Courtesy Vision Tulsa
Muncie Power Products and Tulsa Officials broke ground on Muncie’s new facility at the Peoria-Mohawk Business Park on July 23. Located at Peoria and 36th Street North, the business park is comprised of 120-plus acres of land that represents a cornerstone of planned redevelopment efforts in North Tulsa.
Muncie’s new facility is the first to break ground there. The new facility will be 250,000 square feet and provide additional capacity for new manufacturing machinery, assembly equipment and warehousing. This will be the primary manufacturing facility for Muncie Power Products where it manufactures and assembles power take-offs and other hydraulic components for work trucks.
“Today marks an exciting new chapter for Muncie Power Products as we break ground on a new manufacturing facility. This new facility will allow us to better serve our customers and support market demand, while also providing the best possible working conditions for all of our employees at this location,” said Ray Chambers, chairman, CEO and president of Muncie Power Products.
Muncie Power Products is currently located in Tulsa, but its growing operation led to the decision to build a new facility and expand their manufacturing capabilities in North Tulsa.
“This is a great day for Tulsa with Muncie serving as the first of many businesses that will choose to build in the Peoria Mohawk Business Park,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Economic mobility was the driving force that launched this project forward with the combination of local housing and community development occurring in nearby neighborhoods and with a Bus Rapid Transit system that is fully operational and in place for residents. We are here today thanks to the leadership of Muncie, the persistent efforts by Tulsans who care about their community and for collaborative partners that have invested in creating more economic opportunity for North Tulsa.”
“The State of Oklahoma is excited to see the significant investment Muncie is making in the city of Tulsa and the Peoria Mohawk Business Park,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “The addition of a new building, automated machinery and new equipment will move the company closer to its mission of becoming a world-class manufacturer of power take-offs and fluid power components for the work truck industry. Helping Oklahoma companies expand in our state is a key initiative of my administration and I am excited to see how this project will spur economic development throughout North Tulsa. Muncie’s investment is another testament that Oklahoma remains open for business.”
Made possible through a unique partnership between the City of Tulsa and George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), the Peoria-Mohawk Business Park is a first-of-its-kind effort to partner with businesses investing in the Tulsa community. Public investment dollars approved through Vision Tulsa were used to prepare and enhance the Business Park, positioning it to be the top industrial location in the Tulsa city limits. GKFF provided free land for the Peoria-Mohawk Business Park.
“The goal of Peoria-Mohawk is to increase economic opportunity in and for the North Tulsa community by providing skilled, living wage jobs. We are grateful for Muncie’s commitment to that goal by being the first company to locate here,” Josh Miller, Program Officer for the George Kaiser Family Foundation said. “The building of this facility will not only attract future employers to the site, but also act as a catalyst for further economic development in the surrounding neighborhoods.”
“As the District 1 City Councilor, I am excited about the economic development that Muncie Power is bringing to District 1,” District 1 City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper said. “I‘m even more excited about the opportunities that District 1 residents will have to earn a livable wage right here in our own community and I look forward to sharing and advocating for these employment opportunities for District 1 residents.”
“The Chamber congratulates Muncie Power Products on its new facility and for being the first company to break ground in Tulsa’s Peoria-Mohawk Business Park,” Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber said. “Muncie is a valued corporate citizen, and we’re grateful for their investment in the north Tulsa community. We look forward to future development and jobs created at the park, and we thank the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the City of Tulsa for their continued commitment to north Tulsa’s economic growth.”
Muncie Power Products has partnered with Merak Group for the construction of their new facility. Construction of the first phase is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2021.
Site development of the Peoria-Mohawk Business Park was supported by a $10 million incentive funded through Vision Tulsa; a portion of this has supported the Muncie site. Remaining funds have been reserved to facilitate development of the remainder of the site.
Partners on this project include: GKFF, City of Tulsa, Tulsa Community WorkAdvance, Tulsa Tech and all North Tulsa community organizations as their continued support ensured the success of the Peoria-Mohawk site.
The business park will build upon the work already in progress by the Tulsa Housing Authority with Envision Comanche, which reimagines and rebuilds existing public housing located just to the north of this site. Last year, the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Transit also launched the Aero – Peoria Bus Rapid Transit line, becoming one of only a few cities in the U.S. with this type of service.
About Muncie Power Products
Muncie Power Products, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of power take-offs and fluid power components for vocational trucks. A member of the multinational Interpump Group, Muncie Power Products’ manufacturing operations are held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with eight additional facilities across the country. Since 1935, we have been committed to the constant improvement of our people, products, and services to deliver unmatched customer support and quality products. Our core values include understanding, and believing, in our company legacy of care for the communities where we live and conduct business.
About Vision Tulsa
Vision Tulsa, an $884 million sales tax renewal package approved by voters in 2016, is making substantial investments in economic development, education, public safety, streets and transportation needs citywide. With citizen priorities providing the driving force behind the creation of Vision Tulsa, transformative projects and enhancements are setting the stage for a bright future for Tulsa.