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Grocery distributor, manufacturers could get Oklahoma City job-creation incentives

An economic development panel has recommended almost $1 million in local incentives to three companies that plan to create almost 400 jobs in Oklahoma City.
by Paul Monies Published: August 8, 2012
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A grocery distributor that serves the military could qualify for up to $375,000 in Oklahoma City incentives in return for creating up to 150 jobs.

The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust voted Tuesday to enter negotiations with Grocery Supply Acquisition Corp. as it prepares to open two food distribution warehouses in south Oklahoma City. The matter goes before the Oklahoma City Council on Aug. 14.

Grocery Supply Acquisition plans to create 140 to 150 jobs by the end of the year with an average annual salary of $34,707. The company spent $28.6 million to buy, rebuild and expand warehouses at 7501 SW 29 and 1301 SE 59.

The company is a subsidiary of publicly traded grocery distributor Nash Finch Co. The city warehouses will be run by Grocery Supply Acquisition's MDV division and include 500,000 square feet of dry and cold storage. MDV also supplies military commissaries and exchanges from warehouses in six other states.

The trust also recommended the council approve incentives with two manufacturers. UE Manufacturing LLC could get $340,000 for creating 170 jobs in an expansion related to hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry, said Brent Bryant, the city's economic development project manager. The average annual salary is estimated at $37,428.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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