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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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The work of the Greater Akron Chamber is not limited to just one industry or one region. Our talented team of employees and partners work together to make a difference with projects on both a local and global scale, always emphasizing improving the livelihood, resources, and sustainability of Greater Akron.

Hannover 2018

For the 29th consecutive year, the Greater Akron Chamber and City of Akron co-chaired the “Akron, USA” delegation at the 2018 Hannover Messe in Germany.  Also participating were the County of Summit, Cities of Fairlawn and Mentor, Kent State University and FirstEnergy.  With more than 210,000 attendees and 5,000 exhibitors from more than 75 countries, the Hannover Messe is the largest industrial trade show in the world.  The twelve-member “Akron, USA” delegation conducted more than 60 meetings with international companies looking to invest in the United States.  A number of companies have already indicated their intention to visit the Greater Akron Region during the second half of 2018.  While in Hannover, a meeting was also conducted with representatives from the management team of Continental AG, the parent company of ContiTech which has its North American headquarters in the City of Fairlawn.

“Over the years, our collective efforts have resulted in a measurable level of success with regard to attracting Foreign Direct Investment,” stated Mayor William Roth of the City of Fairlawn.  “We have also leveraged our time in Hannover to conduct productive one on one meetings with a number of international companies that already have a significant presence in Northeast Ohio.”


For the seventh consecutive year, the Greater Akron Chamber and City of Akron co-chaired “Akron, USA’s” participation at the 2017 MEDICA Trade Show in Dusseldorf, Germany.  MEDICA is the largest medical show in the world.  The “Akron, USA” delegation was a collaborative effort that also included the County of Summit, City of Fairlawn and FirstEnergy.  NEOMED was a sponsor of the “Akron, USA” booth and their REDIzone - which supports biotechnology companies and concepts - was highlighted during meetings with international companies looking for R&D partners and technology transfer operations.

MEDICA is just one of a number of domestic and international trade shows related to targeted industry clusters such as automotive, health care and plastics/polymers in an effort to market the Greater Akron Region to global companies looking to either establish or expand their presence in North America.
This year’s event saw an increase in the number of exhibitors registered for the annual event.  It was reported that 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries participated and final attendance figures were projected to be in excess of 125,000 from more than 125 countries.

“Akron, USA” conducted more than 65 pre-scheduled meetings with international companies interested in learning more about the Greater Akron Region.  In addition, the Greater Akron Chamber conducted a series of side conversations with our European counterparts, including a number of economic development organizations from the German states of Bavaria, Baden Württemberg and Saxony.

Trade show activities were reported back daily by the Greater Akron Chamber and posted on Social Media via both Facebook and Twitter.  

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.