Foreign Enterprise in Florida: The Impact of Non-U.S. Direct Investment

By Mira Wilkins | Go to book overview

Chapter 5
Other Industries

MANUFACTURING

More than 111 manufacturing facilities of non-U. S. companies are located in Florida. In 1975, a U. S. Department of Commerce list of such manufacturers included only 11 firms. 1 Recently, we have heard of several additional facilities, but, upon investigation, have found that each of them either has no telephone listing or is in fact U. S.-owned. Table 8 shows the 111 manufacturing plants we have identified; they are located throughout the state (see Map 2). The largest of these (in terms of employment) are involved with phosphate-related products (including fertilizers) and with electronics; a number make products to supply the construction industry. Five investors have over 1,000 employees: W R. Grace, N. V Philips (with National Components Industries and Airpax Electronics), Racal-Milgo, Chloride, and Gardinier. When in operation, Siemens' Utilities Power Corp. will rank in this group. Other operations have fewer than 10 employees (see Table 8). Total employment in non-U. S. manufacturing (insofar as we have been able to monitor it) exceeds 14,700. This means that the "average" facility has about 130 employees.

At least seventeen different nationalities participate in manufacturing in Florida; Appendix 3 lists the manufacturers by nationality. German, British, and Canadian-control I ed firms lead in numbers of facilities. In total employment, United Kingdom companies are in first place, with German, French, and

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