Top 50

Top 50: Aiming to be a world player, Pittsburgh exports the fruits of its intellect

Top 50: Aiming to be a world player, Pittsburgh exports the fruits of its intellect

Technology, software, robotics replace the role that was once held by glass, iron and steel.

Pittsburghers seeing the world as even small firms pick up overseas clients

A typical month for Nelson Cano, chief executive officer of Cima Software, is a blur of different airports, hotels and languages.


The Top 50: Lanxess is top performer among region's public companies

The Top 50: Lanxess is top performer among region's public companies

Lanxess, the German chemical producer with its North American headquarters in Findlay, was the best performing public company.


Why aren't more women business leaders?

Why aren't more women business leaders?

Nationally, just 16.1 percent of the directors of Fortune 500 companies last year were women.


Foreign workers relocating to Pittsburgh cope with culture shock

Foreign workers relocating to Pittsburgh cope with culture shock

Thorsten Luetzler and his wife, Ariane, were on the verge of buying their first home in Leverkusen, Germany, when Pittsburgh came calling.


How we calculated the Top 50

Figures for the Post-Gazette's Top 50 lists were derived from company reports and Bloomberg and Post-Gazette research.


From Ikea couches to BMWs, goods landing in the zones

Today, roughly 2,400 businesses nationwide use Foreign Trade Zones to help lower the cost of business.


U.S. companies seek expansion via exports

U.S. companies seek expansion via exports

Navigating even international transactions introduce business owners to bureaucratic and cultural obstacles that some find daunting.


Local business leaders want more nonstop flights to Europe

Local business leaders want more nonstop flights to Europe

Eleven years ago, business travelers could fly nonstop to London, Paris or Frankfurt, Germany, from Pittsburgh International Airport.


Fast facts about foreign trade zones

Foreign trade zones in the United States allow businesses to avoid or delay paying import fees on raw materials and other goods.


Brazil's rising power changes perceptions

Brazil's rising power changes perceptions

It was the 1990s. H.J. Heinz executives were considering getting into Brazil's pet food market.


Luring customers

There is a definite learning curve for doing business on a global scale and, while the process is long, the payoff can be worth it.


Groups work to bring world to Pittsburgh and vice versa

When someone asks Steven Sokol to explain what the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is and what it does, he has a boilerplate


Commentary: Pittsburgh still finding its place in global economy

This year's list of Top 50 public companies reflects how the changing global economy has transformed Pittsburgh.


In Their Own Words: Companies share their stories of globalization

Perspectives on running worldwide business from Pittsburgh.


Bayer stays visible in Germany, on Mount Washington

Bayer stays visible in Germany, on Mount Washington

For anyone who regularly motors through Downtown Pittsburgh, the iconic Bayer logo sign is a familiar sight atop Mount Washington.


Health care electronics leader takes bumpy ride along with Europe

Health care electronics leader takes bumpy ride along with Europe

Being a global company means the bottom line can rise and fall with the global economy -- and it's been a choppy ride lately.


Bombardier to use technology developed here in London subway

Bombardier to use technology developed here in London subway

Bombardier Transportation recently won a $577 million contract to upgrade the signaling system for the London Underground.


Royal Bank of Scotland seeks firm financial footing

Royal Bank of Scotland burst on the scene here in 2001 when its U.S.-based banking unit, Citizens Financial Group of Rhode Island,


U.S. Steel leaves Serbia but sees opportunities in Canada, Slovakia

Its recent retreat from Serbia notwithstanding, U.S. Steel still has a formidable presence outside the United States.


Heinz continues to spread its product line worldwide

The company, founded in Sharpsburg in 1869, embraced the potential of feeding other countries early on in its development.


Michael Baker looks to diversify in foreign markets

Michael Baker looks to diversify in foreign markets

About 85 cents of every $1 in revenue Baker collects comes from government customers.


Siemens AG has eye on drilling industry

Timing, they say, is everything.


Reed Smith adapts to variety of cultures

For well more than a century, Downtown-based Reed Smith was an exclusively domestic operation, and was satisfied to be so.


UPMC banking on continuing to export its medical expertise

UPMC banking on continuing to export its medical expertise

The health system has more than 1,400 employees working overseas with plans for more once the international economic climate improves.


PPG paints a global path

In the early 1900s, the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. became one of the first U.S. firms to expand into Europe, acquiring a Belgium factory.


Marcellus Shale development puts state on map internationally

It's safe to say the natural gas rush in Pennsylvania is crossing the oceans.


Top Growth: Lanxess leads the pack

Companies landing atop the heap in the region's growth category this year can boast a triple-digit surge in profits.


Top Revenue: Firms that have links to the region fare well in revenue

Judged by revenue alone, Pittsburgh companies were dwarfed by powerhouses headquartered elsewhere but with significant regional presences.


Top Income: Verizon tops list in profitability

Not surprisingly, the top five most profitable companies last year -- led Verizon -- are all giants in in their industries.


Top Returns: Results mixed in companies' return on equity

GlaxoSmithKline, which is based in the United Kingdom and has regional offices in Moon, saw a huge jump in its return on equity last


Top Stock Price: GNC delivers earnings power as best stocks performer

Vitamin and supplement provider GNC Holdings led the list of Western Pennsylvania's top-performing stocks last year


Top Market Cap: Region's global connection evidenced by its top companies

Top Market Cap: Region's global connection evidenced by its top companies

Western Pennsylvania's connection to the rest of the world is evident in the region's 50 largest public companies.


Top Private: Many top private companies in region post gains

Top Private: Many top private companies in region post gains

Recession? What recession? That could very well be the reaction of the region's top private companies to news of the sputtering economy.


Top Foundations: Regional foundations increased giving in 2011

Top Foundations: Regional foundations increased giving in 2011

When members of the Pittsburgh philanthropic community look back on 2011, they'll think of two words: Bill Dietrich.


Top Health Care: Smaller health systems finding ways to thrive

Highmark, UPMC continue to dominate regional market but others report growth.


Top Colleges: Students find even short trips abroad are life-changing

Saint Vincent College senior Courtney Briggs became the first U.S. student to intern with Kennametal Inc. in Shanghai, China.


Commentary / Innovation should know no bounds: limits set by our immigration law make no sense

Our country needs to do more to remove the obstacles that keep future Andrew Carnegies from succeeding.



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