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Open for Business: Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing and Increasing Investment in the United States

October 6, 2015

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog

Post by Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce

The United States is the world’s best place to do business. Our country is home to a skilled and productive workforce, unmatched institutions of higher education, strong intellectual property protections, a commitment to innovation, an abundant and stable energy supply, and access to millions of global consumers through high-quality free trade agreements. For these reasons and more, CEOs from around the world have ranked the U.S. as the number one place to invest for three years in a row.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce will host the third SelectUSA Investment Summit on June 19-21, 2016 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit

In 2015, we welcomed investments from businesses of all sizes, from budding entrepreneurs to major multinationals like Nissan, ABB Group, Novo Nordisk, and Daimler Chrysler.  These companies can choose to operate anywhere, but they chose the United States.  We remain home to more foreign direct investment (FDI) than any other country in the world.

FDI generates growth and creates jobs in many sectors of the American economy, including manufacturing. U.S. manufacturing is in the midst a real comeback, with companies adding nearly 900,000 manufacturing jobs since February 2010 and new factories opening their doors at the fastest rate in decades. Our most recent data demonstrates that foreign investors have played a critical role in this growth. FDI in the U.S. manufacturing sector reached $1.05 trillion (2014) and supports 2.2 million jobs (2012).  Furthermore, U.S. affiliates of international companies spend $48 billion annually on research and development, which drives both innovation and exports.

On Friday, we celebrated Manufacturing Day, but year-round, this Administration is focused on what it takes to keep American manufacturing strong, to attract job-creating global investment, and to build a competitive 21st century economy.

I am excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Commerce will host the third SelectUSA Investment Summit on June 19-21, 2016 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

Established by President Obama in 2011, SelectUSA promotes and facilitates business investment by working with companies that want to establish U.S. operations and by partnering with U.S. economic development organizations to attract them. In the past four years, SelectUSA has assisted in winning over $17 billion of deals across the country.

The SelectUSA Investment Summit, the initiative’s showcase event, is the premier venue for international investors of all sizes to find the right place, with the people, resources, and market they need to be successful. At the last Summit, investors from over 70 foreign markets and economic development representatives from all 50 U.S. states joined President Obama, six Cabinet Secretaries, three Governors, and dozens of leading CEOs from major international firms and SMEs to learn more about the U.S. investment climate and opportunities for investment.

To learn more, I hope you will consider joining us at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit. Please sign up for the SelectUSA email list by visiting, and you will be the first to know when registration goes live.


HANNOVER MESSE: Meet the Entire World of Industrial Technology at One Trade Show

September 28, 2015

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog

Since 1947, there have been plenty of advances in industrial technology. But one thing that has stayed the same is that HANNOVER MESSE remains the premier trade event to learn about the latest trends, the top companies, and the most innovative solutions in the sector.

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Hannover Messe is April 25-29 in Germany.

That said, 2016 will be a singular year in the history of the 68-year-old trade event. For the first time, the United States is the Partner Country for HANNOVER MESSE, and that means more opportunity and greater exposure for U.S. companies and economic development organizations (EDOs).

This trade show regularly attracts more than 200,000 attendees from across the industrial technology sector, which includes a worldwide audience of buyers, distributors, resellers, and investors. Next year, U.S. companies and EDOs that join HANNOVER MESSE as exhibitors will get a prime location exhibiting in the U.S. Pavilions, so they can showcase their goods, services, and investment opportunities to the largest possible audience.

What’s more, the U.S. Commercial Service and SelectUSA teams will be on hand to make sure each company or EDO makes the most out of the show. Our teams will provide one-on-one counseling and help connect exhibitors to the best opportunities available at the event.

The bottom line is that an already great trade event is now even better for just about any U.S. organization in energy, industrial automation, digital factory, industrial supply, or research and technology.

The United States has demonstrated its commitment to industrial technology and advanced manufacturing, and HANNOVER MESSE gives the country and the U.S. business community the opportunity to demonstrate U.S. leadership in the field.

