
- 2009 Carolinas Foreign Investment Profile – Canada
- Overview of health sector (2-pager) - French
- Overview of energy sector (2-pager) - French
- Overview of aerospace and defense sector (2-pager) - French