Governor Mary Fallin Takes Part in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Sofidel Group’s $360 Million New Inola Facility
Modern, integrated plant will support 300 jobs
INOLA – Governor Mary Fallin today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Sofidel Group, an Italian manufacturer of tissue paper that announced a $360 million capital investment here. The project will include the construction of a new facility that will support 300 jobs in the Rogers County community.
“Sofidel will build here a new, modern integrated plant to serve the south-central and central-western areas of this great country, where we have been operating since 2012,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, chief executive officer (CEO) of Sofidel Group. “I am glad to announce this new greenfield investment – the second one, after the first made in Ohio. This new investment will support our growth in the U.S. significantly.”
Sofidel’s Inola facility, expected to be operational by 2020, will have production capacity of 120,000 tons of tissue paper each year. The 1.8-million-square-feet plant is almost 40 percent larger than the Macy’s Fulfillment Center in north Tulsa County.
“We are excited that Sofidel has continued confidence to make this tremendous investment in Oklahoma,” said Fallin. “This global company has seen the advantages Oklahoma provides in its current operation, and now will double down with a state-of-the-art production facility in Inola. This is another example that our economic pro-business policies are diversifying Oklahoma’s economy.”
Coordinated by Tulsa’s Future, a a Tulsa Regional Chamber-led regional economic development plan supported by public and private investors, the project involves more partner entities than any in the plan’s 12-year history. Tulsa’s Future has now facilitated more than $675 million of capital investment in northeast Oklahoma since 2016, with a goal of $1.1 billion by 2020.
“We have been growing year after year at a very fast pace,” said Lazzareschi. “I would like to thank all the partners who have supported us in making this new project. They have played an integral role in helping us achieve this goal.”
Partners involved in the project include utility companies, tribal nations, and state and federal agencies.
“We welcome the arrival of Sofidel to northeast Oklahoma for its latest United States expansion,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “An international company like Sofidel locating here is a tribute to Oklahoma’s talented manufacturing workforce. Cherokee Nation has established a vital role in attracting new businesses to rural communities like Inola, where 300 permanent jobs and 500 construction jobs are a blessing to the local economy and schools. We’re excited to continue partnering with state and municipal partners to create opportunities like this that benefit the Cherokee Nation and all of northeast Oklahoma.”
“PSO is very pleased to work with state and local partners to bring this game-changing project to northeast Oklahoma,” said Stuart Solomon, president and chief operating officer for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. “Sofidel’s investment will bring much-needed jobs and an economic boost to Inola and the entire region. We are especially proud to be able to provide the site that helps make this project happen. This is exactly the type of high-impact project we hoped and expected to attract when we made the Inola River/Rail Site available for economic development. With easy access by highway, rail and the Verdigris River Navigation Channel, this site is primed to bring even more jobs and investment to the Inola area.”
“We are proud to partner with our state, local and business leaders to attract new growth opportunities to the great state of Oklahoma through a highly collaborative economic development strategy,” said Pierce Norton, president and CEO of ONE Gas. “We all benefit from our state’s abundant natural gas supplies being in close proximity to where the resource is consumed, which allows our company to deliver reliable, affordable energy to businesses like Sofidel, which also recognizes that energy costs are critical to their company’s competitive advantage.”
Public Service Company of Oklahoma, along with Rogers County and Inola leadership, recently invested in site preparation for the 1,100-acre Inola River/Rail Site to make it available for industrial development. The site was previously the location of a planned but cancelled nuclear power plant.
“Sofidel is going to have a huge impact on Inola and Rogers County, the Inola school system and Northeast Tech, and will eventually create significant benefit through new tax revenues,” said Inola Mayor Larry Grigg. “This comes about with groups such as the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Rogers County and the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority working together, along with the Town of Inola, to make this opportunity a reality. We are excited about the positive impact this will bring to the area.”
“The Sofidel Group thoroughly researched a number of sites across the country before choosing Rogers County and the Inola community,” said Rogers County Commissioner Ron Burrows. “They chose Rogers County because we make good partners and good neighbors. This investment will benefit the entire county for decades to come. I look forward to continuing our close relationship and making Rogers County a great place for great businesses just like Sofidel.”
