$35-million technology center to bring new jobs

Rendering of Emerson Technologies to be built in Dayton. (Photo/Emerson Technologies
Rendering of Emerson Technologies to be built in Dayton. (Photo/Emerson Technologies

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new technology center is coming to Dayton bringing new jobs along with it.

Emerson Climate Technologies and the University of Dayton (UD) announced the $35-million global technology innovation center Wednesday morning.

$1.5 million of the $35 million investment will go to UD’s engineering department.

The 40,000 square foot facility will employ 30 to 50 people when complete.

It will be built on university owned land at the corner of West Stewart Street and South Main Street.

Executive Vice President Ed Purvis said it made perfect sense to build the facility on UD’s property and in Dayton.

“Well, I think the idea here is we have 1600 employees in Sidney, Ohio– a 1000 salaried employees– 200 engineers, people who have been with the company for many many, many years.  The ability to work with Sidney and with this facility in Dayton and put that together, we think that’s a competitive advantage,” said Purvis.

The facility will be a one-of-a-kind research facility and training hub in the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technology.

Emerson Climate Technologies is a provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for business and residential properties.

UD has had a 30 year partnership with the company; Wednesday,  President Daniel Curran, Ph.D. said he’s eager to see students and alumni benefit from a new chapter in a mutually beneficial partnership.

“It’s interesting because it’s not exclusively about engineering. It’s also business students and students in dietetics because that’s part of the initiative with that– and then it’s certainly an advantage in terms of the relationship with hiring — our students will be here– engineering students, marketing students,” the president said.

UD alum, Mayor Nan Whaley.said she’s proud to see Dayton welcome economic development and corporate growth

“It’s great for the city as well. Obviously, we know that the research and innovation grows, not only itself high quality jobs and high-tech jobs, but then it also helps grows manufacturing all over the region,” Whaley said.

Construction is expected to begin in October.

The project completion date is estimated for late 2015.

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