Broken Arrow firm makes state Quality Jobs list
BY ROD WALTON World Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
BROKEN ARROW — BlackHawk Industrial Distribution Inc. started 26 months ago with only one employee but has grown organically and through buying other firms to now stand at 500 people nationwide and 30 locally, its founder said Tuesday.
The company entered the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program to benefit from payroll tax rebates if it follows through with hiring plans. BlackHawk is eligible for up to $3.4 million worth of incentives if it adds as many as 168 employees over the next few years.
“We’re going to grow through acquisitions,” founder Bill Scheller said. “And we’ll continue to build out our Oklahoma presence.”
The other state Quality Jobs enrollee is Equipment Technology LLC of Oklahoma City. Equipment Technology, which makes aerial lifts and utility truck bodies, stands to gain up $3.17 million in payroll tax rebates if it expands by 200 employees.