Evans Enterprises to expand west Tulsa facility
BY ROD WALTON World Staff Writer
Saturday, March 09, 2013
3/09/13 at 4:59 AM
Evans Enterprises Inc. will spend $5 million on equipment and a building expansion at its west Tulsa facility later this year, a company official said Friday.
The electric motor testing, repair and supply company will build a 58,000-square-foot structure on its lot at 2002 Southwest Blvd., spokeswoman Lauryn Ratcliff said. The new facility will accommodate a Phenix test system, dynamometer and overhead crane capacity.
"The equipment is being delivered in November, so we literally need to have a place for that," Ratcliff said. "As soon as we get the new building, we're probably going to be hiring more people."
Oklahoma City-based Evans Enterprises employs 56 people at its current Tulsa facility.
The company plans to spend about $3.2 million on the infrastructure expansion and $1.8 million on the new equipment.
The new system will increase Evans' motor-testing capacity fourfold, the company said. The Phenix can test up to 18,750 horsepower at 15,000 volts, while the dynamometer is capable of load-testing a 3,600-horsepower motor.
The new building also will add crane capacity in excess of 75 tons.
"We work seven days a week to make up for the lack of space," Evans repair manager Robert Bell said. "The new improvements will allow us to grow, create faster turnaround time and serve a larger customer base."
Charles Evans started the company's Oklahoma City shop on 1954 and the growing company added a Tulsa office 20 years later, according to reports.
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