Foreign Firms in the Charlotte Region

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Research for Charlotte’s International Review is funded by the Charlotte Chamber. Included in this list are companies with at least 50 percent foreign ownership. To purchase a database of foreign-owned firms, visit our online store.

Charlotte’s rich economic base, strengthened by diverse industries, attracts foreign-owned companies and valuable employees. For foreign-owned firms in particular, Charlotte offers exceptional air service, foreign trade zones, transparent government and business practices, and numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on international business, foreign policy and global culture.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is home to the honorary consuls of Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Charlotte Foreign Trade Zone, which allows goods to be imported from overseas duty free and stored or manufactured into a product, is one of the largest in the state.

Charlotte is America’s second-largest financial center, home to the world headquarters of Bank of America, the nation’s second-largest bank. Bank of America operates in hundreds of cities in 43 countries, including the financial capitals of Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Zurich.

High Quality of Life
Charlotte offers a high quality of life, offering below-average cost of living, world-class arts, major league sports, diverse housing options and world-class education. With such a great foundation for growth, companies operating in Charlotte successfully recruit talent from all regions of the U.S. and from around the world. Approximately 14 percent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents were born outside of the United States.

Emphasis on Education

Charlotte’s future strength lies in its excellent education system. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) supports and encourages cultural and foreign-language education in its 164 schools. The Carolina International School is located just outside of Charlotte in Cabarrus County. Many of the colleges and universities in the Carolinas are recognized for their excellence. Outside of traditional programs, local schools such as Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte operate workforce development programs. The local workforce development board, CharlotteWorks, proactively works with new and existing employers to fill open positions, often through job training CMS operates four language immersion schools with programs in German, French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

There are also nine private international schools that help students maintain language skills and identities of the following cultures:
• British
• Chinese
• German
• Greek
• Japanese
• Korean
• Russian
• Swedish

Country Firms Locations Employees
Germany 199 231 14,487
United Kingdom 118 163 6,585
Canada 99 116 4,316
Japan 80 89 4,857
Switzerland 57 71 3,067
France 56 67 4,632
Italy 50 51 2,237
The Netherlands 50 59 3,767
Sweden 38 49 2,893
China 38 41 1,599
Ireland 21 28 3,657
Australia 18 21 782
India 16 16 153
Austria 14 15 795
Belgium 14 14 316
Denmark 11 12 1,170
Mexico 11 15 611
Taiwan 11 11 189
South Korea 9 9 551
Brazil 8 12 1,429
Finland 8 8 293
Spain 7 8 189
Israel 6 7 246
Luxembourg 6 6 419
South Africa 6 6 88
Bermuda 5 6 772
Singapore 4 4 635
Czech Republic 4 4 19
Colombia 2 8 167
Liechtenstein 2 2 16
New Zealand 2 2 12
Norway 2 2 12
Saudi Arabia 2 3 275
United Arab Emirates 2 2 18
Honduras 1 1 1
Iceland 1 1 310
Indonesia 1 1 75
Kuwait 1 1 9
Lebanon 1 1 102
Malaysia 1 1 5
Monaco 1 1 2
Portugal 1 2 50
Turkey 1 1 2
Venezuela 1 1 1
Grand Total 986 1,169 61,811