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International Activity

Trade advantages and tax savings at Foreign Trade Zone #181, a general-purpose zone near Akron- Canton Airport, and at several sub-zones throughout the region, make the region a cost-effective location for international companies expanding into the North American market.


  • Akron USA, a domestic/international marketing initiative between the City of Akron and the Greater Akron Chamber attended international trade meetings and shows in 2014 at:
    • Shantou, China; meetings and tour of Guangdong Greatoo Molds 
    • Dusseldorf, Germany; Medica Trade Show 
    • Kaunas, Lithuania; City of Akron-Kaunas Technical University Technology Bridge Project 
    • Helsinki, Finland; City of Akron-Helsinki Business & Technology Park Bridge Project
  • 4,000+ international companies from 42 countries operate in Ohio, employing more than 178,994 people.
  • In Greater Akron, 100 foreign owned companies employ over 7,661 people, making it one of the largest metropolitan areas of employment by international companies in the State of Ohio.
  • In May of 2014, an international agreement was signed between the Netherlands and Akron, Ohio.
  • Within the last five years, international companies such as Seven Signal (Finland), Triangle Tire (China), MESNAC (China) and RÖchling (Germany) have located within the Akron region.
  • Akron USA hosted international companies from the following countries:
    • Hosted two companies from Lithuania
    • Hosted company from Dresden, Germany (Company’s initial visit to NEO)
    • Hosted business delegation from Israel
    • Hosted business delegation from the Netherlands
    • 135 attendees from around the world participated in the initial “Akron Global Water Alliance Conference” at the University of Akron
    • Hosted three companies from Turin, Italy
    • Hosted academic delegation from Qingdao University in China.

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Hannover 2016

The Chamber and the City of Akron led the 16-member "Akron, USA" team, including the cities of Fairlawn and Mentor, Counties of Lake and Summit, FirstEnergy and Team NEO, at the 2016 Hannover Messe in Germany. The Hannover Messe is the largest industrial trade show in the world.  Led by County of Summit Executive Russ Pry, the delegation had 60 pre-scheduled meetings with international companies looking to invest in the U.S., and also met with representatives of ContiTech, parent company of Veyance Technologies in Fairlawn. This year's show was unique in that the U.S. was the "host" country, and President Obama participated in the opening ceremony. Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor attended as state ambassador and met with our delegation in the U.S. Pavilion.

"In an effort to attract foreign direct investment, the 'Akron, USA' team has attended the Hannover Trade Fair for 27 straight years," said Russ Pry. "As a result of our participation, we have been at the forefront as one of the largest, most established American presence in marketing our region to international companies looking to both invest and create jobs in our community."


The City of Akron and Greater Akron Chamber once again co-chaired "Akron USA's" participation at the MEDICA Show in Dusseldorf, Germany, one of the largest healthcare events in the world. A delegation including Summit County, City of Fairlawn, SNS Nano Fiber Technology and Brennan Manna Diamond went to support and expand the medical cluster in the Greater Akron Region.   More than 125,000 attendees from 100 countries and 4,000 exhibitors from 50+ countries participated. "Akron, USA" had 60 scheduled meetings with international companies looking to establish a presence or expand into the North American marketplace. As a result, six international companies have already shown their intention to visit the Greater Akron Region in late 2015/early 2016.  "Akron, USA" also addressed a business forum in Turin, Italy with more than 25 Italian companies registered.
Sponsorship for this event resulted from a public-private partnership with Barberton Community Development Corporation, FirstEnergy, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and the Mayor's Association of Portage, Summit and Stark Counties.  "This was the first international trade show I've had the opportunity to participate in," said Jeff Fusco, then-Mayor of Akron. "Without question, our community has a successful track record and is seen as a portal for those looking to do business in the United States."

K-Show 2013

For the 10th time, Summit County, the City of Akron, the City of Fairlawn, Team NEO and the Greater Akron Chamber joined forces to participate at the K Show. Hosted in Dusseldorf, Germany, this is the largest plastics, polymer and rubber exhibition in the world. Private sector participants, including BCG & COMPANY, Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation and Replex Plastics, joined the team.

The Greater Akron delegates met with more than 55 pre-qualified, international companies looking to invest in North America. A meeting was also had with representatives from Baden-Wurttemberg, a region that is home to a large number of automotive companies such as Bosch, Daimler AG and Porsche and parts suppliers to Ford of Europe and GM/Opel/Vauxhaul.

"By collaborating with the City of Akron and Greater Akron Chamber, we were able to strengthen our international presence and profile by meeting with our European partners -and potential clients - in their own backyard," stated Jim Keeslar, a partner with BCG & Company.

"The K Show provides a receptive audience that is not only aware of the 'Greater Akron Brand' but one that also wants to learn more about what we can offer companies looking to invest and create jobs in our community," stated Summit County Executive Russell M. Pry.