FDI Preferred Destination

The U.S. is the world’s
largest market.

Our community can help your business reach it.

Foreign Direct Investment in Columbus, Indiana

For almost five decades, the communities of Columbus, Edinburgh, and Bartholomew County, Indiana, have been leaders in supporting foreign direct investment projects by traveling the globe to welcome the operations of leading firms such as Toyota Material Handling (Japan), NTN Driveshafts (Japan), Enkei (Japan), Forvia/Faurecia (France), Georg Utz (Switzerland), PMG (Germany), Lindal (Germany), CLAAS (Germany),  Yinlun (China), Axiscades (India), and many more.

Today, more than 35 international companies employ 9,000+ persons locally.



The #1 source of our community’s foreign direct investment has been Japan, with two dozen Japanese companies choosing us for their U.S. home. Combined, these firms employ 5,000+ jobs locally, and Japanese employers enjoy our welcoming community, safe environment, and Kaizen-trained workforce.

European companies also feel at home and enjoy the level of technical training found in our schools, production strengths, and focus on precision.  Our location in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone also allows up to three additional shared work hours with the home office, without the added costs of a U.S. East Coast operation.

We’re also seeing growth in engineering service firms from India, welcoming operations of AXISCADES, Birlasoft, and KPIT Technologies.

Companies from all over the globe choose us because we understand the needs of international operations, and because they are seeking a welcoming, safe, and affordable community that will also offer the perfect mix of production, engineering, and logistics strengths.

International Residents

Stemming from the growth of our international companies as well as from local firms who recruit internationally, the Columbus community offers a richness of international diversity that is not found in any other Midwestern community of our size.

By the Numbers


Employed Locally by 35 Foreign-Owned Companies


Speak 54 unique languages in our public schools

New Residents

Welcomed to Bartholomew County from Foreign Countries from 2011-2020

Our international residents continue to add to the fabric of our community, and you’ll see their influence at places like “Friendship Alley” in downtown Columbus, the “Our House Japan” exhibit at the kidscommons children’s museum, Chinese Language School, Sri Ganesh Mandir Temple, and more.

For more information on what makes Columbus a friendly, welcoming place to live and do business, please visit ColumbusTalent.com.

For information on our community’s Sister City and Friendship City relationships, please visit the City of Columbus page here.


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