The strength of the manufacturing sector, rich agricultural lands and the proximity to the US border has made Southwestern Ontario an important economic region. The largest industry historically has been auto parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly. This industry has faced challenges, in part due to the restructuring of the automotive sector in the United States. In recent years, London has attracted foreign direct investments in advanced manufacturing, food-processing, information-technology and other knowledge based industries. Visit the London Economic Development Corporation for more details.