Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker speaks during a press conference where area officials announced the construction of a new Macy’s fulfillment within Cherokee Nation territory
TULSA, OKLAHOMA – The Cherokee Nation is providing incentives and administrative support to retail giant Macy’s, to help the company locate a direct-to-consumer fulfillment center near Owasso in Tulsa County, Okla.
Macy’s Inc. announced today that it will build a $170 million facility near the intersection of 76th Street North and Lakewood Avenue, which falls within the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction.
“A Macy’s fulfillment center in the Tulsa area will be an economic boon for the entire region. It’s an honor for the Cherokee Nation to be a major partner in this project through a half a million dollars in financial incentives and employee recruitment,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The ripple effect of this economic growth will be felt across northeast Oklahoma and well into the 14 counties of the Cherokee Nation. This is yet another way we are helping to expand our economic footprint in northeast Oklahoma, which helps Cherokees citizens and all citizens of Oklahoma. We are proud to have been an important partner in bringing this project to Oklahoma.”
Cherokee Nation Businesses, with approval from the CNB board of directors, will provide a financial contribution of $500,000 to help with roads and infrastructure at the new facility. The Cherokee Nation’s career services team will assist Macy’s Inc. with recruitment to staff the operation. The partnership is expected to create many stable, well-paying jobs for Cherokee citizens.
“We are proud to have partnered with so many on this project, which will bring more jobs than this area has seen in a decade,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “This is a true testament to our working together to secure major economic development opportunities that have a positive long-lasting effect on our region.”
Construction of the 1.3 million-square-foot facility is expected to begin in spring 2014, with operations starting in April 2015 and the first orders shipping in summer 2015. When fully operational, the Tulsa fulfillment center is expected to employ approximately 1,500 full- and part-time associates year-round. In addition, another 1,000 or more temporary seasonal associates are expected to be hired each year to handle a significantly higher level of online orders from customers during the holiday shopping season. Between 350 and 500 construction jobs are expected as the facility is built.
“Tulsa County is the ideal location and environment for this new facility, and we look forward to becoming a larger presence in northeast Oklahoma,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc. “We are delighted by the warm reception and enthusiastic support we have received from civic and business leadership in Oklahoma. In particular, we want to thank Governor Mary Fallin, Commissioner John Smaligo Jr. and the Tulsa County Board of Commissioners, Mayor Doug Bonebrake and the City of Owasso, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, the Indian Nations Council of Governments and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. They were instrumental in our decision to select Tulsa County from among more than 150 sites in multiple states for this significant investment.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome Macy’s Inc. to our Oklahoma family. Tulsa County is a thriving metropolitan community and an excellent choice to locate or expand a business. This announcement is another sign that Oklahoma is a destination-state for those seeking a location with strong economic growth and a skilled, dedicated workforce,” Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said.
“This announcement is tremendous news for Tulsa County and the entire region,” said Commissioner John Smaligo. “Thousands of jobs will be created both directly and indirectly due to Macy’s investment here. This is a great day for the economy of the Tulsa region.”