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.How we did it Deals we've done
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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?
Contact Janet Smith, Director of Economic and Business Development
- 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.
PSO serves 69,000 commercial and industrial customers in the Sooner State.
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Key Industries in Oklahoma
Aerospace & Aviation
Energy & Chemicals
Paper & Timber
Plastics & Rubber
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.
Oklahoma is home to three inland ports, including the Port of Catoosa, the nation’s furthest inland, all-weather, ice-free port.
Three intersecting interstate highways in the state offer access to every corner of the country.
Oklahoma's nationally-acclaimed Training for Industry Program is delivered through 58 technology center campuses.
Oklahoma is a right-to-work state with low unemployment insurance taxes.
Streamlined environmental permitting in Oklahoma makes the process faster and more efficient for your project.
Oklahoma has low, fair taxes, including a 6% corporate income tax rate.
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.
Our competitive industrial electric rates are about 30% 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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