A 40-year-old Guelph business is moving from its Woodlawn Road location to the Hanlon Business Park. The City of Guelph and RWDI announced the move Wednesday in a joint press release.
RWDI is anticipating expanding the company by 200 employees in the next five years so the new location will make access to the 401 (and therefore the rest of the world) a lot easier.
It sure is good to hear stories of expansion and growth for a change instead of layoffs and shut downs. Nice feather in Mayor Cam Guthrie's cap right off the bat too. He gets to toot the economic development horn even though this has been in the works for three years.
And he'll be able to claim this as one of the first nails in the Guelph Factor coffin given RWDI President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Soligo's comment "The City has been very helpful throughout the process." Guthrie campaigned on getting rid of the negative label.
Here's the press release:
Long-time local success, RWDI announces expansion to new location in Hanlon Business Park
World leader in specialized engineering consulting makes commitment to remain in Guelph
GUELPH, ON, December 3, 2014 – Homegrown company, Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Incorporated (RWDI) will be relocating its international corporate headquarters from 650 Woodlawn Road West to 600 Southgate Drive. This building purchase in the Hanlon Business Park provides the company with the capacity to expand its operations, making a long term commitment to continue business within the city.
After close to three years of site selection efforts, Guelph remained the successful proponent among other Southwestern Ontario locations in an aggressive market for investment attraction. “RWDI is very excited about our new facility and the decision to keep our headquarters in Guelph. While there were many communities with very attractive offers and opportunities, our roots, for over 40 years, have been in Guelph. The City has been very helpful throughout the process and we are grateful to have found an excellent building and location to accommodate our continued business growth and exciting research and development in the field of environmental engineering,” says Michael Soligo, RWDI President and Chief Executive Officer. “The new location provides easy access for staff and clients allowing us to continue to attract world class employees and provide our unique services on some of the world’s most interesting projects.”
RWDI is the largest wind and environmental engineering firm of its kind, with over 15 offices and 400 employees world-wide. Plans of significant expansion are expected over the next five years, the Guelph headquarters will be the primary location for this growth, adding an additional 200 employees, doubling their current staff complement.
“On behalf of the City of Guelph I would like to thank RWDI for having the confidence to expand their operations in our city,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. “A strong local economy depends on our ability to retain local business, and that’s why business retention and expansion is a focus for us. RWDI’s decision to stay and grow in Guelph shows that Guelph is a sought-after location for thriving, growing international companies.” RWDI’s expansion supports the City of Guelph’s economic development strategy by adding to the city’s current supply of high quality labour and strengthening of Guelph’s targeted clean technology sector.
One of Canada’s 50 best managed companies, RWDI is an internationally recognized specialty engineering consulting firm that focuses in the science of buildings, structures and the environment. With over 15 offices worldwide RWDI uses a variety of engineering, computing, and scientific capabilities to help designers create comfortable environments and high performance buildings and structures. RWDI has worked on massive construction projects including the Burj Kaliifa, the tallest building in the world.
For more information
Chief Executive Officer
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Incorporated (RWDI)
519-823-1311 extension 2237
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 2820