International Investment in West Virginia
West Virginia is home to more than 130 businesses representing 27 countries from around the world. Global leaders feel at home in West Virginia's friendly communities where they can easily distribute products to their customers throughout the United States via major interstates, river ports and railroads.
For international businesses looking for an easily accessible base of operations in the United States, West Virginia is the perfect location. To support your search in West Virginia, we have offices in Europe, West Virginia and Japan. Our multi-lingual representatives make it easy to research, visit and locate your perfect site. We travel to trade shows and events throughout the world to better serve international businesses and start the conversation.
International Development Division
The International Development Division facilitates international trade and helps to build business relationships through the West Virginia Export Initiative. The Division also:
• Maintains trade offices in Asia (Japan) and Europe (Switzerland) that offer assistance in export development and investment
• Facilitates international trade development to sell West Virginia products and services
• Provides consulting
• Assesses a product’s viability in potential markets
• Locates prospective international business partners
• Sponsors annual trade missions and events in countries such as China, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Our development team also stands ready to assist current West Virginia businesses looking to expand operations through exports and establish global connects.
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Our International Locations
West Virginia's Nagoya Office celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. Nagoya is a manufacturing and shipping hub about three hours from Tokyo, and West Virginia's continued presence and relationship-building there has been largely responsible for the automotive manufacturing companies that have located in West Virginia.
Since 1986, the recruitment of Japanese investment has been a key part of West Virginia’s economic development strategy. The partnership between Japan and West Virginia has been successful, and Governor Jim Justice looks to continue this business relationship. Today, 21 Japanese companies operate in West Virginia and employ more than 3,300 people.
West Virginia is home to many companies from around the world. Our office in Zurich, Switzerland, provides a central point of contact for global companies. The International office in Europe provides companies with personal assistance and strategic information to open or expand a West Virginia location.
Members of our team speak German, Italian, French and Spanish. We are ready to listen to your company's needs and help find solutions. We are present at many trade shows and expos throughout Europe and are glad to share more information.
West Virginia Europe Office
Zurich World Trade Center
Tel: 41-44-308 3902