Macy's to build near Owasso.

Governor Mary Fallin joined representatives from Macy’s, Inc., local officials and members of the Tulsa Regional Chamber for a major job-creation announcement in Northeast Oklahoma. Macy’s, Inc. to announce it will build a major new direct-to-consumer fulfillment center near Owasso in Tulsa County.

The site is located strategically near the intersection of 76th Street North and Lakewood Avenue, about 12 miles north of Tulsa. The company is expected to invest more than $170 million in the facility, including the latest technology in material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.

Construction of the 1.3 million-square-foot facility is expected to begin in spring 2014, with operations starting in April 2015 and the first orders shipping in summer 2015. When fully operational, the new fulfillment center is expected to employ approximately 1,500 full- and part-time associates year-round.

In addition, another 1,000 or more temporary seasonal associates are expected to be hired each year to handle a significantly higher level of online orders from customers during the holiday shopping season. Between 350 and 500 construction jobs are expected as the facility is built.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Macy’s, Inc. to our Oklahoma family,” Fallin said. “Tulsa County is a thriving metropolitan community and an excellent choice to locate or expand a business. This announcement is another sign that Oklahoma is a destination-state for those seeking a location with strong economic growth and a skilled, dedicated workforce.”