Belgian investment in the U.S.
Total Belgian investment in the U.S. has increased more than 50% over the last few years according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, from $28 billion in 2011 to $43 billion in 2015.
Belgium is the 13th foreign investor in the U.S., at a level almost twice as high as Brazil or China, and similar to Australia, Korea and Mexico.
About 300 Belgian companies have a presence on the U.S. market, supporting about 160,000 jobs in the U.S. Belgium is the 10th foreign employer in the U.S.
Almost 30% of the investments are in chemical manufacturing, about 20% in wholesale trade.
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.