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MidAmerica’s Recent and Future Developments Prepare for Industry 4.0

Source: Kevin Armstrong, Tulsa World

MidAmerica Industrial Park is investing $18.5 million in infrastructure improvements to ensure the property is ready for new businesses. Officials at MidAmerica are preparing for the opportunities America’s fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, will bring to the Park. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Industry 4.0 will create demand for 900,000 highly-skilled manufacturing workers over the next decade, and MidAmerica is working to be prepared to meet this challenge.

MidAmerica’s investment includes an upgrade to its water plant and waste treatment facilities and an expansion of greenfields to open 400 new acres for development.

The Armin Road Project is divided into eight different greenfield sites to provide ample space to prospective businesses. The eight sites range from 8 acres to 229 acres and can be used for a variety of industry sectors.

“As this is a greenfield, or new development, without any legacy, the architecture dimension and the modeling of infrastructure followed the latest cutting-edge innovation,” said MidAmerica’s Assistant General Manager John Schaffitzel. “With this expansion, we have a blank canvas that opens space for development without pre-existing restrictions. We are excited about the many possibilities this project will provide for our future tenants.”

Additionally, the Park is undergoing a master planning process to prepare and open another 600 acres for development. “With these greenfield expansions, MidAmerica can ensure space is readily available for prospective new industries or expansion of our current employers,” said David Stewart, Chief Adminstrative Officer of the MidAmerica Industrial Park. “The new roads, water and wastewater system improvements are just a piece of the puzzle in making that possible.”

Expectations for the return on investment are high, and MidAmerica’s economic development team area is already receiving interest from site location consultants regarding the configuration of the new greenfield sites.

MidAmerica is more than simply a provider of land and infrastructure. With a considerable critical mass of more than 80 companies and an employment base of more than 4,500 people in different and diverse industry segments, resources have been committed to ensure the Park can be nimble and responsive to an employer’s growth and infrastructure needs.

MidAmerica Industrial Park wants to be known for providing the resources that a company, such as Google, with its $2 billion investment in facilities at MidAmerica, might consider as the tipping point for a site selection decision to expand or build a new facility.

In addition to infrastructure upgrades, MidAmerica is also making a $5 million dollar investment to prepare the local workforce for Industry 4.0 through a variety of projects including a STEM lab for every Mayes County school district and, in the coming year, will add three to four more school districts in surrounding counties. Additionally, MidAmerica is partnering with Northeast Tech in developing relevant training programs and with Rogers State University-Pryor campus to place a Career Center in the heart of the Park. This Career Center will serve as a recruitment tool to regional high school students.

“It is imperative that we take a proactive approach to preparing the local workforce to be ready for the new industrial revolution,” said Scott Fry, Director of Workforce Development at MidAmerica. “We are committed to working with area schools to provide their students with opportunities that help them discover untapped aptitude and talent that can translated into in-demand skills and careers”

In today’s economic development market, the evolution of an industrial park into a multi-faceted employment center is a cornerstone to inclusive growth in jobs and people. Like any business, an organization must continuously evolve to remain relevant and to surpass the competition.

Southern Business & Development Magazine selected MidAmerica as one of the Top 10 Super Sites Across the South.

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