Sofidel Paper Mill in Inola should be up and running by August.
Rogers County Commissioner Ron Burrows said that necessary infrastructure projects surrounding the industrial park are near completion.
In 2018 Sofidel, an Italian paper manufacture, announced the construction of a 1.8 million square foot facility that will reportedly support over 300 jobs and a $360 million capital investment in Inola.
In order to support the new facility, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is rebuilding three miles of 4190 Road and the town of Inola has nearly completed a second sewer system for the industrial park.
“Everything is operational now,” Burrows said, with regard to the sewer system.
Paid for largely through grants, the system is made of three large sewage lagoons that are connected by a pressurized line to the Sofidel facility.
It is designed to handle the Sofidel plant, a planned Sofidel expansion and a second industry at the industrial park.
“For all intents and purposes, the sewer line will be finished by the end of May or early June,” Burrows said. “This was the cheapest route to quickly get them up and running.”
The town of Inola will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the sewer system.
The road is expected to be complete by September, Burrows said.
“They had to make some changes and add some cost to that because the existing road was not as good as we thought,” Burrows said.
Certain functions of the Sofidel plant will be up and running by August.
Sofidel will be fully operational by the end of 2019.