TRADE & INVESTMENT
Belgian Investments in the United States
Our Corporate Directory is a list of Belgium-affiliated companies in the U.S.
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Belgian companies have invested about $39 billion in the U.S. as of 2009. Overall,
Belgium is the 15th investor in the United States (figure 7). Belgian investment supports
some 180.000 jobs in the U.S., which makes Belgium the 7th supporter of European jobs in
the U.S. (figure 8).
Figure 7 (click on graph for a large view)
Figure 8 (click on graph for a large view)
Belgian companies are present in the U.S. in a wide range of industries from petrochemicals
to quality food and textiles, from luxury buses and steel products to pharmaceuticals and
energy production, and from diamond cutting tools and industrial machinery to graphic design
and display systems and complex software products.
At the state level, Belgium is among the top 10 foreign investors in Georgia, Ohio,
Pennsylvania and South Carolina. In Georgia alone, 76 Belgian companies are present, employing
about 5800 people. In Ohio, Belgian-owned companies employ over 6600 people. In Pennsylvania,
there are 111 Belgian-owned companies. Even in the remote corners of Wyoming, the 4th largest
foreign company is from Belgium.
Geographically spread over 41 of the 50 U.S. states, operations of Belgian companies are
concentrated in the Southeast, especially in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, the Midwest
and the New York-New Jersey area. Texas and California are well represented too.