Silverlode helped the company to choose locations for a manufacturing facility and Global R&D site.
Site Selection and Location Analysis
A Fortune 500 natural resources company needed to find a location for a new biomass manufacturing facility and global R&D site. The client engaged Silverlode to facilitate the site selection process, including the identification and analysis of potential site locations and the procurement of incentives.
Biomass Manufacturing Facility:
Silverlode helped the client identify and prioritize decision factors and potential locations. The initial search area included over 100 counties in five states along the Ohio River Valley. Logistics and transportation assets, particularly barge access, were critical factors. Silverlode created a short list of potential sites, then used GIS mapping and analysis to compare sites and determine those that warranted visits. Silverlode's location analysis included an in-depth examination of barge transportation and a 20-year NPV operational cost analysis. Silverlode conducted a thorough analysis of incentives and financial alternatives for the final locations.
Global R&D Site:
The client needed a new global R&D center of excellence and was willing to build anywhere in the world. Silverlode gathered and analyzed location data from more than 175 cities in over 40 countries. Though dealing with tremendous variation in data from one country to another, we worked diligently to provide commensurate comparisons and narrowed the list to 25 potential locations on three continents. Using a proprietary weighted location factor analysis, Silverlode developed a ranked short list of four optimal cities.