Week of January 13, 2003
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250-Employee Tracker Marine Plant Docking in Miamiby JACK LYNE, Site Selection
. . . Okla.
Executive Editor of Interactive Publishing
MIAMI, Okla. Boat-maker Tracker Marine Group (www.trackermarine.com) is docking a 250-employee manufacturing plant in Miami. Only it's not in the Miami of far-south Florida; it's in the Miami of far-upper-northeast Oklahoma.
Burroughs didn't disclose any other sites that the Bass Pro subsidiary considered. He did, however, outline the major factors in picking Miami for the plant. Those factors, Burroughs explained, included "an experienced work force with boat-building knowledge, the incentives offered by the city of Miami and the state of Oklahoma, and Miami's proximity to our corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, as well as to our key markets."
Will Set Up Shop in
The company has agreed to purchase a 195,000-sq.-ft. (17,550-sq.-m.) existing facility that previously served as a Bayliner U.S. Marine plant. The Miami manufacturing operation employed about 150 workers before Arlington, Wash.-based U.S. Marine announced in July of 2001 that it was closing the plant.
Tracker Marine is buying the closed plant from Brunswick Corp., U.S. Marine's parent company.
Burroughs didn't discuss how much the company has agreed to pay Brunswick for the facility; nor did he estimate Tracker Marine's anticipated capital expenditures in readying the acquired facility for operations. The Miami plant will go online as early as March of 2003, he said.
Development Official: 'Incentives
Local and state incentives helped make that excitement happen.
The Miami Industrial and Public Facilities Authority Board approved borrowing $300,000 to assist in Tracker Marine's purchase of the closed U.S. Marine plant. The board will repay the loan with income derived from lease payments on properties that the city of Miami owns, local officials said.
Snodderly described negotiations with Tracker Marine as "intense . . . We feel very fortunate to have been selected for their expansion. There are only a handful of companies that are expanding at any given time. Incentives are the only way you get someone to come into your community, and the Miami City Council has made an investment in Tracker for the citizens of Miami and Ottawa County."
The state is also providing Tracker Marine with employee-training incentives. Oklahoma development officials didn't estimate the training incentives' total value.
"This is great news for Miami and northeast Oklahoma," said Gov. Frank Keating, who has been lobbying Bass Pro to establish operations in Oklahoma. "Tracker Marine is a well-known company that produces a quality product. I applaud the hard work of MAEDS in making this project a reality."
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