A project to improve the roads at Georg Fischer Central Plastics in Shawnee is moving forward thanks to recent action by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission.

A project to improve the roads at Georg Fischer Central Plastics in Shawnee is moving forward thanks to recent action by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission. At its Jan. 7 meeting, the commission approved the use of Industrial Access Road Program funds to improve North Leo Avenue and Independence Street, which connect the facility to nearby US-177/US-270.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) will commit up to $275,000 in state funds and Georg Fischer Central Plastics is contributing $25,000 toward the project, Cody Boyd, of the ODOT Media & Public Relations Division, said.

Construction will be overseen by the City of Shawnee and Pottawatomie County.

“Georg Fischer is expanding its operations in Shawnee and this road project will help support that economic growth by providing better highway access to and from the plant,” District 3 Transportation Commissioner Dan Overland said. “I want to thank Mayor Richard Finley and County Commissioner Melissa Dennis for their work in making this project a reality.”

Finley said the project is, “a perfect example of what happens when we get the economic development professionals at Shawnee Forward together with industry and both county and city government.”

The level of cooperation was truly noteworthy, he said.

Georg Fischer is one of Shawnee's biggest employers.

The company is investing more than $10 million for construction of new facilities and creating 50 to 100 new full-time jobs at its Shawnee location.

Shawnee Forward Economic Development Director, Tim Burg said such a collaborative effort by the state, county and city reinforces their united support for manufacturing in our area and their understanding of the impact of wealth producing jobs.

“It's important that we continue to improve the infrastructure to businesses that do so much for our community,” he said.