International Resources

Plano, Texas operates in the global economy.

In Plano, you will find yourself in good company. Many of the world’s leading global firms are based here. Plano is in the nation’s second largest state and the nation’s fourth largest metro. Its central location and excellent transportation infrastructure provide access to a large labor pool of 3 million people. Trucks can reach 37% of the US population in 24 hours and 93% in 48 hours. If Texas were a nation, its gross domestic product would rank 12th in the world. Texas is the largest exporter in the United States. Its top trading partners are Mexico, Canada, China, the Netherlands and Brazil.

Both Texas and Plano are known for being pro-business. In fact, FDI magazine ranked Plano a Top Five for Best Human Resources and named Texas the “U.S. State of the Future.” We encourage you to learn more about Plano, and discover why so many global companies and their workers call Plano home.

Global Businesses


Plano’s Major Global Businesses include: 

  • J.C. Penney
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • Frito-Lay
  • DXC Technology (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
  • Nokia
  • Ericsson
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • AT&T
  • Intuit
  • St. Jude Medical
  • PepsiCo
  • Samsung Telecommunications
  • NTT Data (formerly Dell Services)
  • Harley Davidson
Plano’s international businesses represent:

  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Information technology and software
  • Medical devices
  • Oil and gas
  • Telecommunications

International Transportation Advantages


  • DFW International is the nation’s fourth busiest airport and is gateway to 156 domestic and 55 international destinations. DFW is served by 25 passenger airlines and 20 cargo carriers. 
  • Fort Worth Alliance Airport was the first purely industrial airport in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Port of Houston, the nationa's largest port (actual weight carried), is 260 miles away.
  • Within 45 minutes of 4 Foreign Trade Zones
    • Eligible designation for Usage-Driven Foreign Trade Zone Site of the DFW Foreign Trade Zone
  • Central Time Zone

Resources


The City of Plano maintains Sister City relationships with:
The City of Plano is receptive and responsive to International business, educational and cultural opportunities. For more information about Plano’s international business climate or establishing a presence in Plano, contact the Office of Economic Development at 972-208-8300.

Here is how our staff can assist you:

  • Provide 1-on-1 briefings about Plano and its key businesses
  • Provide site searches
  • Assist with development and marketing of business and industry conferences and roundtables
  • Facilitate and convene business-to-business networking meetings with the region's business allies and agencies