t is the largest industrial park in Oklahoma. At 9,000 acres in size, it is also regarded as the largest rural industrial park in the nation. But, what is really important to prospects is the impact that MidAmerica Industrial Park can have on their bottom line.
When MidAmerica's management team tells prospective companies about their suite of competitive advantages, visitors welcome the news that can really make a difference to their company.
Perhaps it is the location. Equidistant from both coasts, MidAmerica is right at the intersection of two major interstates near Tulsa. "When we say that we are at the crossroads of the Wal-Mart Expressway and the NAFTA Transportation Corridor, most people have a pretty good grasp of where that is," said Sanders Mitchell, Administrator for the park. The park is bounded by both Highway 69 and Highway 412; two major four-lane US interstates that can deliver a "same day" logistics punch to nearly one-third of the nation. In addition, lead rails traverse many sections of the park and there's even an on-site Regional Business Airport that is jet-certified for most corporate business aircraft. Just 15 minutes away, an inland waterway port provides barge transportation as yet another option for year 'round convenience.
Maybe it is the cost and variety of utilities to be found on-site. There are two natural gas transport suppliers. The primary electrical provider to the park's industries has its major source of power generation on-site for more reliable service. There are two transmission substations and five distribution substations conveniently located throughout the park. It is a very competitive market for electrical service. Prospects can expect megawatts of savings compared to other locations in the Sunbelt.
Is water important? To major users, it can be a critical element of their operations. At MidAmerica, it can flow in abundance. The park owns both water and wastewater treatment plants. Rates lead the nation in affordability and companies that need a million gallons per day — or more — can be served without problem.
Seeking a skilled workforce? MidAmerica industries enjoy some of the nation's most productive employees. And, to assure that your labor force remains competitive in a global economy, you can keep their skill sets sharp at one of two nationally-regarded on-site training facilities.
Another competitive advantage includes a tradition of helping firms get more money to their bottom line. "We can often help a company reduce operating costs by 20-70% and that's a pretty big deal in challenging times like we have now," said Mitchell. Even MidAmerica's hometown has the dollar-stretching spirit. For several years, Pryor Creek has been listed as among the top ten for low costs according to the quarterly ACCRA Cost of Living Index. Recently, Pryor Creek took the "Number 1" position in the nation for affordability.
For plant sites, MidAmerica has no shortage of options. Several spec buildings are almost always available. There's a 140,000 square-foot air-conditioned manufacturing facility for four-season productivity. Two new 30,000 square-foot buildings are also available. Numerous Greenfield sites are offered, too — along with many "BuildNow" shovel-ready sites that enable companies to start construction immediately and avoid all the "red tape and zoning commission" issues. For example, Google chose a BuildNow site for a data center that will be soon integrated into their international network of similar facilities.
Need more incentives? Come and get'em. Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Program could be worth millions to qualified companies. Numerous other income tax credits, sales tax exclusions, and ad valorem exemptions are also available.
Founded in October of 1961, MidAmerica will soon begin a year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The park has a colorful history with milestones that include a Presidential visit from LBJ and many years of an on-site industrial trade show designed to introduce MidAmerica firms to the local community.
MidAmerica is governed by a board of trustees to oversee all business operations. The park has accrued a "blue chip" roster of over 80 companies that includes divisions more than a dozen Fortune/Global 500 firms. It has been recognized by leading economic development publications as a top-ranked expansion or relocation site for growing companies and has been named as a "Certified Industrial Park" by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Additional details about MidAmerica can be found on their Web site: www.maip.com.
he Army's unique commitment to the three arsenals in the country means commercial industry has opportunities not available anywhere else. These amenities include being located on a secure installation with gated and guarded checkpoints, no-cost buildout of commercial spaces for private industry, and quality-of-life attributes such as being located on the beautiful Mississippi River, in a park-like setting. The Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is one such location.
Strategically located on an island in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois, the Rock Island Arsenal is an active U.S. Army facility. The Arsenal is home to approximately 75 Department of Defense organizations including a major Army logistics and manufacturing center. In addition, the Arsenal currently has 41 non-military tenant businesses, with a total of 420 employees. However, over 200,000 square feet of space is still available in their business park for private industry.