“Sofidel’s investment is a great achievement for both the company and northeast Oklahoma, and a laurel for the Chamber’s economic development efforts,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “I commend all the partners involved for their hard work and diligence to secure this project. The direct result is the largest capital investment in our region in decades.”
About Sofidel Group
The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, Sofidel has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA – and more than 6,000 employees, a consolidated turnover of 1,842 million Euros (2016) and a production capacity of over one million tons per year (1,098,000 tons in 2017). A member of UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.
About the Tulsa Regional Chamber
Established in 1903, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s mission is to serve as the principal business-driven leadership organization improving the quality of community life through the development of regional economic prosperity. The Chamber represents nearly 2,000 member organizations and approximately 176,000 area employees, utilizing nearly 4,100 volunteers to accomplish its programs and services.
The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) named the Tulsa Regional Chamber the nation’s best chamber in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2013, the Chamber received the Oklahoma Quality Foundation's Quality Award for Commitment, and the Quality Award for Excellence in 2015. Additionally, the Chamber holds three prestigious accreditations: five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; accredited economic development organization through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); and accredited destination marketing organization through the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).
Governor Mary Fallin poses Friday with state, local and tribal officials and executives from Sofidel Group on a hill overlooking the future site of the Italian manufacturer's new, modern integrated plant that will support 300 jobs.
Historic Downtown Poteau is offering some great events through the year and are looking for sponsors and volunteers to help them reach their goals.
Some of the events are:
First Fridays - You requested it so we are doing it!! April through September on the first Friday of each month. Adult only event with Live Music MUSI and a beer/wine garden.
Farmers Market - True farmers market with all produce, meat and baked goods!! Starts in June and run through August or September (depends on produce production).
Golf Tournament - June 2018
Car/Bike Show - September 22,2018
Halloween Trick Or Treat Walk - October 31st - after school
Dewey the Elf/Shop Small Saturday - November 24, 2018 kicks of Christmas shopping in the downtown area. Eve.
Chili Cook off and Raffle - December 14th
Christmas Light Show - Kicks off the 1st weekend of December
Become a member of Historic Downtown Poteau
Corporate member levels:
• Window decal to display with membership level
• 10 foot group banner displayed in the pocket park for the 2018 season (April - Dec) and at events held at alternate locations
• Listed sponsor on printed media (paper and sociai media)
• Eligible for facade grants
• Mentioned in all advertising we do in live media (TV and Radio)
• Window decal to display with membership level
• 8 foot group banner displayed in the pocket park for the 2018 seascon (April - Dec) and at events he1d at alternate locations
• Listed sponsor on printed media (paper and social media)
• Eligible for facade grants
• Window decal to display
• 6 foot group banner displayed in the pocket park for the 2018 season (April - Dec) and at events he1d at alternate locations
• Listed sponsor on printed media (paper and social media)
• Window decal to display with membership level
• 4 foot group banner displayed in the pocket park for the 2018 season (April - Dec) and at events he1d at alternate locations
For more information or to become a sponsor call Mary at 918-647-8648.
The Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center sponsored a ribbon cutting February 13, 2018 at Duncan Delights Bake Shop located at 317 Dallas Street in Downtown Talihina.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and helped welcome the wonderful bakery to our town. Anita Duncan the owner along with her staff made some wonderful pastries, muffins and other refreshments.
They have an assortment of baked goods and do custom orders.
Be sure to check out their daily lunch specials.
Stop by or call 918-567-4199.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today said the decision by Google to invest an additional $600 million at its data center near Pryor in Mayes County is an indication of Oklahoma’s strong pro-business environment.
Today’s announcement by Google will bring the technology company’s total investment in Oklahoma to more than $2.5 billion. The Google campus at the Mid-America Industrial Park near Pryor employs more than 400, and is Google’s second-largest data center in the world.
As part of the additional investment, Google will add another four-story data center to increase efficiency of its land usage and data center operations. The Mayes County data center opened in 2011, and its continued growth on Google’s campus has supported thousands of local construction jobs.