Visit to learn more about the opportunities for your company or EDO at HANNOVER MESSE. Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter using #HM16USA. Have questions? Contact us at


HANNOVER MESSE 2016: One Place to Showcase the Many Reasons Behind U.S. Global Business Leadership

September 1, 2015

Antwaun Griffin is the International Trade Administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operations.

There’s no one reason to explain why global consumers actively seek out U.S. goods and services, and no single explanation why global investors call the United States the best place in the world to invest.

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Hannover Messe is April 25-29 in Germany. Join leading industry experts & witness innovative technologies from across the globe.

A variety of factors keep American companies at the forefront of innovation, on top of advanced manufacturing, research, technology, and education. A stable currency, an educated workforce, and an enormous consumer base – among other factors – maintain our top investment climate.

And while there’s no one reason to explain why the United States leads the way in these areas, there is one place American companies and economic development organizations (EDOs) can show our leadership: HANNOVER MESSE 2016.

Partner Country USA: An Unequaled Advantage for Companies
and EDOs

Global businesses and learn-hannover_originalinvestors have recognized HANNOVER MESSE as a top trade and investment show for decades, but with the United States as the event Partner Country for the first time in history, there is more opportunity for U.S. companies, EDOs, and the nation as a whole to showcase itself as the global business leader.

I want to invite you to be a part of it, joining HANNOVER MESSE as an exhibitor in a U.S. Pavilion.Companies and EDOs that participate as U.S. exhibitors will find unequaled advantage by participating in the U.S. Pavilions:

  • Connect directly to more than 200,000 attendees, including global investors, buyers, distributors, resellers, and members of the business media.
  • Reach a global audience that comes from more than 70 countries.
  • Network with more than 100 business delegations that come to the event ready to make business deals.
  • Connect across industry sectors from energy, industrial automation, digital factory, industrial supply, and research technology.
  • Take advantage of support from the U.S. Commercial Service and SelectUSA including personalized, 1-on-1 counseling tailored to your needs.

It is rare that any company or EDO would get the opportunity to exhibit products, services or investment opportunities to such a large audience, and with the added exposure from the U.S. Pavilion, this event is a can’t-miss opportunity.

I hope you’ll add HANNOVER MESSE to your global strategy in 2016, and please feel free to contact us with questions at


Commercial Service Taiwan Completes U.S. Trade Day and Select USA Roadshow

August 19, 2015

Andrew Edlefsen is the Director of the Las Vegas U.S. Export Assistance Center and currently serves as Global Asia Team Leader.  He has been with ITA for eight years.

CS Taipei Senior Commercial Officer, Ireas Cook (second from right) with state representatives at the U.S. Trade Day opening ceremony.

CS Taipei Senior Commercial Officer, Ireas Cook (second from right) with state representatives at the U.S. Trade Day opening ceremony.

Earlier this month, I participated in the U.S. Trade Day and Select USA Roadshow in Taipei, Taiwan. The Commercial Service Taipei office, part of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), co-organized U.S. Trade Day, currently in its 4th year, in conjunction with the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

U.S. Trade Day has served as an effective platform for U.S. companies to understand the Taiwan business environment and meet with potential buyers and partners.  During the opening ceremony, AIT Director Kin Moy highlighted the burgeoning trade relationship between the U.S. and Taiwan, noting that Taiwan was the U.S.’s 10th largest trading partner in 2014 with total bilateral trade in goods exceeding $67 billion. Among the driving forces for trade growth between Taiwan and the U.S. is foreign direct investment.  The U.S. is currently Taiwan’s largest foreign direct investor, and Taiwan is taking significant steps to reciprocate, as indicated by their strong presence at the 2013 and 2015 Select USA Investment Summits in Washington, DC.

U.S. Trade Day also served as the venue for the first day of the Select USA Taiwan Roadshow, the first event of its kind ever in Taiwan.  With stops in Taipei and Kaohsiung, this roadshow featured five states and one city.  Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, McKinney (Texas), and Virginia – participated to introduce their respective investment destinations to potential Taiwan investors.  CS Taiwan staff also arranged networking events and B2B meetings between representatives of the participating U.S. states and Taiwan businesses.

