Despite tax incentives, Poteau plant to close - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

Despite tax incentives, Poteau plant to close

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) -- A Milwaukee-based company has announced it is closing a plant here and moving the operation to Mexico, despite governmental efforts to keep the plant open.

The Poteau plant of Johnson Controls employs 125 workers. Company officials said the shutdown is expected to take about nine
months, with most of the line operations scheduled to close in February and April.

When the company said in April it was considering the move, local state and federal officials tried to put together a package
of economic and tax incentives that would keep the plant in LeFlore County.

The effort included such civic and elected officials as Gov. Frank Keating, U.S. Rep. Wes Watkins, and state lawmakers Rep. Kenneth Corn and Sen. Larry Dickerson.

But it was not enough to persuade company officials against the move, which Johnson Controls said was necessary due to increased
competition in the global market.

Johnson Controls makes metal control panels for use in nonresidential air-conditioning systems. The Poteau facility has been in operation since 1960.

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.