2/2023: Headquartered in South-West Germany, Festo is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components and controls for process control and factory automation solutions. With more than 55 national headquarters serving more than 180 countries, over 40 years of innovation in the United States, and over 80 years globally, Festo has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.
A Home in Mason, Ohio
In 2013 Festo first announced its move to Mason with a $50 million, 150,000 square-foot facility that opened in 2015 along the I-71 Innovation Corridor. Festo’s leadership team credits the strong foundation established with city, regional, and state officials as the impetus to locate and expand here. The regional ecosystem also provides an abundance of opportunities in terms of talent, connectivity, and innovation in Industry 4.0/Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Expansion and Relocation
After experiencing continued success in Mason, Festo saw an opportunity to bring their engineering, manufacturing, and logistics operations under the same roof as their core automation business. They also decided to find a new home for the Festo Didactic headquarters, making the decision to bring the East Coast-based operation to Ohio.
Ohio Solves Both Problems
For many of the original reasons that Ohio was attractive to Festo when they announced their move to Mason in 2013, Festo made the decision to expand that same facility to accommodate their growth. Citing the physical location of the state bringing them closer to their customers, the proximity to world-class freight operations, and the support from the multitude of government and community representatives like JobsOhio that helped in their selection process, Festo found the best place to grow was in Mason with a $90 million investment towards its future.
While a multitude of factors were considered in where to expand their facility and where to relocate Festo Didactic’s headquarters, Festo Didactic’s Director of Operations, Sean O’Grady explains that “at the end of the day, it came down to a single question to the selection committee from the owners of the company: ‘Which of the potential locations is going to be the best place for our employees and their families to live?’ We know we’ve found it in Ohio.”
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