The U.S. delegates expressed praise for the quality and value of these events and appreciated the chance to promote their investment opportunities to such a large Taiwan audience.


Spotlight on Brazil: Investment Ties Our Economies and Communities Together

July 1, 2015

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Vinai Thummalapally is the Executive Director of SelectUSA.

Graph showing the growth in Brazilian assets in the United States, from $29.2 billion in 2007 to $93.6 billion in 2012. Source: Brazil-US Investments Map by Apex-Brasil.

Graph showing the growth in Brazilian assets in the United States, from $29.2 billion in 2007 to $93.6 billion in 2012. Source: Brazil-US Investments Map by Apex-Brasil.

With Brazil President Dilma Rousseff visiting the United States this week, the U.S.-Brazil relationship is front and center on the national stage. Last week, I spoke at the launch of the Brazil-U.S. Investments Map [PDF], a new report highlighting Brazilian foreign direct investment in the United States. The report was produced by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), the Brazil Industries Coalition, and the National Confederation of Industry of Brazil.

According to the report, the value of Brazilian majority-owned total assets in the United States grew by 221 percent between 2007 and 2012 to $93.6 billion (see graph). The value of U.S. majority-owned total assets in Brazil has also grown during the same period to $283 billion, and represents 53 percent of all U.S. majority-owned assets in South America. This growth in bilateral investment supports many jobs for U.S. and Brazilian workers. As of 2012, U.S. subsidiaries of Brazilian firms employ more than 76,100 workers in the United States according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

During the launch event’s panel discussion , I enjoyed hearing from Antonio Moreira, CEO of North American operations for the global IT company Stefanini. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Stefanini has invested in seven U.S. states during the last 15 years and employs more than 2,000 associates in the United States. According to Moreira, the key to Stefanini’s success has been preserving the company’s culture and values while respecting each community’s local culture and way of doing business.

SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally (third from right) participates in a panel discussion hosted by CSIS Americas for the launch of a new report on U.S-Brazil bilateral investment flows.

SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally (third from right) participates in a panel discussion hosted by CSIS Americas for the launch of a new report on U.S-Brazil bilateral investment flows.

Knowledge-intensive industries such as IT services are critical to U.S.-Brazil bilateral investment—the aerospace sector is another great example. Brazil-based Embraer, the world’s third-largest aircraft manufacturer, has facilities in four U.S. states and a large number of local parts and equipment suppliers in the United States. This highly innovative sector represents a tremendous opportunity for investors, and I hope to see a strong delegation of Brazilian companies at the National Aerospace FDI Exposition in Los Angeles, on October 26-28, 2015.

Across all industries, the U.S. Commercial Service is working closely with local associations in Brazil through the SelectUSA program to support cross-border projects by Brazilian companies looking to start or expand operations in the U.S. market. Here at home, our team of investment experts can help U.S. states, cities, and regions attract Brazilian investors to their communities.

Both international companies and U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs) can take advantage of SelectUSA’s free services to get market-specific information and counseling. I invite all U.S. EDOs to consider signing up for our SelectUSA Road Show to Brazil on December 1-4, 2015, where they will meet directly with investors in three cities. Stay tuned for a webinar in mid-July with more details, and you can contact Investment Specialist Andre Leal with any questions in the meantime.

The future is bright for the U.S.-Brazil economic relationship, and I look forward to welcoming many more Brazilian companies to our communities in the years to come.


SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow Connects U.S. Economic Development Officials With Hundreds of Potential Investors

June 4, 2015

Tim Truman is the supervisory public affairs specialist in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Public Affairs.

Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar (center) joined representatives from 24 U.S. economic development organizations and their partners for the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow stop in Guangzhou.

Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar (center) joined representatives from 24 U.S. economic development organizations and their partners for the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow stop in Guangzhou.

Economic development officials from 11 states and the District of Columbia just spent 12 days visiting nine cities throughout greater China recruiting potential partners and investors to complete important projects in their local areas. The SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow wrapped on May 29 in Shenyang after 470 meetings and matchmaking sessions between U.S. and Chinese officials and business leaders.

