With the help of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Dassault Systemes (DS) SIMULIA moved into its new 100,000-square-foot, Class A space located in the Northwoods Office Park in Johnston in November 2014.
DS SIMULIA needed additional space to accommodate its growing business. The process started in December 2012 when the governor and the City of Providence visited Dassault’s CEO Bernard Charles in Paris, France. This personal visit established a working relationship and opened the door for the Commerce Corporation to engage with senior DS SIMULIA officials in Waltham, MA, to provide direct support in the search for new space in Rhode Island.
In addition, DS SIMULIA employed the services of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), and the Commerce Corporation engaged with JLL to identify specific properties for the company to consider and highlight existing tax incentives to minimize the business location costs. The Commerce Corporation supported the site search process by aggressively identifying Providence office sites and then expanding to the greater Providence metro area, finally isolating a new development project in Johnston called Northwoods – a professional office park in a campus setting that was ultimately selected to accommodate the more than 350 company employees based in Rhode Island.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on December 9, 2014, hosted by CEO Bernard Charles and attended by the governor, Johnston mayor and other dignitaries.
DS is a French-owned, international, software design company supporting system engineering and manufacturing companies and their products with 3D software applications. DS purchased ABAQUS Inc., a Rhode Island start-up company established in 1978, and renamed it SIMULIA. The company’s design and engineering software enables product development companies to use physics-based simulations to perform virtual tests on everything from shoes to airplanes.