The DonSchjeldahlGroup is a consulting platform that harnesses expertise in corporate location selection and economic development best practices. With more than 30 years experience in corporate consulting Group founder Don Schjeldahl is a leading expert in corporate location strategy and community/property selection for manufacturing and specialized industrial facilities. Schjeldahl is a founding member of the Site Selectors Guild and of the CompetitiveReady consulting consortium.
Mr. Schjeldahl left The Austin Company in March 2012 after 27 years to form the DonSchjeldahlGroup. At Austin Schjeldahl performed or directed more than 300 location strategy assignments for manufacturing plants, distribution centers, aviation facilities, research and development centers, newspaper plants, broadcast studios and information processing centers. His work included evaluation of labor markets, supply chain, real estate, community attributes, tax structure, and incentive programs. He has worked in urban centers and rural areas throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and Europe.
Schjeldahl left The Austin Company as vice president of renewable energy strategies, where he led company efforts to develop new markets around the new energy economy, including the manufacturing and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency systems.
Mr. Schjeldahl is also working with Sierra Nevada Brewing on the construction of a new 600,000 barrel per year brewery in western North Carolina. Among Don’s duties is to advance Sierra Nevada’s programs for sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy that are now well established at the Chico plant.
An Austin Company project team, led by Schjeldahl, worked with Sierra Nevada management for more than a year to find the best location for Sierra Nevada’s eastern U.S. brewery. Mills River, located 12 miles south of Asheville, was selected as the location for the $110 million facility. The Asheville region was selected in part because of the region’s long tradition for community sustainability and environmental programs, tenets important to Sierra Nevada.
The Austin Company is an international firm offering a comprehensive portfolio of consulting and in-house architectural, engineering, design-build and construction management services. Austin Consulting, the business strategy arm of The Austin Company, is an industry leader providing global analysis, site selection, due diligence and incentive negotiation for manufacturing plants, distribution facilities, R&D centers and office operations. (www.theaustin.com and www.theaustinconsulting.com)
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and ingredients of the finest quality. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including the flagship Pale Ale, Torpedo, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis, four seasonal beers, Estate Ale, Harvest Ales, Ovila Abbey Ales and a host of draught-only specialties. Press release on Mills River brewery. (www.sierranevada.com)