An Alabama-based beverage company plans to break ground in early May on a new plant on unincorporated Tulsa County land in Owasso, a company spokeswoman said.
Milo’s Tea Co. Inc. bought a tract from 7611 Investment Company LLC for $1.95 million Friday, land documents show. The purchase was for 19.59 acres, the company said in an email.
“We were extremely impressed by the vibrance of the Tulsa community, as well as the advantageous logistical hub for our fast-growing operations,” Milo’s CEO Patricia Wallwork said in a statement. “Much like our Birmingham headquarters, Tulsa is a family-centric, philanthropic community where we can extend our corporate values of Making a Difference for our associates and the region.”
The Tulsa region was chosen after Milo’s investigated sites throughout the Midwest as part of a multiyear selection process.
“The support and collaboration of the Tulsa Regional Chamber was key to our decision to select Tulsa for a prospective expansion,” Wallwork said.
In February, the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved a preliminary subdivision plat at the corner of 76th Street North and North 75th East Avenue. Applicant John Droz of Cyntergy and 7611 Investment Co. LLC sought the plat approval for 19.59 acres on behalf of Milo’s Tea of Bessemer, Alabama, documents show.
Located on unincorporated Tulsa County land just east of the Macy’s Fulfillment Center, the land is served by city of Tulsa water and sewer. Records indicate plans for a 102,435-square-foot building.
Milo Carlton first brewed tea in his restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1946, according to the company. Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea is the top-selling refrigerated tea in the United States, and Milo’s products can be found in more than 13,000 retail locations in 45 states.
Milo’s new property sits in an extension of Cherokee Industrial Park, which is home to more than 1,326 acres, more than a dozen companies and at least 10,000 jobs, counting 5,000 seasonal jobs at the Macy’s Fulfillment Center.
7611 Investment Co. LLC is registered to Zarrow Investment Co. LLC of Tulsa, according to state records.
The Macy’s Fulfillment Center was built after the Cherokee Industrial Park was extended east from Lakewood Avenue, and the Owasso Land Trust combined parcels with the Zarrow family. Macy’s bought 72 acres from the trust in 2014 and opened a 1.3 million-square-foot distribution center that has created 1,089 full-time jobs.
Tulsa World staff Patricia Wallworkcontributed to this story.