ADB SAFEGATE, a leading provider of solutions for airports and airlines worldwide, plans to establish a new Center of Innovation in Gahanna, Ohio. The $1.5 millions project is expected to create 24 new jobs.
The company plans to build a 175,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Science Boulevard and Tech Center Drive. The investment will be put toward technologically advanced machinery and equipment. ADB began operations in Gahanna in 1983 and its current operations in the Columbus Region are staffed by 202 full-time employees.
“Expanding into a new world-class facility in Gahanna is critical to our continued growth and keeping our talent pool closely concentrated will spur collaboration and teamwork,” said ADB SAFEGATE Global COO Joe Pokoj. “This Center of Innovation will allow us to continue pursuing new advancements in aviation technology with the support of the Region’s skilled talent pool and in close proximity to key assets such as John Glenn International Airport.”
In addition to accommodating expanded production and warehouse operations, the new Center of Innovation will be utilized as a training facility for North American operations and function as a showcase for customers, suppliers and business partners.
“ADB SAFEGATE continues to expand its global business in the Columbus Region, creating job opportunities for Ohioans while preparing the company for years of future growth,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “The new Center of Innovation will help ADB SAFEGATE recruit and retain talent that will play an essential role as the company advances safety and efficiencies at airports worldwide.”
Founded in Belgium in 1920 as ADB, ADB SAFEGATE has grown into a global brand with a significant business footprint in Ohio, Belgium, Sweden and China. With intelligent solutions spanning the airside for gate, airfield, tower and service, the company partners with airports and airlines worldwide to increase airport performance, from approach to departure.
“ADB SAFEGATE has been a premier employer and valued partner in the City of Gahanna for nearly four decades,” said City of Gahanna Mayor Laurie Jadwin. “Their investment in the new Center of Innovation not only strengthens ADB SAFEGATE’s presence in the aerospace industry, but also solidifies Gahanna’s support of ongoing regional growth in the valued research and development sector. As our city grows, and employers choose to grow in Gahanna, we will look to drive opportunities in STEM-focused careers through our partnerships with both Gahanna Jefferson Schools and ADB SAFEGATE to support these critical workforce opportunities.”
The Columbus Region’s aerospace industry benefits from its deep history in engineering, manufacturing and technical trades, as well as a strong tech sector buoyed by leading STEM training programs, One Columbus explained. The Region provides a steady pipeline of young talent, including numerous career and technical training centers that provide the training and skills needed to succeed in these modern industries.