Foreign Direct Investment

International Companies

  • Texas features the 10th largest economy in the world and is home to more than 50 Fortune 500 companies.
  • More than 1,500 foreign corporations have ongoing operations in Texas.
  • 23 foreign corporations have ongoing operations in Galveston County!

 

International Company Foreign Parent Company
Aggreko
Aggreko
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Aldo U.S.
Aldo US
Canada
Canada
BMW of North America
BMW of North America
Germany
Germany
BP Amoco Chemical Company
BP Amoco Chemical Company
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Clipper Americas
Clipper Americas
Denmark
Denmark
Draeger Safety Diagnostics
Draeger Safety Diagnostics
Germany
Germany
Durham School Services
Durham School Services
United Kingdom
Germany
GT Instruments
gt instruments parent company
France
France
Hennes & Mauritz H&M
hennes mauritz
Sweden
Sweden
Inchcape Shipping Services
Inchcape Shipping Services
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA
ineos olefins polymers usa
Switzerland
Switzerland
INEOS Technologies
INEOS Technologies
Switzerland
Switzerland
INEOS USA
INEOS USA
Switzerland
Switzerland
Intertek Moody
Intertek Moody
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Intertek-USA-Texas City
Intertek-USA-Texas City
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Matheson Tri-Gas
Matheson Tri-Gas
Japan
Japan
Norwegian Marine Services
Norwegian Maritime Services
Norway
Norway
Oiltanking Texas City
Oiltanking
Germany
Germany
Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine
Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Perimed
Perimed
Sweden
Sweden
SGS North America
SGS North America
Switzerland
Switzerland
Vossloh Track Material
Vossloh Track Material
Germany
Germany
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Americas
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Americas
Norway
Norway

Recent Announcement

  • INEOS Oligomers
    • A division of INEOS AG based in Switzerland
    • Announced plans to add a new linear alpha olefin (LAO) unit at INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA’s Chocolate Bayou petrochemical complex in Alvin, Texas, which borders Galveston County
    • Creation of 70 new jobs
    • $400 million in capital investment

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Air Access

  • Hobby Airport
    • Galveston County is located 6 miles from Hobby Airport in Houston.
    • Hobby Airport provides international service to Mexico and Central and South America.
    • 4 runways ranging from 5,000 ft. long to 7,600 ft. long
    • Over 150 daily nonstop flights to more than 40 cities are serviced out of Hobby.
    • Hobby Airport is a hub for Southwest Airlines.
    • Multiple other airlines have flights out of Hobby:
      • American Airlines
      • Delta
      • JetBlue

    Hobby Airport

    Hobby Airport

    Hobby Airport

  • Ellington Airport
    • Ellington Airport is one of just ten spaceports in the United States.
    • Ellington Airport is located 12 miles north Galveston County near NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
    • Ellington Airport is home to numerous military operations:
      • Texas Air National Guard
      • Army National Guard
      • Coast Guard
    • With its newly christened designation as a spaceport, Ellington Airport offers many opportunities for commercial development.
    • 3 runways including one that is 8,000 ft. long and one that is 9,000 ft. long

    Ellington Airport

    Ellington Airport

  • Scholes International Airport
    • Scholes International Airport on Galveston Island is an FBO with 24-hour service.
    • Scholes features two 6,000 ft. runways that are long enough to accommodate airplanes as large as the Boeing 767.
    • Scholes has more than 60,000 aircraft operations per year.

    scholes

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport
    • Galveston County is located 42 miles to George Bush Intercontinental Airport which serves more than 40 million passengers per year.
    • Bush Airport is the 7th largest international passenger gateway into the US.
    • Bush Airport is the 7th busiest airport in the world for total aircraft movements.
    • Bush Airport is a United Hub.
    • Bush Airport is the 12th largest gateway for international cargo moved into the US.

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    George Bush Intercontinental Airport

    United Airlines

Foreign Trade Zones

  • Foreign Trade Zones are the domestic variation on the “free trade zone” concept—secure areas under the supervision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection that are considered outside the customs territory for the purposes of duty payment.
  • Zone status may also make sites eligible for state and local tax benefits.
  • Galveston County has 2 Foreign Trade Zones:
    • Galveston:
      • Grantee: Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves Operator: Port of Galveston P.O. Box 328, Galveston, TX 77553 Diane Falcioni (409) 766-6121 Fax (409) 766-6107
    • Texas City:
      • FTZ No. 199 Texas City Grantee: Texas City Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation P.O. Box 2608, Texas City, TX 77592 Nicholas Finan (409) 643-5927 Fax (409) 942-1073

US Ports of Entry

  • Galveston County is adjacent to 2 US Ports of Entry:
    • Port of Houston
      • Deepwater Port
      • Busiest port in US in terms of foreign tonnage
      • 2nd busiest port in US in terms of overall tonnage
      • 13th busiest port in the world
      • 2 Cargo Container Terminals
      • 5 Major General Cargo Terminals
      • Part of Foreign Trade Zone