“Google’s $2.5 billion investment in Mayes County represents a major economic win,” said Fallin. “It further emphasizes that our pro-business environment helps Oklahoma attract and retain some of the best companies in the world.”
Oklahoma offers a low cost of business. It has the lowest tax burden in the country, and its energy rates are about 24 percent lower than the national average.
“Google continues to be a valuable partner in our state by reinvesting in the community,” Fallin said. “It has donated more than $2 million in STEM grants and tech programs, which is another reason I’m pleased Google has chosen to grow in Oklahoma.”
In 2016, Google announced an expansion to its campus at the Mid-America Industrial Park, which included a new four-story data center. Since then, Google has grown by many hundreds of thousands of square feet.
“Oklahoma has proven to be an important home for Google since opening our data center operations here in 2011,” said Andrew Silvestri, head of external affairs for Google in Oklahoma. “We’ve been able to accelerate our growth here in part due to the incredible support from our Mayes County partners and the state of Oklahoma. We look forward to continuing our success in Oklahoma.”
Press Release from Gail Caddell
Talihina Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Duncan Delights Bakery located at 317 Dallas Street Downtown Talihina.
The Talihina Chamber will sponsor a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, February 13 at 10am.
Refreshments will be served.
The bakery has a variety of fresh baked goods, and they also do custom orders.
Make plans to enjoy soup and sandwich or one of the delicious lunch specials available.
Be sure to check out the handcrafted items also available.
United Country – Jim Mixon Realty is pleased to announce Jeff Shockley as a new sales associate/ broker.
Shockley has had his real estate license for about 4 years and received his broker license in December 2017.
“Jim and I are delighted to have Jeff as part of our team,” said Darali Mixon. “He brings some new energy.”
“I look forward for the chance to work learn from Jim Mixon and his 60 years of experience,” said Shockley. “This is a good opportunity for me and my family, as I am not going be Mayor forever.”
Shockley who currently serves as the Mayor of Poteau, says his top priority is the citizens of Poteau and by selling real estate he can extend his services to the community.
If you're searching for real estate, like country homes, premier properties, farms and ranches, development land, lakefront property, mountain property, recreational property or commercial property give Jeff Shockley a call 918.647.6470.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced that Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, is opening administrative and engineering offices and production facilities in Oklahoma City. The offices and productions facilities will accommodate expected increased demand for high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial tactical and target drone systems.
“Oklahoma is one of the world's premier destinations for the aerospace and defense industry. Kratos’ announcement of a new facility is a testament to the strength of the industry in our state,” said Fallin. “Our skilled aerospace and engineering workforce, combined with the Quality Jobs Program and the Aerospace Engineering Tax Credit incentives along with our proximity to other world-class companies and defense operations, made Oklahoma City the right choice for Kratos.”
Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce initially met with the company at the Farnborough International Airshow, a weeklong event in the United Kingdom, in 2016. U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, R-OK, had met the company executives earlier that year at a Kratos reception in Washington D.C. These exchanges prompted the company to begin looking at Oklahoma as a potential location for expanded operations for the company’s unmanned systems division.
“Advanced military target drones with fighter-like performance have been the mainstay of our company, and we have come to dominate that market as our customers are replacing their drone fleets with the latest technology, and as a result, orders have increased substantially,” said Steve Fendley, president of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division.
Referring to a recent Aviation Week and Space Technology article entitled, “Kratos Expands Target Drone Business,” which discusses target drones with fighter-like performance; Fendley said: “This is Kratos’ niche in the unmanned aircraft arena, and the article reports that more than 1,500 MQM-107 target aircraft were produced. Our BQM-167, already in production with the U.S. Air Force since the mid-2000s, has now also been selected as the replacement for the MQM-107, and begins production for the U.S. Army this year. We see the potential as even greater than for the heritage 107s with the increased capabilities our 167 offers. In addition, our tactical UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) drone systems have generated significant interest, and we expect to be focusing these efforts and ramping up production of these tactical aircraft in Oklahoma, which has a highly educated and technical workforce, offers a cost-effective business and family environment, and is a great place for employees to live.”
