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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Sofidel groundbreaking marks major manufacturing investment in Inola

Oklahoma Department of Commerce (Commerce) officials including Secretary of Commerce Deby Snodgrass, Director of Business Development Charles Kimbrough and Regional Development Director James Johnson, attended the groundbreaking for Sofidel Group in Inola, Okla. on March 16.

Speakers at the ceremony included Luigi Lazzareshi, CEO of Sofidel Gorup, Gov. Mary Fallin and representatives from PSO, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Rogers County and the City of Inola.

Sofidel Group, an Italian manufacturer of tissue paper, broke ground on a $360 million capital investment in Inola, Okla. The project will include the construction of a new facility and the creation of 300 jobs.

“Sofidel will build here a new, modern integrated plant to serve the south-central and central-western areas of this great country, where we have been operating since 2012,” said Lazzareschi. “I am glad to announce this new greenfield investment – the second one, after the first made in Ohio. This new investment will support our growth in the U.S. significantly.”

Sofidel’s facilities, expected to be operational by 2020, will have production capacity of 120,000 tons of tissue paper each year. The 1.8-million-square-foot plant is almost 40 percent larger than the Macy’s Fulfillment Center in north Tulsa County.

Lazzareshi spoke about meeting with the Commerce years prior at SelectUSA and how those conversations eventually brought him to Oklahoma for a visit. That visit connected him with people who helped his company and team to decide on Inola, Okla. for their next location.

“We are excited that Sofidel has continued confidence to make this tremendous investment in Oklahoma,” Gov. Mary Fallin said. “This global company has seen the advantages Oklahoma provides in its current operation, and now will double down with a state-of-the-art production facility in Inola. This is another example that our economic pro-business policies are diversifying Oklahoma’s economy.”

“We are pleased to be a part of these partner efforts to bring Sofidel to the State of Oklahoma, it took a lot of hard work from a variety of leaders and shows how successfully Oklahoma works together” said Kimbrough. “The investment and growth this will bring to this region and Oklahoma is no small feat, we are glad Sofidel choose us and hope we can continue to help companies like them follow suite, by joining our state of success.”
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