The Miami Area Economic Development Service Inc. announced Monday that Osage Door Company, an affiliate of Sutherland Lumber, has selected Miami as the site for a new manufacturing and warehouse/distribution facility. Osage will occupy a 50,000 square foot facility in Progress Industrial Park.

Tom Sutherland, president of Osage Door, announced the expansion in conjunction with MAEDS and the Miami Industrial Development Authority. Osage Door plans to relocate within 30 days and add 80 jobs within the next three years, according to Sutherland.

Suherland also said that, “after considering several other locations, Miami was the best location for Osage Door's needs.

Sutherland said some of the advantages to locating in Miami included the proximity to markets, the labor force and incentives offered by the State of Oklahoma, the Miami Industrial Development Authority and the “excellent assistance received from the MAEDS organization.

“We could not have asked for a more professional and knowledgeable staff than at MAEDS to help make this expansion a reality, Sutherland said.

“The Miami Area Economic Development Service and I, along with the Miami Industrial Development Authority trustees, are committed to improving the economic climate in Miami and the surrounding area, said Chuck Neal, president of MAEDS. “We are very excited about Osage Door's announcement. They are a great company and will definitely enhance our outstanding existing businesses. This is a great day for Miami and Ottawa County.

Judee Snodderly, executive director of MAEDS, said “Osage Door is a premier company that will pay good wages and benefits and Miami is very fortunate to have been selected for their expansion.

“The Miami Industrial Development Authority, the State of Oklahoma and the MAEDS organization have made an investment in Osage Doors for the benefit of all citizens of Miami and Ottawa County. This is wonderful for Miami and the surrounding area, Snodderly said.

Governor Brad Henry said “this is great news for Miami and northeast Oklahoma. Sutherlands and Osage Door are well known companies that produce a quality product. I applaud the hard work of the Miami leadership in making this project a reality.