On a Roll: Global Papermaker Speeds Growth

When one of the world’s largest papermakers, Italy-based Sofidel Group, targeted Oklahoma for expansion and needed on-site access to river and rail, they turned to our team for help. Our operating company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), owned the land and galvanized local and state partners, including the Tulsa Chamber, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and Cherokee Nation, to help Sofidel secure the perfect site. Initial steps to become fully operational by mid-2020 are now underway. The Oklahoma Economic Development Council recognized our effort as Project of the Year in 2019. Together with Sofidel, we achieved boundless possibilities in the Sooner State.

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Let’s work together

PSO’s service territory reaches 45 counties in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma – a state ranking among the top 10 for economic growth in the U.S. We can help create development packages for companies from a range of industries – from oil and gas extraction to plastics and paper production, as well as aviation and aerospace. Ready to roll?

Janet Smith

Director of Economic and Business Development

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Three Things To Know

  • My insight on Oklahoma’s geography, people, and culture comes from first-hand experience. You’ll be hiring my neighbors and making deals with local organizations and state agencies that I work with regularly. I advocate for you as an insider.
  • My track record spans years and marks successful investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars that reinforce our communities’ reputations as great places to live and work. Most recently I led the development of a new 2400-acre industrial park, which spurred a $360 million investment, workforce development initiatives, and partnerships with local, state, federal, and tribal entities. I am proud to have been part of the team that secured the award-winning Sofidel project.
  • I am a governor-appointed member of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, and I serve on the Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team, Oklahoma Economic Development Council, Foreign Direct Investment Team, Oklahoma Southeast, and Tulsa’s Future. I am also a member of the International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, the Utility Economic Development Association and the Corporate Office Real Estate Network.

Garrett Wright

Manager of Economic and Business Development

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Three Things To Know

  • I joined AEP in 2021 after previously serving as the vice president for the Bay Economic Development Alliance (Bay EDA) for Bay County, Florida. In that role, I supported existing employers in Bay County and the recruitment of new industry, in an effort to diversify the economy. My notable project accomplishments included the successful recruitment of tier-one suppliers in the aerospace and automotive sectors, logistics and distribution operations, and a research and development technical center for Suzuki Motor Marine.
  • Prior to joining the Bay County EDA team, I worked with Eutaw Construction Company, Inc., performing project management on large civil construction projects around the Southeast, including Baton Rouge and Knoxville. I also previously served as director of business and economic development at the Area Development Partnership, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I worked a number of projects that delivered thousands of jobs and significant financial investment into the community.
  • I am an alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, holding a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Master of Science in Economic Development.

Working with Janet: Three Things To Know

  • My insight on Oklahoma’s geography, people, and culture comes from first-hand experience. You’ll be hiring my neighbors and making deals with local organizations and state agencies that I work with regularly. I advocate for you as an insider.
  • My track record spans years and marks successful investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars that reinforce our communities’ reputations as great places to live and work. Most recently I led the development of a new 2400-acre industrial park, which spurred a $360 million investment, workforce development initiatives, and partnerships with local, state, federal, and tribal entities. I am proud to have been part of the team that secured the award-winning Sofidel project.
  • I am a governor-appointed member of the State Board of Career and Technology Education, and I serve on the Oklahoma Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team, Oklahoma Economic Development Council, Foreign Direct Investment Team, Oklahoma Southeast, and Tulsa’s Future. I am also a member of the International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, the Utility Economic Development Association and the Corporate Office Real Estate Network.

Working with Garrett: Three Things To Know

  • I joined AEP in 2021 after previously serving as the vice president for the Bay Economic Development Alliance (Bay EDA) for Bay County, Florida. In that role, I supported existing employers in Bay County and the recruitment of new industry, in an effort to diversify the economy. My notable project accomplishments included the successful recruitment of tier-one suppliers in the aerospace and automotive sectors, logistics and distribution operations, and a research and development technical center for Suzuki Motor Marine.
  • Prior to joining the Bay County EDA team, I worked with Eutaw Construction Company, Inc., performing project management on large civil construction projects around the Southeast, including Baton Rouge and Knoxville. I also previously served as director of business and economic development at the Area Development Partnership, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I worked a number of projects that delivered thousands of jobs and significant financial investment into the community.
  • I am an alumnus of The University of Southern Mississippi, holding a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Master of Science in Economic Development.

Discover Oklahoma

PSO serves 69,000 commercial and industrial customers in the Sooner State.

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Key Industries in Oklahoma

Aerospace & Aviation

Automotive

Energy & Chemicals

Paper & Timber

Plastics & Rubber

Boundless Advantages

More than 3.9 million people call Oklahoma home. Its location is equidistant to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto and Mexico City, and it provides access to more than 88 million people within a 500-mile radius. Here are more reasons why you should call this state home, too.

For more, visit the Oklahoma Department of Commerce webpage.

Power in Oklahoma

We bring energy solutions to meet your biggest challenges. In addition to reliable and cost-competitive power, when you choose Oklahoma, here’s what you get from us.

Low rates

Our competitive industrial electric rates are about 40% below the national average.

Clean energy options

With our WindChoice Program, you can buy one hundred percent Oklahoma wind power for your business – You can purchase part or all of your electricity from this wind resource to help meet your renewable goals. PSO currently receives 25% of its total generation from wind energy.

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