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Vivian Powell

Operations Manager

Global Companies

North Carolina is the tenth largest state in the nation for foreign-direct investment, employing more than 206,700 workers in various trades, and companies representing nearly 65 countries. International jobs are a local specialty here.

Foreign companies that locate and invest here enhance our economy and make us more globally competitive, while at the same time boosting their own bottom lines with central access to important U.S. markets and expertise.

AW North Carolina (Japan), BASF and Bayer CropScience (Germany), GlaxoSmithKline (United Kingdom), Novo Nordisk and Novozymes (Denmark), Lenovo (China), and Saab Barracuda (Sweden) are just a few of the many foreign-based companies that have become long-time members of our corporate community.

Not to say there haven’t been some newcomers to join their ranks in recent years – ABB, Credit Suisse and Novartis (Switzerland), bioMérieux and CertainTeed (France), Deutsche Bank (Germany), HCL Technologies (India), and Shalag and Spuntech (Israel) have all brought new energy, new global linkages and new capacity that supports our important clusters.

Our international companies work in R&D, advanced manufacturing and services in a range of industries – from pharmaceuticals to information technology, from financial services to auto parts, and from smart textiles to smart energy and industrial enzymes. It’s truly a whole world of variety… and diversity.