- World’s leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications
- $22.3 billion in sales in 2015
- 111,000 employees globally
- 2015 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovator
- Emerson employees awarded more than 2,100 patents worldwide in 2015
Emerson Climate Technologies depends on a region rich in education and workforce to guarantee its success in the energy technology industry.
Sidney, Ohio, where the company’s commercial and residential services division has made its home for more than 80 years, has more than satisfied that requirement, said Bill Bosway, Group VP of Solutions and Research and Development.
A strong history of innovation, connection to a supportive education system, and quality of living that aids in recruitment efforts have all worked together to make Sidney ideal as the home base for the company, he said. “There’s a tremendous amount of innovation history in the area, probably much more than people realize," Bosway said.
Location and education key to growth
The 125-year old company initially chose Sidney for many reasons, including the quick and easy access to an efficient transportation network, but also the innovation and education system in the region.
Bosway added, “We have many strong universities in the area, both two and four year schools, plus very good vocational schools. We also have many local communities who believe in maintaining excellence in education.”
Bosway said the location also continues to work to Emerson’s advantage, allowing it to easily connect to its customers and suppliers.
The major thoroughfare of I-75 runs north and south through the entire country,” Bosway said. “Our location is a good logistics connection point for all directions, whether over the road or rail, and both have served us well.”
Bosway said the challenge Emerson faces in recruiting to a small community is getting someone who is not from Sidney to come to the city. But once they come, the quality of life and easy access to anything they would want works to keep them.
“We’ve had people who have come and been here for years,” he said. “We draw talent from a fairly large radius and having that strong education system around us has been pretty attractive.”
Emerson works with the local schools to get students interested in science and technology early. The company is making a substantial commitment to support STEM in local high schools, and recently, the company made a significant new investment in building The Helix Innovation Center, a 40,000-square-foot facility located on the campus of the University of Dayton.
The next generation of innovation in Dayton
The Helix is focused on developing the best, commercially-viable solutions for its customers to help the industry solve its most challenging business issues. The Helix will involve and collaborate with experts from its industry as well as universities, students, and innovation firms from around the world.
The Helix contains a total of 5 real-world learning "playgrounds" for rapid prototype testing, including a fully-functioning two-story home, a small format supermarket, a light commercial building environment, a commercial restaurant kitchen, and a data center.
Emerson selected Dayton, and the University of Dayton, because of its rich history of innovation, strong support from local and state governments, great education infrastructure, and its proximity to the Sidney location.
"Being 40 miles from Sidney was just far enough away for us to create an additional lens to view the world,” Bosway said. “The Helix is unlike anything our industry has ever seen, and unlike anything we have in Sidney or anywhere else in the world. It provides a tremendous complement to our existing global research and development teams."
Bosway said Emerson continues to receive a lot of support from the state and local communities and economic development partners for both the creation of The Helix and throughout its continued investment in Sidney.
We get support from the local government, through the city and county and state level. It’s not a one way street. It takes everyone to talk through issues and identify opportunities. We’ve had great support from the state, and that’s why we stayed here.”
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