When Wisconsin-based Greenheck Group decided to locate a plant in Tulsa, the global manufacturer made a lot of promises.
One year into operation, it is making good on them.
Spread out east of U.S. 169 in north Tulsa are five facilities totalling 400,000 square feet. The employee total is 140 and climbing, Greenheck Tulsa campus director Rachel James said.
“We have these 115 acres, and we will build until it’s full, probably,” she said. “Our five-year plan was to hit 600 to 800 employees. …
“This is evidence of what can happen when a new company chooses Tulsa and promises to create jobs. What’s cool is we’re doing it. And you can see that.”
Founded in 1947, Greenheck, a maker of air movement, control and conditioning equipment, has 4,000 employees in seven states and three countries. Earlier this year, the company made Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best Mid-Sized Employers.
“They do intend to have a very substantial operation in Tulsa,” said Kian Kamas, the city’s chief of economic development. “They are building out what I think is one of the nicest corporate campuses in Tulsa with really a lot of thought toward the amenities that employees want and need to stay in a career with a company long term.”
“That’s been the fun part of working with a company like Greenheck. They are so conscientious about their employees and building out facilities and a culture that really speaks to the value they want to provide to the people they employ.”
Three of Greenheck’s five buildings on the Tulsa campus already are operational, including Accurex, which will be the company’s national headquarters for its kitchen ventilation systems, James said. Others up and running are the Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) and Dampers plants, she said.
Greenheck’s campus sits just south of the recently completed QuikTrip distribution and manufacturing facility and Amazon’s 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center, which is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2020.
James said she was told that Tulsa beat out Oklahoma City and Dallas for the Greenheck plant.
“We were looking for a location in the middle of the country,” she said. “It was proximity to customers.”
Greenheck has made it a priority to integrate with the community by adopting an elementary school in north Tulsa and partnering with such organizations as Women in Recovery and Tulsa Community WorkAdvance, James said.
“Being the new kid on the block has its benefits because people hear about us and hear what we’re doing and want to be a part of it,” she said.
“But they also hear directly from the folks we’ve already hired. So we have 140 people out there as ambassadors talking about this being a great place to work and being excited about the future.”