SeneGence International, an Irvine, California-based cosmetics company, has converted this building in Sapulpa into a call center. The company, headed by former Sapulpan Joni Rogers-Kante, has plans to build a 1.5-million-square-foot SeneGence corporate campus west of town along Oklahoma 33. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file

SAPULPA — The city of Sapulpa has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to make water infrastructure improvements to support business development and expansion that includes a campus for a California cosmetics company.

According to grantee estimates, the infrastructure project is expected to create 1,515 jobs and attract $813 million in private investment. SeneGence International, a direct-sales cosmetics and skin care firm that operates in more than a dozen countries, has announced it is constructing a corporate campus at 18377 W. Oklahoma 33.

The installation of new water lines will stretch across Sapulpa city limits to a local industrial park, creating increased water capacity that will help new firms such as SeneGence and enable existing businesses to expand operations.

“During his campaign, President Trump promised that there would be a new emphasis placed on rebuilding American infrastructure after years of neglect,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “Sapulpa’s improved infrastructure will support Oklahoma’s growing business needs while helping to provide over a thousand jobs to local residents.”

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Facilitated through the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, the project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Indian Nation Council of Governments.

Infrastructure on SeneGence’s campus will include offices, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, a pick-and-pack area, restaurant, gymnasium, park and SeneSuites hotel, Joni Rogers-Kante, a former Sapulpan and company founder, told the Tulsa World in an email earlier this year.

The company will be hiring maintenance workers, groundskeepers, warehousing workers and top-level management staff as the facilities become operational, she wrote.

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