BA factory to get $15 million upgrade The Sweden-based company Alfa Laval will also be adding about 100 jobs
BROKEN ARROW — Jetsetting to Europe on several occasions, local and state officials spent about 18 months courting Sweden-based manufacturer Alfa Laval.
It paid off handsomely Thursday.
Company officials announced that they plan to create about 100 jobs by building and investing at least $15 million in new facilities, said Michael Tyden, executive vice president and head of operations.
Alfa Laval, 1201 S. Ninth St., will construct a 68,000-squarefoot “competence center” to manufacture its spiral and aircooled heat exchanger ranges just east of its current facility.
Subsequent phases could increase the investment by $10 million to $20 million and add 150 jobs, Tyden said.
The new factory, which is part of phase one, is expected to be completed by late 2018, said Seifi Hasanali, the company's strategic project manager. See Gov. Mary Fallin speak at the Alfa Laval groundbreaking in Broken Arrow.
Gov. Mary Fallin “is phenomenal when she works with these companies,” said Wes Smithwick, president and CEO of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce. “We have an economic development governor. She gets it. She relates to people.”
Founded in 1883, Alfa Laval has about 16,500 employees worldwide, roughly 1,700 in the United States and 180 at the current Broken Arrow facility.
“We're seeing a lot of interest in investing in the United States from foreign countries, and they are looking in Oklahoma, which is big news,” Fallin said. “I think it speaks well
that we are diversifying our economy, that we're able to attract big, international companies to our state.”
Fallin added, “The Tulsa area, and Broken Arrow in particular, has the reputation of being the heat-exchanger area of manufacturing. … It will develop a supply chain of other companies, I hope, that will come along and join with this type of industry in our state.”
The company's project will include an update to its existing 150,000-squarefoot facility. Hasanali said.
Headquartered in Lund, Sweden, Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions, focused in the areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.
In 2014, Alfa Laval acquired Broken Arrowbased ACE Air Cooled Exchangers LLC, which was established in 1964.
Alfa Laval General Manager Chris Jungers talks to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday while they tour the manufacturing plant in Broken Arrow. The company is creating about 100 jobs by building and investing at least $15 million in new facilities.
The first phase of the Alfa Laval expansion in Broken Arrow will be 68,000-square-foot facility just east of existing facility, said Seifi Hasanali, the company's strategic project manager, and is set for completion in late 2018, he said.