“I’m very pleased that our national effort to attract foreign investment into the United States is creating jobs and strengthening state and local economies across the nation,” said U.S. Consul General from Shenyang Scott Weinhold. “The United States welcomes investments from our Chinese colleagues and we look forward to continuing to work together to ensure a brighter future.”

China is among the fastest-growing sources of investment in the United States, with a compound annual growth rate (2009-2013) exceeding 41.5 percent. This Roadshow event followed closely on the heels of the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit in March, where the Chinese delegation was the largest international group for a second consecutive summit.

This was the second time the U.S. Commercial Service and SelectUSA hosted U.S. economic development organizations and their partners seeking investors in China. In 2014, the inaugural SelectUSA Pearl River Delta Roadshow made stops in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shunde, and Guangzhou. This year’s event launched in Hong Kong, and featured stops in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Dalian, Anshan, and Shenyang.

“The SelectUSA China Roadshow provided the unique opportunity to make business connections with companies in areas of China where our state hasn’t previously spent extensive time,” said South Carolina Deputy Secretary of Commerce Jennifer Noel. “As a result of the well-organized, meaningful program, our team was able to continue to introduce and promote South Carolina in the global marketplace.”

“This is the second time we have participated in the SelectUSA Greater China Roadshow,” said Enterprise Florida China Office Director Emma Yeung. “We are very excited that this year’s program expanded to include more cities, bringing us close to different investors across the country. We very much look forward to the next one!”

“I expected to meet investors interested in California and indeed I did, but I did not expect to meet so many interesting, experienced and savvy delegates,” said Ken Petrilla, executive director of the California-China Office of Trade and Investment. “This was an added bonus.”

The United States is home to more direct investment than any other country in the world, with a total stock of $2.8 trillion, and has been ranked No. 1 in the A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index for a third straight year in 2015.

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International Company ABB Invests in Michigan

May 22, 2015

This post originally appeared on the Department of Commerce blog.

Post by Bruce H. Andrews

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at the Michigan ribbon cutting

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews and ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer at the Michigan ribbon cutting

I was thrilled to be in Southeastern Michigan earlier this week to participate in the grand opening of ABB’s first North American manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills.

As global leader in power and automation technologies, ABB’s investment in Michigan demonstrates their commitment to the U.S. market and is a strong signal that America has the most attractive investment climate in the world.

At the event, I was joined by ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Suzi LeVine, Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Martin Dahinden, and SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally.

Our SelectUSA initiative is one way the Department of Commerce is helping international businesses like ABB enter the U.S. market. SelectUSA ensures investors can access the information and resources they need to make smart decisions and navigate federal regulations.

Ambassador LeVine and our SelectUSA team were able to provide actionable information and counseling to ABB that proved useful in their deliberations about their robotics manufacturing operations.

This week’s announcement is a huge win for the city of Auburn Hills, Oakland County, and the entire state of Michigan. ABB currently employs hundreds of workers in the area and expects to see their workforce double through the expansion of the plant, which will manufacture robots and related equipment.

Indeed, when international firms like ABB locate operations in the United States, our workers benefit. As of 2012, international companies employed 5.8 million Americans, and their employees earned higher wages than workers in the economy as a whole.

And when businesses expand their presence here, our communities gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly interconnected global economy. These companies rely on local U.S. suppliers for the goods and services needed to thrive, integrating our cities and towns into robust global supply chains.

That’s why we are committed to bringing even more international investments to our shores, including through SelectUSA, support for expanding our manufacturing sector, and our push for new trade agreements, which will transform U.S. competitiveness by placing the United States at the center of a free trade zone covering two-thirds of global GDP.

The American economic resurgence is real: the private sector has grown for 62 straight months, extending the longest streak on record, with 12.3 million American jobs added during that period. And, as further evidenced by ABB’s announcement, manufacturing is returning from overseas and we have added 900,000 new manufacturing jobs over the last five years.

ABB’s decision to manufacture here was based in their confidence in the quality of American workers, American innovation, and American manufacturing.

The fact is, there is no better time to invest in the United States.


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