PSO's Inola River Rail Industrial Park is Home to OEDC's 2019 Project of the Year

The new $360 million Sofidel tissue manufacturing facility located at Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s (PSO) 2,500-acre Inola River Rail Industrial Park is bringing new attention to the area after it was named a Project of the Year by the Oklahoma Economic Development Council (OEDC).

The award for the Sofidel project came in the category for a community with a population of 16,000 or less, and was among several OEDC awards presented during the Governor’s Economic Development Conference, held August 12-13, in Oklahoma City. The event attracted economic development leaders from across the state.

The announcement that the new Sofidel plant would be located at PSO’s Inola River Rail Industrial Park was made in 2018. The project created 800 construction jobs and, when completed in the first quarter of 2020, the 1.8 million square foot facility will permanently employ 300 people and have an estimated annual economic impact of $100 million.

“In 2014 we began putting out the word that our property in Inola was available for high impact economic development projects,” said Janet Smith, Economic and Business Development manager for PSO. “To ensure the site would be competitive, we began a stringent, 18-month site certification process that exceeds the site due diligence conducted in most certification programs. Those efforts, along with amazing support from nearly two-dozen partner organizations, helped make the Inola River Rail Industrial Park site stand out and, ultimately, resulted a major economic development project that will benefit not only Inola and Rogers County, but all of northeast Oklahoma.”

Partner organizations in the project to attract Sofidel to the Inola River Rail Industrial Park included:

• State of Oklahoma • Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce • Public Service Co. of Oklahoma • Tulsa Regional Chamber • Rogers County • Rogers County Industrial Authority • City of Inola • Cherokee Nation • Oklahoma Natural Gas • U.S. Economic Development Admin. • Indian Nations Council of Governments • Grand Gateway Economic Development Association • Oklahoma State Legislature • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality • Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation • Inola Public Schools • Northeast Technology Center/Career Tech • Mayes County Rural Water District #2 • Rural Economic Development of Inola • Inola Chamber of Commerce • Tulsa Port of Catoosa


About the Inola River Rail Industrial Park

PSO’s Inola River Rail Industrial Park is certified property for large-scale industrial users. It is located in the town of Inola, Oklahoma, along the Verdigris River, which is part of the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The 2,500-acre site has both barge and rail access for tenants. For more information, contact Janet Smith at jpsmith1@aep.com, or visit https://aeped.com/where-we-work/oklahoma/.

About Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)

PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving over 554,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. Based in Tulsa, PSO has approximately 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity and is a significant provider of wind energy in the state. News releases and other information about PSO is available at www.PSOklahoma.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PSOklahoma.






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