Emerson is planning a $100 million renovation and expansion of labs and offices in its 1-million-square-foot facility in Sidney.
The project, the details of which were released exclusively to this news organization on Wednesday, is expected to require $100 million in investments during the next four years. Here’s what you need to know.
1. CONSTRUCTION STARTS THIS MONTH
St. Louis-based Emerson will break ground this month on the first phase of construction, which will include building a two-story office addition onto the current facility and converting existing space to new and expanded engineering laboratories.
2. EXPANDING PRESENCE IN THE REGION
The expansion and renovation in Sidney come one year after Emerson opened its Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus. The Helix Innovation Center is an industry-first effort funded by Emerson to spur research, collaboration and education across the heating and cooling manufacturing industries (also known as the HVACR industry).
3. ATTRACTING TALENT
Officials said the company will focus on creating an environment that will “attract tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and industry leaders.”
“Emerson is committed to growing our global leadership position in the heating and cooling industry. To do that we need best-in-class facilities that provide our current employees a cutting-edge space to continue their critical work and that help us attract the next generation of engineers and scientists,” said Bob Sharp, executive president for Emerson’s Commercial and Residential Solutions business.
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4. CUTTING-EDGE FACILITIES
A highlight of the project will be an upgraded, cutting-edge lab space to conduct advanced performance and refrigerant testing with its compressors and related products.
5. REGIONAL SUPPORT
Emerson Climate Technologies employs nearly 2,000 employees in Sidney. The project was contingent upon state and local incentives. Emerson worked with the Port Authority, the Dayton Development Coalition and JobsOhio on the project.