There are 194 German-owned firms in Charlotte USA including 59 U.S. headquarters; making Germany the most largely represented foreign country in the region. With daily nonstop flights to Frankfurt and Munich and an active German community, the partnership between Charlotte USA and Germany is strong.
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 850 foreign-owned firms, eight Fortune 500 company headquarters and a growing population of more than 2.6 million residents.
Why have German 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 five European destinations
- Lufthansa offers daily nonstop service to Munich. From Munich, travelers are only one stop from almost any destination in the world.
- 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
- Germany receives 13 percent of the Carolinas’ exports
- Honorary German consul living in Charlotte, N.C.
- Annual German festivals including Maifest Festival and Oktoberfest
- South End Jazz supports German-American educational exchanges on a high school and university level through the celebration of American Jazz
- The Alemannia Society - a non-profit organization supports the German language and culture in the Charlotte area
- Both Pfeiffer University and Winthrop University partner with German universities for student exchange in both graduate and undergraduate programs.
- Local students have access to foreign language immersion programs for Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish as well as participate in an esteemed International Baccalaureate program that fosters a comprehensive global educational experience
Siemens Energy, a German turbine and generator manufacturer, announced a $170 million, 825 job expansion in March, 2010. The company already employs 780 people at its Charlotte campus. The expansion will total 450,000 square feet, including a 380,000-square-foot plant that will house North American operations for producing and repairing gas turbines.
Sennebogen North America recently opened a new 48,000-square-foot parts distribution and technical support center in Lincoln County, N.C. The company, headquartered in Straubing, Germany, will also use the building to train operators for its equipment.
Henkel Corp., a producer of electronics-related adhesives, will spend $23.7 million to add 103 jobs to its manufacturing operation in Rowan County. Henkel is a unit of Henkel AG & Co. of Düsseldorf, Germany.
Reports & Profiles
- German Firms Directory and Map
- Charlotte Regional Partnership Vorstellung
- 2010 Carolinas Foreign Investment Profile – Germany
- Overview of health sector (2-pager) - German
- Overview of energy sector (2-pager) - German
- Overview of aerospace and defense sector (2-pager) - German