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April 24, 2014

BA ends contract with MAIP

PRYOR, OK — Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority is taking a revenue hit to the tune of $4.2 million.

“We have had a contract to sell treated water to Broken Arrow,” said David Stewart, MidAmerica Industrial Park's Chief Administrative Officer. “Now, however, they have built their own treatment facility and no longer need our services.”

As with any customer loss, the change means a decrease in revenue for the park. Stewart said the loss will total $4.2 million per year.

In other park news, the board discussed Central Carbide, a plant that recently closed its doors for good.

“I got a call from the human resources director and the plant manager,” said MAIP’s Manager of Business Rentention and Expansion Michelle Pope. “They said employees were given a two-month severance, but that they wanted to do more.”

Pope said the park combined forces with the Carbide representatives and helped all 45 employees update their resumes, which Pope then distributed at a job fair.

“We hosted a job fair for them. All but a handful have accepted jobs elsewhere in the park, many even received multiple job offers,” said Pope.

MAIP said the park wants to send the message that it cares about existing and prospective businesses as well as the employees of those businesses.


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