BA fac­tory to get $15 mil­lion upgrade The Swe­den-based com­pany Alfa Laval will also be adding about 100 jobs

Man­u­fac­tur­ing •

Tulsa World - - Work&money - By Rhett Mor­gan

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.

IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

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.

COURTESY/Alfa Laval

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.

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