Woodward, Inc., designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control solutions for the aerospace and energy markets, began construction on a new campus for its corporate headquarters and Industrial Turbine Systems business at the former Link-N-Greens golf course in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado.
The groundbreaking at the 101-acre site concluded a nine-month process where Woodward reviewed multiple options among several states, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade said.
Woodward Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Gendron said, “We have had very good success in winning new business and recognized the need for new capacity. We know Woodward is in a competitive community with a skilled workforce that has good infrastructure and a good quality of life that allows us to attract and retain excellent workers.”
Gov. John Hickenlooper stated, "Woodward's headquarter expansion in Fort Collins is a legacy project for this community. The new campus will further revitalize a growing downtown area and provide Woodward access to one of the country's most talented workforces, in one of the state's most beautiful areas, as they grow their operations."
City of Fort Collins officials said it anticipates the facility will become a national model for employment center infill in a downtown area. The site was originally settled in the late 1850s by John Coy, whose descendants attended the event. The site is one of the original settlements in what is now Fort Collins. In 1858, Mr. Coy and his family traveled by covered wagon from Cuba, Missouri to settle in Fort Collins. A barn on the site, which was built in 1869, will be preserved. Woodward is donating 31 acres of riverfront property to the city for restoration of the property to its natural state along with improvements to trail and nature sites.