DMI Companies is one step closer to opening its manufacturing operation in Wagoner. DMI recently hosted a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 198,000 square foot facility on S.W. 15th Street. It is estimated that the business will be manufacturing product in the facility in the fourth quarter of this year.
The largest company of its kind in North America and one of the largest in the world, DMI plans to use the Wagoner property for manufacturing all five of its product lines — Ductmate Industries, Aire Technologies, GreenSeam Industries, Linx Industries and CL Ward. Ductmate is the largest HVAC accessories manufacturer in North America.
Ray Yeager, president and chief executive officer of DMI Companies, was joined by State Sen. Kim David, Local Union 270 Business Manager David Johnson, Joe Powell with SMART International, Wagoner Mayor Albert Jones and Christie Myers, site location manager with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Johnson opened Tuesday’s program by noting when labor and management work together, “everyone wins.”
“On behalf of the more than 250 members working for Ductmate today, we look forward to working with you here for a long time in Oklahoma,” he said.
Mayor Jones thanked Yeager and his board for deciding to come to Wagoner, and Ductmate Industries Regional Channel Manager Gary Lynn Chappell for approaching the city a year ago to discuss his vision. He also applauded the efforts of the City of Wagoner Economic Development Authority and Chairperson Pam Stephens-Karnes, Wagoner County Commissioners, Commissioner James Hanning, Alan Parnell and the Wagoner County Economic Development Authority, the Department of Commerce and Grand River Dam Authority for their efforts to make the project happen.
Myers said she was pleased that the company looking to come to Wagoner turned out to be DMI.
“The refurbishing of this facility is so important to the state and to Wagoner,” she said. “There is conversation from time to time about rural communities versus metro communities and how economic development is conducted. Wagoner shows there is a misconception in believing that projects are only being done in big cities. You have everything here! It’s a wonderful place and we are really happy that it happened here!”
“To DMI, thank you for your selection of Wagoner. The Department of Commerce is here to support all of the efforts with any resources we have – not just now, but well after you ramp up and in the years you are here to do business,” Myers said. “To Mr. Yeager, thank you for your investment in Oklahoma and the jobs you will create with the confidence you saw in Wagoner and the State of Oklahoma.”