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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ohio

For over 40 years, companies around the world have chosen to call Ohio their home. These international companies are a welcomed and valued part of the state’s economy.

Ohio has attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) from companies in Europe, Asia, and other regions worldwide. With the help of JobsOhio, the state’s private nonprofit economic development corporation, international companies like yours can benefit from Ohio’s strengths as well as tailored services and incentives to support your investment in the state.

FDI in Ohio

  • Ohio ranks 4th in the U.S. in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects, according to Site Selection Magazine (2020).
  • JobsOhio and its partners have completed over 500 international corporate projects involving $11 billion in capital investment and over 30,000 job.
  • JobsOhio and its partners provide service to over 50 international companies, approximately 40% from Europe, 40% from Asia and the remaining 20% being related to Canada, and other international markets.


“We selected this location because the region offered a site that was ready for our company to start up immediately, and we definitely saw a favorable business environment. In our business, geographical proximity to OEMs is significantly important because we produce large components, meaning the cost of logistics is critical. We see this location as ideal for our customers to the north and south.”

— Alberto Buniato, President of the NAFTA Business Unit, Adler Pelzer Group (Germany)

FDI Success in Ohio

Read some of these stories of successful investment in Ohio by companies worldwide. Click the logos below to read.

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Fuyao Group

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Acura NSX

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Ohio’s FDI Advantages

Ohio has four main strengths that catalyze success for companies of all sizes in every industry.

Ohio’s Business Climate is perfect for Foreign Direct Investment

Business Climate

Ohio’s strong and growing diverse economy, tax structure, and affordable cost of doing business provide stability and predictability for foreign direct investors.
Foreign Direct Investors will find a thriving workforce in Ohio


Ask most executives why they choose Ohio and they’ll tell you it’s the people. Find the workforce you need for current and future positions.

Ohio’s access to logistics and transportation creates a competitive advantage for global companies

Location & Infrastructure

Ohio’s geographic location and infrastructure are among the best in the U.S., offering you the flexibility and speed to reach customers and suppliers quickly and cost effectively.

Foreign Direct Investors will find research and innovation in Ohio

Research & Innovation

Ohio’s network of incubators, universities, funding, and public-private entities support the development and commercialization of new and improved products and services.

Foreign Direct Investment Support

Economic Development Incentives

JobsOhio offers a variety of performance-based incentives to assist companies that are starting, relocating or expanding operations in the state. This funding can support workforce development, research and development, revitalization and other elements to help you grow your business in Ohio.

Global investors can take advantage of economic development incentives in Ohio
Foreign Direct Investors will find construction ready sites in Ohio

Sites and Building Incentives

JobsOhio offers multiple initiatives related to site and building development. From readily available sites to assistance for site upgrades, find the support you need to choose a location, customize the facility and begin operations.

Contact Us

Get in touch with our team to learn about the opportunities in Ohio.

Charlie Rowell Supports Foreign Direct Investment in Ohio
Charlie Rowell
Director, North American Business Development
Europe and Asia
Justin Kocher Supports Foreign Direct Investment in Ohio
Justin Kocher
Director, International Business Development