Why Select MidAmerica
Labor related Issues
- Labor Costs
Ranked among the best in the nation, the Training for Industry Program (TIP) is provided FREE by the Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education. Often described as "Oklahoma's Secret Weapon", the program may include job-specific technical training, employee assessment, organizational design, strategic planning, and much more. Each program is "custom-designed" to meet the specific needs of a company. Training takes place with the local technology center, Northeast Technology Centers at either the on-site Industry Training Center at the MidAmerica Industrial Airport or at the south campus just west of Pryor Creek.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission provides customized assistance in the screening and referral of qualified job applicants at NO cost to business. Local and statewide labor searches are also available.
The Job Training Partnership Act provides 50% of on-the-job training costs and 100% of the classroom training for qualified low-income individuals.
- Availability of skilled labor
When communities are certified as Work Ready, they gain a competitive advantage over non-certified communities because they can quantify a skilled workforce to an existing employer or a new business considering Oklahoma for a new location. Mayes County, the home of MidAmerica, is the first geographic area in the nation to be designated as a Certified Work Ready Community.
Mayes County leaders worked closely with their local Workforce Oklahoma center and the Northeast Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board to become one of the first communities to use the WorkKeys assessment test to measure the readiness of potential employees. In Mayes County, WorkKeys exams are given by OSU Institute of Technology, Workforce Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation and Northeast Technology Centers.
- Right to work
Oklahoma is a Right-to-work state. The term "right to work", under US law, refers to the individual right to work at any job without being forced to join or pay money to a union.
Highway Accessibility - MidAmerica is located in northeast Oklahoma at the crossroads of US Highways 69 and 412, and near "America's Crossroads" - I-35, I-40 and I-44. The site is just 38 miles east of Tulsa, Oklahoma and 60 miles west of Fayetteville, Arkansas. MidAmerica is also located virtually midway between two of the fastest growing metropolitan areas - Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas (267 miles) and Kansas City, Missouri (245 miles). Three major interstate highways are nearby: I-44, 21 miles north; I-40, 57 miles south; and I-35,129 miles west.
- Advanced ICT services
For companies that must rely on high-speed telecommunications networks for voice and data transmission, MidAmerica offers state-of-the-art solutions to meet a wide variety of requirements. Our infrastructure ranges from fiber optic rings and two points-of-presence to DSL service and wireless internet capability. There are three providers AT&T, FairPoint Communications and RECtec. K-PowerNet and MBO provide backhaul fiber.
- Energy Availability
Electrical service to MidAmerica is provided by the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), a cost-of-service provider and public power company.
GRDA's primary power generation facilities are located on-site at MidAmerica. Also, GRDA's Engineering & Transmission Headquarters are located in the park to assure short response times to meet unforeseen problems. Plus, there are two transmission substations and five distribution substations located throughout the park.
GRDA sells electricity at "wholesale rates" to MidAmerica industries. GRDA's total generating capacity is approximately 1,928 megawatts, of which 198 megawatts are owned by KAMO Electric. The fact that GRDA is a public power company and has significant percentage of power generation in hydropower are two main reasons for low cost power.
Additionally, there is one other source of power at MidAmerica: AECI/KAMO Power with a 1,062-megawatt capacity from two combined cycle natural gas fired plants. This source is interconnected with GRDA. Hence, the park is dual fed by two different power plants.
MidAmerica Industrial Park has an on-site regional business jet airport with 24 hour self-service fueling stations.
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