Tribal leaders, congressional representatives and local officials recently welcomed Canadian firm Pro-Pipe USA LLC to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, for the pipeline manufacturer’s groundbreaking ceremony at Iron Horse Industrial Park.
“Pro Pipe USA’s investment in Iron Horse will help to drive economic development in Oklahoma,” said Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett. “Iron Horse Industrial Park and CPN provide an excellent environment for manufacturers to produce and distribute their products. We thank Pro Pipe USA for the partnership.”
The company’s production facility is in the initial stages of construction, with CPN retaining ownership of the facility while subleasing it to Pro-Pipe USA LLC through contractual tenets laid out by the U.S. Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, or HEARTH Act. The act restores the authority of federally recognized tribes to develop and implement their own laws governing the long-term leasing of Indian lands for residential, business and other purposes.
Pro-Pipe USA LLC expects operations to begin by summer of 2020, including expansion with its affiliate partners, thus creating additional employment.
By developing Iron Horse Industrial Park as a destination for manufacturers and those participating in international trade, CPN looks to increase its ability to be a job creator and supporter in east central Oklahoma.
Iron Horse is a general-use industrial park located on the national rail line network in the center of the United States. It consists of a 400-acre site of Native American trust land owned by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, located 35 minutes east of Oklahoma City and is a satellite site of Foreign-Trade Zone #106.