Greenheck Group breaks ground on Tulsa campus
8 Sep 2017
Business Attraction, Tulsa's Future and Regional Partners
Greenheck Group, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of air movement, control and conditioning equipment, broke ground on a new manufacturing campus in Tulsa. Located near Apache and 129th E. Ave, the facility will establish a presence in northeast Oklahoma for the 70-year-old company.
“The Tulsa community is extraordinary,” said Greenheck Group CEO Jim McIntyre. “The central location to our customers, the robust and growing business areas, and ready access to a smart, talented workforce, made the decision to expand into Tulsa an effortless one. We appreciate the sincere hospitality this city has shown to us. Since our humble beginnings in 1947, the Greenheck Group story is one of continuous growth and innovation. I believe this is because, regardless of location, our teams of employees have taken to heart our company’s core values and have placed an emphasis on continuous improvement through learning, innovation, and teamwork. ”
The company expects to be operational at its first of two facilities by the summer of 2018. Preliminary plans call for the construction of two 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facilities and a 20,000-square-foot office building. Initially, the Tulsa campus will include manufacturing operations and distribution for Greenheck Group’s Accurex brand of commercial kitchen ventilation systems and its Greenheck Tempered Air Products (TAP) line.
“This investment by Greenheck Group is great news for our state, and also the latest proof of our continued efforts to diversify and grow manufacturing jobs in Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. “The jobs Greenheck Group is bringing to Oklahoma are good, high- paying jobs that will help improve our overall economy and make us a more prosperous state. The Greenheck Group is a three-time winner of the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award, and is a prime example of the type of quality company we strive to attract with Oklahoma’s pro- business policies and programs.”
“The substantial investment that Greenheck Group is making in Tulsa is truly a sign of their long-term commitment to the community,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. “Additionally, the level of thought that I know has already gone into master planning the campus is a testament to Greenheck’s desire to be an employer of choice for the residents of Tulsa. The City of Tulsa has been diligently working with Greenheck staff in Wisconsin and local contractors in advance of this groundbreaking, and we are committed to working as a partner throughout the development process. I look forward to seeing the results of what I know will be months of hard work when the campus opens for business in 2018.
Greenheck Group employs more than 3,300 individuals worldwide, with manufacturing and assembly facilities in Wisconsin, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Mexico and India.
“We are thrilled with the decision to expand operations into Tulsa, and we aim to be an employer of choice in the area,” said Greenheck Group Vice President of Human Resources Kathy Drengler. “We plan to accomplish this by providing competitive wages, a broad offering of employee benefits, employee growth opportunities through training and development, and a campus that will provide a suite of employee amenities and services such as an onsite health and wellness center. We expect to begin hiring our Tulsa team in the spring of 2018, and we will work closely with Tulsa Tech, the Chamber, Cherokee Nation and other community partners to find the best people.”
“We are proud to have joined so many outstanding partners, including the City of Tulsa, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the Oklahoma Commerce Department, to see this expansion project succeed and be here as Greenheck officially launches its new advanced manufacturing facility in northeast Oklahoma,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Cherokee Nation will remain diligently involved, ensuring a skilled workforce is trained and ready to fulfill the quality jobs Greenheck will create in Oklahoma.”
“This groundbreaking marks the culmination of an eight-month journey made possible by Tulsa’s Future, the Chamber-led regional economic development plan,” said Tulsa Regional Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal. “A key pillar of that plan calls for creation of high quality jobs, and this project certainly does that. We look forward to continuing to help the Greenheck Group establish itself in the Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma community.”