ACIDA Establishes New Production Facility
Charles McCall, III, Chairman of the Atoka City Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) announced today that Wood designs, LLC has established a production facility in Atoka. “ACIDA is extremely pleased and excited to have a quality company like Wood designs locate in our city. We continue to attract quality companies to Atoka and we expect more announcements in the near future.”
Wood designs is a full service store fixture manufacturer headquartered in Oklahoma City. Founded in 1961, the company is still privately held by the family of the original founders. The company’s customer base includes such nationally recognized names as Ralph Lauren, Golf USA, Tommy Hilfiger, Taco Mayo and Dillard’s.
R. Scott Griffin, Senior Vice-President of Wood designs, stated the company had been considering expansion for several years but had not found the right location. When they learned of the Ethan Allen plant closing they decided, “Atoka could be the place”. “We currently have 130 employees at our Oklahoma City location and are operating at full capacity. We were having trouble finding additional qualified employees and although we hated to learn of the Ethan Allen plant closing, it has provided us with an excellent pool of well-trained employees to hire from.”
The company has leased a 30,000 sq. ft. building in the Atoka City Industrial Park, located adjacent to US Hwy 69 in the northern portion of the city. Wood designs has already hired sixteen persons and plans to have twenty to twenty-five employees by the end of the month. Company projections call for as many as seventy-five new jobs in Atoka within the next three years.
‘When Mr. Griffin first contacted me in late November, he stated he needed good quality employees and a building,” said Phil Scoggin, Economic Development Director for ACIDA. I told him “we have the employees and if we could not find a building, we will build one.” And to prove our point, ACIDA and the Kiamichi Technology Center in Atoka sponsored a Job Fair for the company in early December that attracted over 100 applicants. Scoggin continued “I can’t say enough good things about Ms. Elaine Gee and her staff at the Kiamichi Technology Center. They never hesitate to assist ACIDA in any way they can. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Gee and the Technology Center in Atoka.”