“Our 68-year-old, second-generation family business has been blessed with significant growth since our last expansions in 2005 and 2013,” commented McElroy President and CEO Chip McElroy. “Our existing campuses are operating at near or full capacity, and over the last 18 months our company leadership has worked toward acquiring a new facility to address our market growth while maintaining our commitment to this great community where we live.”
“We are excited to announce McElroy expanding to Broken Arrow. They have a strong and longstanding reputation in our region for being dedicated employers and for providing innovative quality products,” said Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation. “This is definitely a win for Broken Arrow and we are thrilled they will continue their upward trajectory in this facility. We believe they will be incredible partners with our community.”
The new facility will provide an additional 193,000 square feet of space for McElroy operations, including a planned showcase assembly operation responsible for roughly 40% of McElroy’s annual business. The extensive office space available at the new Broken Arrow Campus will allow McElroy to relocate all customer-facing departments while providing for future growth needs as well. Other McElroy facilities will be repurposed to support other product families in the growing product line.
“This acquisition will pave the way for our growth over the next decade,” McElroy added. “It’s exciting how well this industrial facility fits our needs, and we are equally proud to be increasing our investment and commitment to the greater northeastern Oklahoma region. We are passionate about this business, and care deeply about creating a great work home for the approximately 370 employees that we consider part of our extended ’family’ and who make McElroy what it is today.”
Port of Muskogee Launches New Website, Branding
The Muskogee City-County Port Authority has launched a new website and brand name – Port Muskogee. The effort is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to attract global business operations to Muskogee, and reflects an expanded footprint of industry services offered to the region’s business community. The campaign is designed to build on the economic momentum that established Muskogee as a top five county in Oklahoma for capital investment in 2022. Last year, existing companies announced 291 new jobs and an intended capital investment totaling more than $83 million with a total annual economic impact of $128.6 million.
This strategic initiative comes at a transformational time for the Port Authority as it executes a historic $58 million investment in infrastructure improvements and expands its industry offerings. Port Muskogee offers workforce development and talent solutions and recently launched an innovative local initiative aimed at employee retention and recruitment. Ready.Set.Move. is a $10,000 incentive available to talent who will move to Muskogee and purchase a home.
“In the competitive world of economic development, how you tell your community’s story matters. We know that Muskogee’s location and business climate offers companies the right ingredients for success and this brand realignment will help us share that story like never before,” said Port Director Kimbra Scott. “The more we can educate industries on the benefits of investing in our community, the more we’re helping our economy and people thrive. This new website is an exciting resource to help us carry out that mission.”
The new website highlights essential port, location, workforce, industry, and community data, as well as an interactive map of the region with available industrial sites and a dynamic history timeline dating back to 1908. It also includes information about Three Forks Harbor, the recreational component of the Muskogee City-County Port Authority.