Tulsa’s McElroy Mfg. expands with Broken Arrow campus
By John Dobberstein, Editor
McElroy Mfg., the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of thermoplastic fusion equipment, announced Wednesday it would open a fourth campus in the former Baker Hughes facility in Broken Arrow.
Baker Hughes called 3000 N. Hemlock Circle home for 40 years until it the office was closed last year.
McElroy Mfg. President Chip McElroy said the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corp. helped find a suitable campus in the city.
“They were instrumental from day one in helping us get through the door here after what had been a very daunting and difficult search over the previous year to find our next facility,” he said.
McElroy is best known for its fusion equipment for thermoplastic pipe installations and fintube equipment for air cooler and heat exchanger applications.
“We are humbled by our growth through the years but could not be more excited to have the opportunity to call Broken Arrow home for this facility,” McElroy said in a statement.
The 68-year-old company began in Art McElroy’s Tulsa garage in 1954. Before acquiring the Broken Arrow campus, McElroy had three area campuses — two in north Tulsa and one in east Tulsa.
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McElroy will begin adapting the facility in the coming months as Baker Hughes winds down their Broken Arrow operations.
“We will miss our Baker Hughes family because they were in our community for 38 years,” Mayor Debra Wimpee said. “But we are so excited about their partnership with McElroy and the new job opportunities it will bring to our city and look forward to celebrating your 70th anniversary.”
City Manager Michael Spurgeon thanked Baker Hughes for their decades-long commitment to Broken Arrow and welcomed McElroy Manufacturing to the city.
“To have the McElroy family here in Broken Arrow is a tremendous honor, so, on behalf of the 116,000 residents, all city employees— everyone here is looking forward to a long-lasting relationship with your family,” Spurgeon said.
When the facility opens, 100 team members will be working in the 173,000-square-foot plant by mid-2024, which will coincide with the 70th anniversary of McElroy Manufacturing.
With the increased capacity and expanded operations, they expect to create 100 new jobs in the next 3-5 years. McElroy says his family is committed to keeping the company local.
“Many years ago, we made the strategic decision that our manufacturing operations would remain in this part of Oklahoma,” he said. “We have not wavered from that decision by any stretch of the imagination.
“Our 68-year-old, second-generation family business has been blessed with significant growth since our last expansions in 2005 and 2013. Our existing campuses are operating at near or full capacity, and over the last 18 months our company leadership has worked toward acquiring a new facility to address our market growth while maintaining our commitment to this great community where we live.
“We are excited to announce McElroy expanding to Broken Arrow. They have a strong and longstanding reputation in our region for being dedicated employers and for providing innovative quality products,” said Jennifer Conway, President and CEO of Broken Arrow Chamber and Economic Development Corporation.