BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — Work is underway on a new facility in Greene County that will support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and bring more jobs to the Miami Valley.

During an event in Beavercreek Friday, Synergy Building Systems, state and local leaders and guests celebrated the groundbreaking of University Park IV, a new office development for defense contractors.

“This building will be our 68th building in what we affectionately call the Wright-Patt Defense Corridor,” Synergy Building Systems President and CEO Jerad Barnett said.

The project is located next to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) at 3837 Colonel Glenn Highway.

Synergy is positioning this project close to WPAFB so that they can work hand-in-hand with the base in developing new defense technology.

“A few decades ago, there were very few buildings out here,” Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. “You had Wright State, now you have half a billion dollars of investment and thousands of jobs that have come as a result of the strategy.”

So far, Synergy officials said they’ve brought or retained 5,500 jobs in Ohio, and invested nearly $500 million into the Miami Valley and surrounding communities.

The office will provide defense contractors space to come in work alongside the Air Force to develop new defense technology, right in Greene County.

“It’s going to help us be more attractive for mission alignments, for companies wanting to be next to NASIC, to get space off the base, which is critical and put it outside the the gate,” Greene County Commissioner Rick Perales said.

Barnett said two defense contractors, LinQuest and MTSI, have already committed to utilize the building.

Credit: Synergy Building Systems
Map depicting some of Synergy’s office projects around WPAFB

Gov. Mike DeWine praised the development during Friday’s groundbreaking, saying it positions the Miami Valley to play a major role in our country’s defense.

“This is a dangerous time,” DeWine said. “All we have to do is look at the news, look at what’s going on with Russia, look, what’s going on with with China. So what we’re doing here is important to the national defense, as well as it is important to grow and grow in the state of Ohio.”

Beavercreek Mayor Bob Stone said he is looking forward to working with Synergy in bringing this, and future projects, to the community.

“I look at it with two hats, one is supporting Wright-Patt, and the other welcome to Beavercreek,” Stone said.

The University Park IV project was made possible through a partnership between the City of Beavercreek, Greene County, JobsOhio, and the Dayton Development Coalition.

Burnett also announced that Synergy is clearing ground for another $22 million investment near the site called the Rainier Project. Synergy is working on several other projects that would bring an additional $200 million in investment to the Miami Valley.

You can watch the full event in the video player below.