Two state-level awards came home to Rogers County this week.
Governor Kevin Stitt presented four awards during the inaugural Governor’s Economic Development and Workforce Summit, hosted by the Oklahoma Economic Development Council and Rogers County was on the receiving end of two of them.
PSO for the Inola’s Sofidel tissue plant and Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority both received awards for Project of the Year, based on their respective population size.
Sofidel will permanently employee 300 people and have an estimated economic impact of $100 million once it is completed.
With a projected August opening date, Sofidel represents ongoing partnerships and infrastructure development. The project was first announced in 2018 and included the construction of a $1.9 million square foot facility that will support over 300 jobs and represent a $360 million capital investment in Rogers County.
In a previous story, Rogers County Commissioner Ron Burrows said, “I’m proud of this project...We spent four years trying to get Sofidel to choose Rogers County. We spent a lot of time trying to get all the pieces of the puzzle to come together...”
The Project of the Year Award for population 16,001 to 40,000 was presented to CIEDA for the announcement of MST Manufacturing by Kenneth and Mary Statton.
CIEDA anticipates this project will bring 100 quality jobs to Claremore over the next few years and said this project was the culmination of a more than two-year partnership.
“CIEDA purchased manufacturing space to offer favorable lease purchase options along with other incentives and workforce aid that enabled the company to get up and running quickly,” they said in a statement following the summit.
“This project exemplifies success in working with private investment, while partnering with businesses and workforce partners for economic growth in the community,” said John Feary, executive director of the CIEDA. “The fact that companies such as MST continue to choose Claremore and Rogers County as home for their facilities is a true testament to our community’s willingness and commitment to help businesses achieve their greatest potential.”
Feary took the opportunity to praise his team saying, “My team is probably the best team any economic development team in the state can claim. I am so proud of them.”
CIEDA may be celebrating the achievement, but they’re not done yet.
“For more than 70 years, CIEDA has remained dedicated to aiding local business and ensuring the long-term economic success in our community,” said Ryan Neely, CIEDA chairman. “To be recognized on state-level for our organization’s passion to grow Claremore is a true honor. The work does not stop after the announcement, and we look forward to our continued partnership with MST in expanding its workforce and footprint in Rogers County.”