      Port of Houston

    • Port Freeport
      • Deepwater Port
      • Equipped to handle: cargo & breakbulk operations, container operations, heavy lift, RO/RO
      • Foreign Trade Zone
      • 800 vessel calls per year

      Port Freeport

    Additional Ports

    • In addition to the 2 ports of entry mentioned above, Galveston County is home to the following ports:
      • Port of Galveston
        • Deepwater Port
        • Equipped to handle: containers, dry and liquid bulk, breakbulk, RO/RO, refrigerated and project cargoes.
        • Foreign Trade Zone
        • 4th busiest cruise port in the US
        • Ranked #7 in tanker calls among US ports
        • The following Companies call on the Port of Galveston:
          • ARC – American Roll-On, Roll-Off Carrier
          • Del Monte
          • Hoegh Autoliners
          • K Line Ro Ro
          • WWL -  Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

        Port of Galveston

      • Port of Texas City
        • Deepwater Port
        • 11th busiest port in the US in terms of overall annual tonnage
        • UP Railroad and BNSF Railway
        • Foreign Trade Zone
        • Ranked #4 in tanker calls among US ports
        • Over $270 billion in annual economic activity

        Port of Texas City

        Port of Texas City

      Rail Access

      Galveston County Rail Access

      • Galveston County is served by the following: Union Pacific, BNSF, Galveston Railroad (Genesee & Wyoming)
        Union PacificBNSF RailwayGalveston Railroad

      Taxes & Business Costs

      • We feature major tax and business costs advantages including the following:
        • No state corporate income tax
        • No state individual income tax
        • Only state in USA that does not require private companies to have workers’ compensation insurance.
        • Visit our incentives page to learn what you could qualify for, link to incentives

      Engineering Talent

      • 10,653 Civil Engineers
      • 7,957 Mechanical Engineers
      • 4,149 Electrical Engineers
      • 2,874 Chemists
      • 2,835 Engineers, All Other
      • 2,127 Aerospace Engineers
      • 1,148 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
      • 785 Computer Hardware Engineers
      • 258 Biomedical Engineers
      • 135 Nuclear Engineers
      • 9,200 Petroleum Engineers
      • 4,672 Industrial Engineers
      • 4,064 Chemical Engineers
      • 2,858 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
      • 1,413 Health and Safety Engineers
      • 873 Environmental Engineers
      • 595 Materials Engineers
      • 572 Mining and Geological Engineers
      • 10,653 Civil Engineers
      • 9,200 Petroleum Engineers
      • 7,957 Mechanical Engineers
      • 4,672 Industrial Engineers
      • 4,149 Electrical Engineers
      • 4,064 Chemical Engineers
      • 2,874 Chemists
      • 2,858 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
      • 2,835 Engineers, All Other
      • 2,127 Aerospace Engineers
      • 1,413 Health and Safety Engineers
      • 1,148 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
      • 873 Environmental Engineers
      • 785 Computer Hardware Engineers
      • 595 Materials Engineers
      • 572 Mining and Geological Engineers
      • 258 Biomedical Engineers
      • 135 Nuclear Engineers

      Research and Development

          • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
            • Features 19 research institutes in the field of medicine
          • Texas A&M University Galveston
            • Features 24 research institutes in the field of marine studies
          • NASA
            • Located on the northern border of Galveston County
            • Features 7 research areas

      University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston - Texas A&M University Galveston - NASA

      Support Services

      The following numbers of supporting companies are located within Galveston County:

