Location Consultants of Princeton
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Corporate Site Selection

Founded in 1975 on Princeton, NJ’s historic Nassau Street, The Boyd Company, Inc.,

is one of the nation's most experienced and trusted corporate site selection firms. Boyd provides independent location counsel to leading Fortune 500 and up-coming corporations worldwide.

The corporate site selection decision is one of the most demanding and far-reaching management can make. Boyd's specialization, proprietary data bank and five decades of corporate site selection experience are unparalleled in the field.

Boyd serves clients in a wide range of office, manufacturing, supply chain and service industries. Clients include Philips, PNC Bank, Progressive Insurance, Sun Life, Hospira, Pitney Bowes and others.

Boyd’s specialization and independent corporate site selection approach ensure that clients make the best and most informed location decision, a decision that will stand the test of time.


Q: How does Boyd’s specialization in corporate site selection benefit its clients?

A: The corporate site selection decision is one of the most demanding and far-reaching that management will ever make. A less than optimal site will result in a costliness and compromise of competitive position that will persist for years. Boyd’s specialization in business mobility and its vast casework of relocation projects result in unmatched research and evaluative skills. This specialization enables Boyd to come to grips with your location problem without delay or costly false starts, ensuring on-time success of your relocation, expansion or consolidation plans.

Q: How do Boyd capabilities differ from our own?

A: Boyd combines many of your own in-house skills with capabilities outside the range of your normal day-to-day operations. Skills which you might expect in economic analysis, human resources, taxation, logistics, I.T., telecommunications, e.g., are enhanced by Boyd's hands-on knowledge of financial incentives, available sites, the tenor of labor-management relations, competitive wage & hiring pressures, dependability of energy supplies, security & political stability and lifestyle considerations of management transferees & families. The firm's proprietary data bank is enhanced by Boyd's first-hand insights into the thousands of candidate cities researched and visited over the years, the myriad of companies interviewed by Boyd in the field and by the experiences and feedback from Boyd's extensive client network.

Q: What are the key components of a Boyd Site Selection Study?

A: Boyd clients receive a fully-documented written report covering all phases of the site selection project. While each client project has its own unique demands, the following six elements are common to most Boyd site selection engagements:

  • Criteria Development--a start-up consultation covering the overall location objectives of the proposed project and the development of key operating specifications and occupancy requirements of the planned new facility;
  • Primary Search Area-- a delineation by Boyd of the geographic region or regions where the location objectives of the proposed project can be maximized;
  • Feasibility Costs and Candidate Cities -- the identification of a select series of candidate locations, the rationales for the rejection of less desirable cities and the preparation of a comparative feasibility cost analysis among the initial candidate locations;
  • Field Research - regimented and confidential field research carried out by Boyd in each of the most promising cities covering labor market and recruiting issues, available sites, support services, state and local financial incentives, lifestyle considerations of transferees and dependents and other client-specific field investigations;
  • Final Economic Analysis -- a final projection of annual operating costs and savings scaled to the proposed new facility on Boyd-recommended sites within each of the finally-chosen cities;
  • Client Visitations - based on Boyd's field research findings and local contacts, Boyd will develop meaningful and productive itineraries and then facilitate client visitations to each finally-recommended city.

Q: Is Boyd's experience limited by industry or geography?

A: No. Boyd's site selection experience crosses many industry lines. Corporate location studies for U.S. and overseas companies have been prepared covering a broad spectrum of manufacturing, headquarters, R&D, distribution warehousing and telecommunications-intensive operations such as data centers, help desks and call centers. The firm's operations are international, including extensive experience in Canada and a growing offshore workload.

Q: What’s Boyd’s history? Who heads the firm?

John H. Boyd

A: John H. ("Jack") Boyd

John H. Boyd is the founder of the privately-held Boyd Co., Inc. As head of one of the nation’s oldest and most respected corporate site selection firms, Jack helps to shape the direction of new corporate investment and jobs in the U.S. and off-shore.

An economist, Jack’s corporate site selection experience traces back to his academic research in Puerto Rico. Boyd’s research work, U.S. Manufacturing Investment in Puerto Rico: A Response to Operation Bootstrap, studied the Island 's commonwealth political status, unique tax structure & development strategy and why U.S. corporations were locating there. As a Bevier Fellow in Economics at the Rutgers Graduate School , Jack expanded his research in the field of corporate relocation and Latin American economic development.

Following a tenure as a relocation analyst with Dun & Bradstreet's Management Consulting Division in New York, Jack established the Boyd firm in Princeton's historic Twenty Nassau Building in 1975. Today, he remains dedicated to positioning Boyd clients ahead of prevailing economic and business climate trends. Jack is a popular and provocative speaker on the topic of business relocation trends and issues impacting the economy and the direction of new corporate investment and jobs.