Governor Eric Holcomb and First Lady Janet Holcomb met with Austrian businesses and government officials yesterday in Vienna to thank them for their commitment to Indiana’s economy and Hoosier jobs and to pitch the state as a destination for continued international investment. Indiana is home to 12 Austrian business establishments, including Danzer North America, Emarsys North America, Fronius USA, Red Bull Distribution and Voestalpine. Trade between Indiana and Austria reached more than $230 million last year, with the largest exchanges occurring in pharmaceuticals, machinery, chemicals, and semiconductors and electronic components.Tuesday, First Lady Holcomb, Mrs. Bosma and Mrs. Long traveled to Sattledt, Austria, to visit the world headquarters of Fronius. The company specializes in three main areas: welding technology, solar energy and battery charging. In 2011, Fronius USA relocated its North American headquarters from Michigan to Portage, Indiana, where it now develops manufacturing capacities to meet global demand for solar electronic inverters and welding technology.Yesterday, Gov. Holcomb, Secretary Schellinger, Speaker Bosma and Sen. Long joined the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) for a breakfast with its executive members to discuss opportunities to grow collaboration, investment and trade between Indiana and Austria. WKO is the parent of nine Austrian state chambers and more than 100 trade associations. The governor, secretary and legislative leadership also met with Austrian government officials in Vienna to foster international collaboration through mutual interests in economic development, education and workforce training, and innovation.
May 23rd, 2018|Local News|