Brazil - Chicago Ties

Business Ties
  • There are several Brazil-based companies in greater Chicago including: St. Mary’s and Prarie Materials (Votorantrim), Valid SA, Gerdau, WEG, and Oxiteno. Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital is a major investor in Kraft/Heinz, which is relocating Kraft headquarters to downtown Chicago.
  • There are an estimated 100 Chicago-area companies in Brazil including: Aon Americas, Abbott Laboratories, ADM, The Boeing Co., Grant Thornton, Hyatt, ITW, McDonald’s, Mondelez, Motorola Solutions, and others
  • Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago
  • There are daily nonstop flights, Chicago-Sao Paulo
Recent Expansions
  • 3G Capital, acquisition of Kraft and merger with Heinz, 2015
Total Trade with Illinois, 2016: US $2.8 billion
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $1.5 billion
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Iron and steel, machine parts, electrical machinery, rubber and stone
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $1.3 billion
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Machine parts, electrical machinery, pharmaceutical products, medical instruments and chemical products