Schjeldahl Joins Sierra Nevada Brewery

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Don Schjeldahl will leave The Austin Company on March 1 to take a position with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. of Chico, California.  Schjeldahl, a leading expert in corporate location strategy and site selection for manufacturing and specialized industrial facilities, will continue his involvement in corporate location and economic development consulting, through the activities of the Site Selectors Guild, CompetitiveReady and the Don Schjeldahl Group.

Under his new position as site coordinator for Sierra Nevada’s new Mills River Brewery, Schjeldahl will aid the design and construction of a 600,000 barrel per year brewery in western North Carolina. He will also work to transplant to the Mills River brewery Sierra Nevada’s advanced 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.
Schjeldahl leaves 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. He spent 27 years with Austin, in the development and implementation of corporate location strategies and in site selection for commercial and industrial clients.
“I’ve spent the last five years immersed in studying the evolution of the global energy economy and the corresponding role of community and corporate sustainability.” said Schjeldahl. “My new position at Sierra Nevada is a perfect opportunity to put my knowledge to practice and document the convergence of corporate and community sustainability. I expect to emerge from this assignment with knowledge that could help future generations along this path.” 

About Sierra Nevada

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:

About The Austin Company

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. 

About Site Selectors Guild

The Site Selectors Guild ( is a professional association comprised of the world’s most respected site selection consultants. The mission of The Site Selectors Guild is to advance the profession of international corporate site selection by promoting the site selection profession and providing education, networking and other services to those involved in the site selection industry.

About CompetitiveReady

CompetitiveReady ( is a collaborative effort of four strategic partners—The Austin Company, Chabin Concepts, Applied Economics, and EDsuite—to help communities compete on a global scale for business investment. Their expertise includes economic development, site location consultation, economics, marketing, and website development. 

About DonSchjeldahlGroup

The DonSchjeldahlGroup ( is a consulting platform that harnesses expertise, in corporate location selection and economic development best practices.

More Information:
Don Schjeldahl
Phone: 330-283-6931



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