      • 108 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
      • 77 Commercial Banks
      • 50 Electrical Contractors
      • 34 Credit Unions
      • 26 Industrial Machinery Wholesalers
      • 22 Temporary Help Agencies
      • 21 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance
      • 15 Industrial Building Construction Contractors
      • 15 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
      • 12 Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
      • 11 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
      • 11 Marketing Consulting Companies
      • 10 Roofing Contractors
      • 10 Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
      • 9 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
      • 8 Security Guards and Patrol Services Companies
      • 8 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Leasing Companies
      • 7 Petroleum Refineries
      • 6 Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction Companies
      • 6 R&D in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences Companies
      • 5 Advertising Agencies
      • 5 Industrial Gas Manufacturing Companies
      • 5 Ship Building and Repairing Companies
      • 4 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing Companies
      • 4 Software Publishers
      • 4 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less than Truckload
      • 3 Plate Work Manufacturing Companies
      • 3 Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Solid Waste Landfill Companies
      • 2 Oil and Gas Field Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Engineered Wood Member (except Truss) Manufacturing Company
      • 2 Motor and Generator Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Commercial Air, Rail, and Water Transportation Equipment Rental and Leasing Companies
      • 1 Power Boiler and Heath Exchanger Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Industrial Valve Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Plastics Packaging Film and Sheet Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Machine Tool Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Concrete Pipe Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Collection Agency
      • 1 International Trade Financing Company
      • 1 Industrial Design Service Company
      • 100 Offices of Lawyers
      • 70 Engineering Services
      • 48 Computer Systems Design Services Companies
      • 34 Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations Companies
      • 25 Janitorial Services
      • 21 Site Preparation Contractors
      • 17 Freight Transportation Arrangement
      • 15 Testing Laboratories
      • 13 Machine Shops
      • 11 Environmental Consulting Services Companies
      • 11 General Freight Trucking, Local
      • 10 Marine Cardo Handling Companies
      • 10 Employment Placement Agencies
      • 10 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services
      • 8 Food Service Contractors
      • 8 Computer and Office Machine Repair Companies
      • 8 R&D in Biotechnology Companies
      • 7 Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying, and controlling Industrial Process Variables
      • 7 Medical Laboratories
      • 6 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
      • 5 Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals
      • 5 Specialized Freight Trucking, Local
      • 5 Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
      • 4 Solid Waste Collection Companies
      • 4 Payroll Services Companies
      • 4 Specialized Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
      • 4 Executive Search Service Companies
      • 3 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Companies
      • 2 Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Deep Sea Freight Transportation Companies
      • 2 Sales Financing Companies
      • 2 Iron and Steel Forging Companies
      • 2 Metal Coating, Engraving, and Allied Services to Manufacturers Companies
      • 1 Fabricated Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Ornamental and Architectural Metal Work Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Industrial Sand Mining Company
      • 1 Fluid Power Cylinder and Actuator Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Mining Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Hazardous Waste Collection Company
      • 108 Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
      • 100 Offices of Lawyers
      • 77 Commercial Banks
      • 70 Engineering Services
      • 50 Electrical Contractors
      • 48 Computer Systems Design Services Companies
      • 34 Credit Unions
      • 34 Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations Companies
      • 26 Industrial Machinery Wholesalers
      • 25 Janitorial Services
      • 22 Temporary Help Agencies
      • 21 Site Preparation Contractors
      • 21 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Repair and Maintenance
      • 17 Freight Transportation Arrangement
      • 15 Industrial Building Construction Contractors
      • 15 Testing Laboratories
      • 15 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
      • 13 Machine Shops
      • 12 Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
      • 11 Environmental Consulting Services Companies
      • 11 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
      • 11 General Freight Trucking, Local
      • 11 Marketing Consulting Companies
      • 10 Marine Cardo Handling Companies
      • 10 Roofing Contractors
      • 10 Employment Placement Agencies
      • 10 Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
      • 10 Process, Physical Distribution, and Logistics Consulting Services
      • 9 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
      • 8 Food Service Contractors
      • 8 Security Guards and Patrol Services Companies
      • 8 Computer and Office Machine Repair Companies
      • 8 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Leasing Companies
      • 8 R&D in Biotechnology Companies
      • 7 Petroleum Refineries
      • 7 Instruments and Related Products Manufacturing for Measuring, Displaying, and controlling Industrial Process Variables
      • 7 Medical Laboratories
      • 6 Oil and Gas Pipeline Construction Companies
      • 6 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
      • 6 R&D in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences Companies
      • 5 Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals
      • 5 Advertising Agencies
      • 5 Specialized Freight Trucking, Local
      • 5 Industrial Gas Manufacturing Companies
      • 5 Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
      • 5 Ship Building and Repairing Companies
      • 4 Solid Waste Collection Companies
      • 4 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing Companies
      • 4 Payroll Services Companies
      • 4 Software Publishers
      • 4 Specialized Freight Trucking, Long-Distance
      • 4 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less than Truckload
      • 4 Executive Search Service Companies
      • 3 Plate Work Manufacturing Companies
      • 3 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Companies
      • 3 Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Solid Waste Landfill Companies
      • 2 Deep Sea Freight Transportation Companies
      • 2 Oil and Gas Field Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Sales Financing Companies
      • 2 Engineered Wood Member (except Truss) Manufacturing Company
      • 2 Iron and Steel Forging Companies
      • 2 Motor and Generator Manufacturing Companies
      • 2 Metal Coating, Engraving, and Allied Services to Manufacturers Companies
      • 2 Commercial Air, Rail, and Water Transportation Equipment Rental and Leasing Companies
      • 1 Fabricated Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Power Boiler and Heath Exchanger Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Industrial Valve Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Ornamental and Architectural Metal Work Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Industrial Sand Mining Company
      • 1 Plastics Packaging Film and Sheet Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Fluid Power Cylinder and Actuator Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Machine Tool Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Mining Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Concrete Pipe Manufacturing Company
      • 1 Hazardous Waste Collection Company
      • 1 Collection Agency
      • 1 Industrial Design Service Company
      • 1 International Trade Financing Company

      Additional Information

Source of Business and Labor Numbers: The Next Move Group