Building on its longstanding commitment to west-central Ohio and to advance its global leadership in the heating and cooling industry, Emerson, St. Louis, announced plans for a major renovation and expansion of the labs and offices at its existing 1 million-square-foot facility in Sidney, Ohio. The project is expected to require $100 million in investments over the next four years.

Emerson will break ground in July on the first phase of construction, which will include building a 2-story office addition and converting existing space to new and expanded engineering laboratories. With a focus on creating an environment to attract tomorrow’s engineers, scientists and industry leaders, the renovated facility will facilitate cross-functional collaboration and provide an efficient, modern workplace. A highlight of the project will be an upgraded, cutting-edge lab space to conduct advanced performance and refrigerant testing with compressors and related products. 

“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,” says Bob Sharp, executive president for Emerson’s commercial and residential solutions business. “These facility improvements will enable us to develop next-level technology and solutions to meet our customers’ future needs.”

The renovated facility will enable engineers to conduct research, development and testing to develop future technologies for compressors, in addition to manufacturing Copeland Scroll compressors.

“Through our Copeland brand, we have a history in this area that stretches back eight decades, as well as 1,700 employees at the Sidney location who call Ohio’s Miami Valley region home,” says Brent Schroeder, group president of heating and air conditioning for Emerson’s commercial and residential solutions business. “We are grateful for the local, regional and state agencies and officials who have provided support for this major renovation project. We are excited to get the project underway and continue to build for a bright future.”

Construction is slated to be completed by 2021.