Foreign Direct Investment in Columbus, IN

For more than four decades, the communities of Columbus and Bartholomew County, Indiana, have been leaders in supporting foreign direct investment projects by welcoming the operations of leading firms such as Faurecia, NTN Driveshafts, Toyota Material Handling, Enkei, Dorel Juvenile Products, and many more. The #1 source of our community’s foreign direct investment has been Japan, with more than two dozen Japanese companies choosing us for their U.S. home. Companies from all over the globe choose us because we understand the needs of international operations, and because they are seeking a welcoming community that will offer them the perfect mix of production, engineering, and logistics strengths.


Stemming from the growth of both our international companies as well as from our 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. In our public schools, 1,300 students speak 54 unique languages. Census figures also indicate that our population grew 3% over the past five years with an average of one new international resident per year.
For more information on what makes Columbus a friendly, welcoming place to live and do business, please visit our “”Living Here” section of our site.

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

For more information on our major employers and international companies, please see the below table.

Top Primary & Other Major Employers

 Company NameEstimated FTEPrimary SectorIndustryLocal OperationsForeign Owned Enterprise?
1Cummins Inc.7937ManufacturingDiesel Engines & Power Gen.Global HQ, Engineering, Production
2Columbus Regional Health1698HealthcareHospitalHospital & Health Services
3Faurecia Clean Mobility1635ManufacturingEmissions ControlsNorth American R&D, ProductionFrance
4Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation1602EducationEducationLocal K-12 Schools
5NTN Driveshaft Inc1575ManufacturingAutomotive DriveshaftsProductionJapan
6Toyota Material Handling, Inc.1423ManufacturingMaterial Moving EquipmentNorth American HQ, R&D, ProductionJapan
7Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.882ManufacturingChild Safety ProductsNorth American R&D, ProductionCanada
8Enkei America, Inc.619ManufacturingAutomotive WheelsNorth American R&D, ProductionJapan
9City of Columbus425GovernmentGovernmentGovernment
10Rightway Fasteners, Inc.405ManufacturingAutomotive FastenersProductionJapan
11Hisada America380ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
12Bartholomew County Government370GovernmentGovernmentGovernment
13PMG Indiana Corporation308ManufacturingPowdered Metal ComponentsProductionGermany
14SIHO282InsuranceHealth InsuranceOffice
15Centra Credit Union281BankingCredit UnionHeadquarters & Banking Operations
16Columbus Container, Inc.271ManufacturingPaperboard ProductsProduction
17Mariah Foods Corp.270ManufacturingFood ManufacturingProduction
19Impact Forge247ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProduction
21LHP Engineering Solutions200EngineeringEngineering ServicesEngineering Services
22Sunright America, Inc.179ManufacturingAutomotive FastenersProductionJapan
23Hoosier Air Transport, Inc.175LogisticsTrucking ServicesTrucking Services
24KPIT170Engineering ServicesEngineering ServicesEngineering ServicesIndia
25Elwood Staffing Services, Inc.150Employment ServicesEmployment ServicesUS HQ & Staffing Services
26Force Construction Company Inc150ConstructionConstructionHQ, Civil & General Construction
27Bradford Soap Works145ManufacturingSoap ProductsProduction
28West Container Repair Inc139LogisticsTruckingTrucking Services
29MACtac137ManufacturingPaper ProductsProductionJapan
30AK Tube LLC132ManufacturingSteel TubingProduction
31Ivy Tech Community College131EducationEducationHigher Education/College
32AIM Media (The Republic)130MediaNews (Digitial & Print)Office
33Capco, LLC121ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
34Dunlap and Company Incorporated120ConstructionConstructionGeneral & Mechanical Construction
35Tulip-Richardson Manufacturing120ManufacturingBattery ComponentsProduction
36Centersone of Indiana, Inc.112HealthcareMental Health ServicesMental Health Services
37Sacoma International112ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProduction
38Rocktenn Cp, LLC110ManufacturingPaper ProductsProduction
39Master Power Transmission106ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProduction
40SABIC Innovative Plastics102ManufacturingChemicalsProductionSaudi Arabia
41Nagakura Engineering Works Company Inc101ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
42Falcon Manufacturing / Phoenix Group100Manufacturing & LogisticsMisc. Components & DistributionProduction & Distribution
43First Financial Bank100BankingFinancial ServicesBanking Operations
Other Notable Foreign-Owned Employers
Company NameEstimated FTEPrimary SectorIndustryLocal OperationsForeign Owned Enterprise?
Itsuwa USA76ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
Nikkei M.C. Aluminum America, Inc.73ManufacturingAluminum ProductsProductionJapan
Lindal North America, Inc.68ManufacturingPlastic Aerosol ValvesProductionGermany
Georg Utz Inc63ManufacturingPlastic ContainersProductionSwitzerland
Claas of America60LogisticsAgricultural EquipmentDistributionGermany
Precision Tools Service, Inc54Sales & ServiceSales & ServiceSales & ServiceJapan
Hoosier Metalform, Inc.50ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
Kamic Corp.49ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
Enkei America Moldings30ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
SGS29Engineering ServicesEngineering ServicesEngineering ServicesSwitzerland
OSR Inc25ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
Tsune America LLC24ManufacturingMachineryProductionJapan
Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.20LogisticsLogisticsLogisticsJapan
Nakashima Indiana Mfg9ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
Daiei7ManufacturingMetal ComponentProductionJapan
DKK of America5ManufacturingAutomotive ComponentsProductionJapan
YinChang5LogisticsVarious ComponentsDistributionChina
AxisCades5Engineering ServicesEngineering ServicesEngineering ServicesIndia
Ibiden USA Corporation4Engineering ServicesEngineering ServicesEngineering ServicesJapan
Shinsho America2ManufacturingSteel WireProductionJapan
Kousei2Sales & ServiceSales & ServiceSales & ServiceJapan
Columbus & Bartholomew County, Aug 2020 Estimates. Figures have been estimated by the Greater Columbus EDC using available resources. Some Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) headcounts may include temporary full-time employees while others may only reference permanent or equivalent headcounts. Companies who mostly employ part-time postions (such as large retail chains) have not been included.