No Buildout Costs
With the cooperation of the federal government, the Rock Island Arsenal's business park offers space for manufacturing, office, and warehouse uses. Thanks to Arsenal Support Program Initiative (ASPI), tenants incur no out-of-pocket expense for facility renovations, including architectural and engineering fees. Plus tenants enjoy no-added-cost property amenities from grounds maintenance to free electricity in most cases.
Larry Light, Site Director for Hancock Management, one of the Rock Island Arsenal's tenants states, "I tell people this is a good place to locate, even if you're not doing business with the government. Here you come in and get security, housekeeping, and the utilities all included. It makes it easy to budget when you know exactly what your expenses are going to be."
Military Class Security
Thanks to the Department of the Army, tenants enjoy extraordinary security with controlled access points, a full-time protection staff, and fire department on the island. Three controlled access points staffed by federal police provide extraordinary security for businesses. Employees are issued identity badges allowing access to the Arsenal and visitors can easily obtain guest badges. A fully-staffed, dedicated fire department means that response time is nearly instantaneous on this 946-acre island representing a fraction of what you would experience elsewhere.
"In making a decision to come to the Arsenal, I think in our case one of the real draws was the security. The second is the facilities, the services, and the uninterrupted power supplies - they have redundant power on the base. The fire department and police force are integral to the Arsenal itself. All these together were major factors in making a decision to come here," claims Dallas Wolf, COO of AmCad, another tenant.
Finally, the amenities of this business park are unparalleled.
Located on an island in the Mississippi River, employees can enjoy viewing bald eagles and white pelicans in the fall and winter, and watch pleasure boats and barges float by in the warm months. The Arsenal is on the Register of National Historic Places, and the old limestone buildings sit majestically in a natural setting. (Don't let the old buildings fool you, they are renovated and up-to-date with all the latest technologies.) In addition, the Arsenal has a fitness center, child-care center, immediate care medical clinic, golf club, 18-holf championship golf course, picnic shelters, and bike paths.
"This is such a lovely location," comments Debbie Shivers, Principal with tenant Thoth Solutions. "You can walk on the path along the river at lunchtime or whenever you need to take a break."
When comparing business parks across the U.S., the Rock Island Arsenal stands apart. "In making recommendations to come to the Quad-Cities, and specifically to the Arsenal, I would tell them that in my experience this is probably the best-kept secret in the country, in terms of lifestyle, a good place to live, cost of living, ability to do business, a great place to work, and an outstanding workforce," concludes Mr. Wolf.
ecause of the many economic development assets associated with our industrial parks, Operation Oswego County (OOC) is able to be competitive when attracting prospective businesses to Oswego County, New York. Some of those assets include strategic locations near major highways, railroads and airports, existing infrastructure, economic benefits and incentives, and diverse parcels and buildings for office, research and development, light industrial, distribution and manufacturing space.
OOC is a private, non-profit organization that works to enhance the business and industrial climate of Oswego County. Services provided include: site selection assistance; financial packaging; retention/expansion outreach programs; and specialized research and technical assistance.
OOC operates three industrial parks including the 182-acre Oswego County Industrial Park off of NYS Route 481 in the town of Schroeppel, the 57-acre Lake Ontario Industrial Park in the city of Oswego and the 170-acre Airport Industrial Park in the town of Volney. We also work to promote development of privately owned industrial parks such as the Riverview Business Park in the town of Volney and the Rich Industrial Park in the town of Hastings. We are also involved with the continuing development of a 100-acre Minetto Canal Park at the former Columbia Mills Brownfield site in the town of Minetto.
Our industrial parks host a variety of businesses such as Northland Filter International, Great Lakes Veneer, Canfield Machine and Tool, National Grid, Otis Technology, Enders Racing Engines, Discovery Day Care Center, Southern Graphic Systems, Super Coil, Inc., 2SQ Machine Tools, and an Oswego State University satellite campus.
Additionally, Riverview Business Park is being developed as an industrial park with a special focus on renewable energy and agribusiness. Sunoco operates the largest ethanol plant in the Northeast and currently employs 67 people. At full capacity, the plant produces 100 million gallons of ethanol annually, which is estimated to be 25 percent of Sunoco's total ethanol needs. The plant is the first ethanol facility for the company. Linde operates a CO2 liquefaction plant and processes the CO2 from Sunoco for use in the food and beverage industry. This synergistic relationship significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with the manufacturing process.
For more information about OOC or economic development services in Oswego County, call 343-1545 or visit our website at www.oswegocounty.org.