Greenheck Group, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of air movement, control and conditioning equipment, announced today it will build a new campus in Tulsa. The company plans to break ground later this year and be operational at its first of two facilities by the summer of 2018. Initially, the northeast 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.
“Tulsa is the ideal location for our new Greenheck Group campus,” said Jim McIntyre, CEO of Greenheck Group. “The central location, the robust and growing business sector, and ready access to a smart, talented workforce were all key factors in our decision. In addition, we were impressed by the strong leadership and collaboration between the City of Tulsa, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, the Cherokee Nation, the State of Oklahoma, and the local technical colleges. We are looking forward to breaking ground, opening our doors, and becoming part of the Tulsa community.”
Initial plans call for the hiring of approximately 75 employees during the first year of operations, with Greenheck Group significantly growing its Tulsa-area presence in the coming years. The Accurex facility will be the first to open next summer, followed closely by the TAP facility in the fall of 2018. The company envisions that additional facilities to support other Greenheck Group brands and product lines will establish a Tulsa presence as growth needs dictate.
“We’re thrilled that Greenheck Group sees potential for future growth in the Tulsa region,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Greenheck is an exemplary corporate citizen, and their commitment to their employees — evidenced by extremely low turnover rates — is unparalleled. We look forward to continue helping Greenheck Group establish itself in the Tulsa community.”
The Tulsa Regional Chamber first engaged with the Greenheck Group in February, helping the company coordinate a site visit to northeast Oklahoma. Chamber staff worked with the company for several months as their primary point of contact for finalizing project details, including real estate and site selection, workforce needs, engineering, and infrastructure. In addition, the Chamber facilitated introductions between Greenheck Group leadership and existing northeast Oklahoma companies that could offer a firsthand perspective on the region’s business climate.
“Greenheck Group’s expansion in Tulsa will create high-quality jobs,” said Brien Thorstenberg, senior vice president of economic development at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “During the site selection process, I was continually impressed with Greenheck Group’s leadership team. The company’s personality, values and culture are a genuine fit with those of the Tulsa business community. The partners involved in this project — the company; the Chamber; city, state and tribal representatives; and others — developed a strong sense of trust that ultimately made Tulsa the successful candidate for Greenheck Group’s expansion.”
“Tulsa’s history is rich with contributions from the manufacturing industry, and today’s announcement signals the prominent role manufacturers will continue to play in our city’s economic growth and revitalization,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. “Having worked with team members from the Greenheck Group over the past several months as they evaluated various sites in the southern U.S., I can say without a doubt that their commitment to becoming an employer of choice and community partner is genuine, and reflects the same values which have shaped Tulsa’s broader business community. I look forward to continuing to work with the Greenheck Group in the coming months and years.”
Greenheck Group’s flagship ventilation products are used in hospitals, office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, schools, industrial plants and other commercial buildings. Its product portfolio includes architectural louvers and sunshades, specialized air-handling systems, heating and cooling coils, kitchen ventilation systems, and many related accessories and services. The company has manufacturing and assembly facilities in Wisconsin, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina, Mexico, and India.
“A three-time winner of the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award, Greenheck Group is a prime example of the type of quality company we strive to attract with Oklahoma’s pro-business policies and programs,” said Governor Mary Fallin. “Oklahoma welcomes Greenheck Group, and we look forward to a long relationship with a company demonstrably committed to its employees, customers and the communities in which it operates.”
"Cherokee Nation is committed to growing a 21st-century economy in northeast Oklahoma and attracting companies that will create good jobs and improve the quality of life in our communities," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. "A tribal government collaborating with an economic development entity like the Tulsa Regional Chamber is something unique to our great state. We have a successful partnership that will help provide a qualified and well-trained workforce going forward. I am proud Cherokee Nation continues to play a critical role ensuring northeast Oklahoma continues to be the best place to live, work and raise a family."
Employment opportunities at the Greenheck Group’s future Tulsa location can be found at careers.greenheck.com/.