International Law Firm WilmerHale to Open a Business Services Center in the Dayton Region
KETTERING, OH (Monday, April 26, 2010) - Today, international law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale), in collaboration with the State of Ohio, the Dayton Development Coalition and the City of Kettering, announced plans to open a business services center in Kettering, Ohio. The business services center would officially open in September and will house approximately 187 employees from existing WilmerHale offices and new employees from the area.
"The Dayton region particularly highlights our state's greatest strengths-a competitive business climate, innovative local leaders, and a skilled workforce that is second to none," Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said. "Today's announcement shows what can happen when we come together with a clear vision and work together, from the ground up, to grow Ohio's economy and provide good jobs for Ohio workers."
"This is great news for Montgomery County," said Montgomery County Commission President Dan Foley. "These are new jobs with excellent pay for our high-quality, available workforce. Plus, a worldwide professional firm looked around the country for the best place to consolidate these operations and selected our county. These are strong signs that the county's economic development strategy is on the right track and we look forward to more growth in this sector."
"This announcement is great news for the City of Kettering and the region," says Mayor Don Patterson, Kettering. "I am extremely honored that this highly respected firm has chosen to expand their operations in our community. I am also very proud of the team of individuals from Kettering, Montgomery County, the Dayton Development Coalition and the State of Ohio who worked together to make this happen. This is an example of the positive outcomes that are possible when true collaboration and cooperation are at work."
WilmerHale-a leading full-service law firm with 1,000 lawyers in a dozen cities in the US and abroad-is in negotiations to open its business service center at the Miami Valley Research Park in September 2010. The new facility would create approximately 187 jobs for Dayton and surrounding communities. The firm's presence is expected to generate approximately $10-15 million per year for the local and state economy, in addition to the community service work the firm would also contribute as a citizen of the Dayton area.