McElroy Manufacturing Starts $2 Million Renovation on Plant in Tulsa

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McElroy Manufacturing has started an estimated $2 million renovation of south Tulsa's former Oklahoma Offset plant to house three consolidated and expanded production lines.

President and CEO Chip McElroy hopes to start operations in two buildings at the 5124 S. 100th East Ave. complex by mid-to-late second quarter 2013. With several details still evolving, he said, the projected renovation cost could change.

Hastings and Chivetta Architects of St. Louis was contracted to take care of the architectural and engineering tasks.

"This plant is going to basically handle all of our weld fabrication and all of our machining on our welded components, as well as our paint and finish line," McElroy said.

Opening this third complex will allow the maker of fintube machinery, fusion equipment and other products to reorganize, streamline and expand the remaining lines at the company's two existing Tulsa manufacturing sites: the original 16.2-acre, eight- building campus at 833 N. Fulton and the 8.45-acre former Kmart repackaged for manufacturing space six years ago at 5305 E. Admiral Pl.

"It's part of our overall growth strategy," he said, recalling the first time the family business branched into a new manufacturing site.

He had expected the 90,000-square feet of production floor created from that former Kmart to accommodate seven years of growth.

"I guess we came in a year early on that," McElroy said. …

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