Automotive sector

The investment reflects the growing potential of the automotive sector in the state

The Port of Tulsa de Catoosa and the Port of Tulsa d’Inola are multimodal marine complexes and industrial parks that span approximately 5,000 acres. (Courtesy photo / Tulsaports.com)

TULSA – The recent announcement that a company providing stamping, coating and other services for the automotive industry has leased a 238,000 square foot facility in the Port of Catoosa in Tulsa reflects the growing potential investment in the auto sector in the state, officials said.

The company, Lyseon North America Inc., said it will serve as a supplier for Tulsa’s Navistar bus. It will hire 80 people to work at the plant over the next three years and more as production increases.

LNAI’s parent company, Lyseon Co. Ltd., was established in 2019 as a joint venture between TOPIA Co. Ltd. from Japan and ECSF POWER SL from Spain targeting the Japanese automotive sector. After responding to several inquiries from EVs and other vehicle manufacturers in the United States, he opted for the US auto market and identified the Port of Tulsa de Catoosa as a desirable location to settle.

“We believe that the availability of skilled vehicle production technicians, coupled with a favorable business environment, will set us up for long-term success,” said Candido Romero, an investor in the company who is also its technical director.

The Port of Tulsa de Catoosa and the Port of Tulsa d’Inola are multimodal marine complexes and industrial parks that span approximately 5,000 acres. Located at the head of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas river navigation system, the Port of Catoosa is one of the largest and most inland river port industrial parks in the country. The Port of Tulsa d’Inola is a new 2,500-acre industrial property served by rail.

Officials say the ports should be attractive to auto industry companies and others looking to expand in the state.

“I am proud that Oklahoma’s growing automotive industry and favorable business climate are bringing Lyseon North America to the Greater Tulsa region,” said Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, Scott Mueller. “The momentum we’re seeing in this industry is exciting and we’re working to bring more opportunities like this to Oklahoma. “

Dewey F. Bartlett Jr., who chairs the board of directors of Tulsa Ports and is honorary consul general of Oklahoma in Japan, noted that ports in the Tulsa area are already home to 71 companies that employ nearly 3,200 people. .

“Tulsa Ports has positioned its industrial parks, Catoosa and Inola, as ideal locations for the growing electric vehicle industry and their suppliers, as well as a welcome place for foreign direct investment,” he said. .

LNAI is able to offer a range of services beyond metal fabrication, including engineering, the company said.

“We could not be more excited to locate the plant in the Tulsa area,” said company general manager Yasunori Bruce Suzuki.

TOPIA Co. Ltd. President Hideki Sasaki added, “We are united in a vision to deliver exceptional service, value and capabilities to our customers on a large platform. “