Environmental to Move Workers to Guthrie

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By Betty Jane Harvey

Journal Record Staff Reporter

Environmental Management Inc. of Edmond has plans to move most of its workers to its Guthrie complex after a two-story office building and other construction work is complete.

A $450,000 project is to include: a 12,000-square-foot addition, which would include a 6,000-square-foot office building _ doubling the size of the existing 3,000-square-foot maintenance shop _ and would add a 3,000-square-foot covered loading-unloading dock to the vehicle storage building.

Those two buildings that are being expanded along with the office building are on about 3 acres. Currently there are four buildings, with the fifth being added, on 30 acres. The maintenance shop is to be connected to an existing training center by a catwalk. The new office building is also to be connected to the training center by a walkway.

"Since we opened our doors for business in 1983, demand for our services has continued to increase, and we've continued to grow. We built our first office building in Edmond in 1986 and two years later we added five additional offices," said Terry Bobo, president. The facility in Edmond is 1,500 square feet.

The Guthrie facility was purchased in 1987 and a 4,000-square foot vehicle storage building was added soon after. Also added were a loading dock, container storage area and an equipment cleaning pad. In 1991, an existing building on the complex was converted into the training center, Bobo said.

Plans are to be in the new office building by April.

Buckley Construction of Guthrie is the general contractor, and Bobo designed the office building. Buckley Construction did the engineering design portion.

At both the Edmond and Guthrie complexes, Environmental Management currently has 38 employees with an annual payroll in excess of $650,000. The expansion will allow about 20 to 25 employees to be added, said Bobo.

Employees that are based in Edmond also work out of the Guthrie plant at times, said Marilyn Pulliam, billing secretary. The sales force and accounting staff are based in Edmond, but after the expansion, all employees excluding the accounting staff are to be moved to Guthrie.

Environmental Management is an environmental management firm that assists companies in proper management of their hazardous material and industrial waste needs according to local, state and federal regulations, said Bobo.

The company is an industrial and hazardous waste handler, and the complex in Guthrie is a transfer area, but the waste is not disposed of there, said Bobo.

"The overall environmental field is growing due largely to ever increasing rules and regulations, but we also have an outstanding group of professionals employed at EMI. …