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California Company Joins Miami's Progress Industrial Park


MIAMI – The Miami Area Economic Development Service, Inc. board of directors had a vision in 2016 – build a spec building in Progress Industrial Park to attract new industry to Miami. It took some time, but that vision is now a reality.


Valencia Pipe Company, based in California, celebrates the opening of its newest facility today as it expands its operations east to meet the demands of its customers.


“We like Oklahoma and the quality of the people here,” said Andrew Dervin, president of Valencia Pipe Company.


In looking for a new location in which to expand its footprint, Valencia Pipe Company chose Miami because it checked numerous boxes.


“We needed a large building and lot location to service the southern U.S.,” said Dervin, “while also within reach of the midwestern states. Proximity to other plastics companies and railroad access were positive factors, and the people of Miami were great to work with. We are very excited about expanding into Oklahoma and becoming a part of this community.”


According to Shannon Duhon, president and chief executive officer of the Miami Area Economic Development Service, Inc., members of the organization’s board of directors throughout the years deserve credit for being patient with the process and allowing the building and property to end up in the right hands.


“Everything happens for a reason, and everything happens in due time,” Duhon said. “There is no doubt it was a financial strain on the organization to carry the note of the building and property for all these years, but they always found a way to make it work. With tremendous support and cooperation from our local financial institutions, today we celebrate the opening of a new manufacturing facility, the creation of quality jobs, and a partnership with a great company.”


Valencia Pipe Company will produce plastic tanks for water and septic applications and will employ 23 associates in year one. Most of the jobs will be manufacturing operations jobs, plus supporting functions like maintenance, shipping/receiving, quality, support, supervision, and management.


The company is currently working with Penmac, a local employment agency, to recruit employees. Those interested in joining the Valencia Pipe Company team need to apply with Penmac and provide their resume for consideration.


“We do anticipate an increase in employees in year two or three, based on business needs,” Dervin said. “We hope to continue to grow and expand in the future with additional products that are manufactured and distributed from this facility.”

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