Kratos is initially occupying an 8,800-square-foot facility in Oklahoma City near Tinker Air Force Base, where the focus will be on engineering and production planning. Within six months, the company plans to expand into a 75,000-square-foot facility to support its initial production efforts in Oklahoma. The company expects to employ more than 350 workers in Oklahoma within the next few years.
“We are both honored and privileged to be here today in the great state of Oklahoma,” said Eric DeMarco, president and chief executive officer of Kratos. “Kratos is focused on delivering technology and products for greater effectiveness at an affordable cost for our customers, and our new facility in Oklahoma City is another step forward in the successful execution of that strategy.”
Earlier this month, Kratos announced a $23 million unmanned aerial drone system production award from an unnamed customer and a $93 million contract to supply target drones to the Army. This most recent contract makes Kratos the sole supplier of jet-powered, sub-scale target drones to all branches of the U.S. military. Kratos’ unmanned target drones recently participated in Exercise Formidable Shield 2017, a live-fire integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) exercise conducted by Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO on behalf of the U.S. 6th Fleet.
Kratos is also currently under contract to develop and demonstrate high-performance tactical drone systems that act as a loyal wingman to manned fighter aircraft or can operate independently. The company’s Mako tactical unmanned aerial drone system completed its initial successful test flights in 2015 and most recently participated in a major military exercise, with additional flights planned for this year. Kratos is scheduled to deliver its next generation tactical drone, the Valkyrie, in 2018.
“I have been deeply impressed with the incredible advanced technology Kratos is developing to defend our country and airspace,” said Russell. “I have every expectation that Kratos will bring quality, high-paying jobs to the people of our great state, their presence will boost the Oklahoma economy, and most importantly, their work will ensure America has superiority in our airspace for decades to come.”
“I am pleased to welcome Kratos to Oklahoma. With our skilled workforce and longstanding commitment to supporting our armed forces, Oklahoma is an excellent choice for Kratos’ new facility for tactical drone systems,” said U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK. “Kratos, a leader in developing drone technology and producing tactical drone systems to support our military, will create hundreds of high-paying jobs in Oklahoma City, and grow our economy.”
Kratos will continue target drone production from its existing Sacramento, California, facility, with a significant production ramp-up, having already begun at that facility, and expected to increase even more over the next 24 months.
Oklahoma will be the site for new tactical drone production and excess demand requirements related to target drone production.
About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops transformative, affordable technology for the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries are brought to market through proactive research and a streamlined development process. Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, and training and combat systems. For more information go to www.kratosdefense.com
The Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau is offering some great short-term classes.
February 3, 2018 - Google Apps, Extensions, and Add-ons class.
Class hours from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
The class will take your google expertise a step beyond the world of Gmail and surfing the internet.
The class is designed for teachers, but the class is open to all who are interested in improving their technology resources and improve productivity and marketing skills.
The class is taught by Nikki Cruse, a Google Certified Instructor and the cost is $30.00
February 3, 2018 - Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Lap/Baby Quilt Making
The Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau is offering a Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Lap/Baby Quilt Making from 9:00 am – 1:00. If you have always wanted to learn to quilt, now is the time.
The class will offer step by step instructions on the process of cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting your own lap/ baby quilt.
A supply list will be provided, and you will need to bring your own sewing machine.
Cost of the class is $30.00
Dutch Oven Cooking Class - February 3, 2018
Sign up now for Dutch Oven Cooking at the Kiamichi Technology Center.
Learn how to set up and cook while camping or in your own back yard.
The class will be Feb 3, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Cost of the class is $35.00
POTEAU, OKLAHOMA - It's time to sign up for Leadership LeFlore County 2018
Leadership LeFlore County is a county wide leadership program designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and learning experiences, which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership.
Leadership LeFlore County is sponsored by the LeFlore County Economic Development Foundation, OSU Extension and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.
This is the 11th year for Leadership Leflore County.
The course will consist of seven sessions.
Tuition Cost $60.00
Classes will be held throughout the county.
As with all worthwhile endeavors, this program requires a definite commitment of time on the part of each participant. (Spouses are not included in meetings)
Attendance is mandatory for successful competition of the program.