Technology, software, robotics replace the role that was once held by glass, iron and steel.
A typical month for Nelson Cano, chief executive officer of Cima Software, is a blur of different airports, hotels and languages.
Lanxess, the German chemical producer with its North American headquarters in Findlay, was the best performing public company.
Nationally, just 16.1 percent of the directors of Fortune 500 companies last year were women.
Thorsten Luetzler and his wife, Ariane, were on the verge of buying their first home in Leverkusen, Germany, when Pittsburgh came calling.
Figures for the Post-Gazette's Top 50 lists were derived from company reports and Bloomberg and Post-Gazette research.
Today, roughly 2,400 businesses nationwide use Foreign Trade Zones to help lower the cost of business.
Navigating even international transactions introduce business owners to bureaucratic and cultural obstacles that some find daunting.
Eleven years ago, business travelers could fly nonstop to London, Paris or Frankfurt, Germany, from Pittsburgh International Airport.
Foreign trade zones in the United States allow businesses to avoid or delay paying import fees on raw materials and other goods.
It was the 1990s. H.J. Heinz executives were considering getting into Brazil's pet food market.
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.
When someone asks Steven Sokol to explain what the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is and what it does, he has a boilerplate
This year's list of Top 50 public companies reflects how the changing global economy has transformed Pittsburgh.
Perspectives on running worldwide business from Pittsburgh.
For anyone who regularly motors through Downtown Pittsburgh, the iconic Bayer logo sign is a familiar sight atop Mount Washington.
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 Transportation recently won a $577 million contract to upgrade the signaling system for the London Underground.
Royal Bank of Scotland burst on the scene here in 2001 when its U.S.-based banking unit, Citizens Financial Group of Rhode Island,
Its recent retreat from Serbia notwithstanding, U.S. Steel still has a formidable presence outside the United States.
The company, founded in Sharpsburg in 1869, embraced the potential of feeding other countries early on in its development.
About 85 cents of every $1 in revenue Baker collects comes from government customers.
Timing, they say, is everything.
For well more than a century, Downtown-based Reed Smith was an exclusively domestic operation, and was satisfied to be so.
The health system has more than 1,400 employees working overseas with plans for more once the international economic climate improves.
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.
It's safe to say the natural gas rush in Pennsylvania is crossing the oceans.
Companies landing atop the heap in the region's growth category this year can boast a triple-digit surge in profits.
Judged by revenue alone, Pittsburgh companies were dwarfed by powerhouses headquartered elsewhere but with significant regional presences.
Not surprisingly, the top five most profitable companies last year -- led Verizon -- are all giants in in their industries.
GlaxoSmithKline, which is based in the United Kingdom and has regional offices in Moon, saw a huge jump in its return on equity last
Vitamin and supplement provider GNC Holdings led the list of Western Pennsylvania's top-performing stocks last year
Western Pennsylvania's connection to the rest of the world is evident in the region's 50 largest public companies.
Recession? What recession? That could very well be the reaction of the region's top private companies to news of the sputtering economy.
When members of the Pittsburgh philanthropic community look back on 2011, they'll think of two words: Bill Dietrich.
Highmark, UPMC continue to dominate regional market but others report growth.
Saint Vincent College senior Courtney Briggs became the first U.S. student to intern with Kennametal Inc. in Shanghai, China.
Our country needs to do more to remove the obstacles that keep future Andrew Carnegies from succeeding.