The Don Schjeldahl Group
Don Schjeldahl is founder of the Don Schjeldahl Group, a consulting practice that assists corporate clients in developing location strategy and site selection for manufacturing and distribution facilities. The Group also works with economic development organizations by bringing site selection insights from more than three decades of corporate experience.
Mr. Schjeldahl has 35 years of professional experience in the development and implementation of corporate location strategies and site selection for commercial and industrial clients, 27 years with The Austin Company of Cleveland, Ohio. At Austin, Mr. 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 data centers. Mr. Schjeldahl worked on behalf of Austin clients in urban centers and rural areas throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and Europe.
Mr. Schjeldahl left The Austin Company as vice president of renewable energy strategies, where he led company efforts to develop markets around the new energy economy, including the manufacturing and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency systems.
While at Austin Mr. Schjeldahl also led a location selection team for food processing, soft drink, bottled water and brewing clients. In this role Mr. Schjeldahl worked with Sierra Nevada Brewing, in total for nearly three years. Schjeldahl helped the company find the best location for an eastern U.S. brewery. Mills River, North Carolina, located 12 miles south of Asheville, was selected for a $150 million facility. In August 2013 Mr. Schjeldahl concluded his assignment with Sierra Nevada after helping the company initiate the Mills River project and to advance Sierra Nevada’s programs for sustainability, energy efficiency and renewable energy that are well established at their Chico, California brewery.
Mr. Schjeldahl is a frequent presenter at professional meetings and a contributor to industry-specific publications and location selection journals including Area Development, Business Facilities, Site Selection, IEDC Journal, and Solar Industry. Recent articles include, “Sustainability: The ‘Invisible Hand’ Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection,” Area Development Magazine, February 2014, “The Coming Era of Sustainability: Directives for Competitive Communities,” International Economic Development Council Journal, Fall 2013, “Food Industry Investment Patterns: Expect the Same, Constant Change,” Expansion Solutions, September 2013, and “Advanced Energy Markets,” in the January 2012 issue of Site Selection Magazine.
Mr. Schjeldahl is a co-founder of the Site Selectors Guild (www.SiteSelectorsGuild.com) and Competitive Ready consulting consortium (www.competitiveready.com).