- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

OWASSO, Okla. (AP) - A new Macy’s distribution center currently under construction in north Tulsa County could employ 5,000 workers by next fall, an Owasso official said.

Chelsea Levo, Owasso’s director of economic development, told the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1pkD33K ) on Wednesday the $160 million center is expected to open in July.

“It is a 1.3 million-square-foot footprint, but it is two-tiered space, which we didn’t realize,” Levo said. “That’s additional production.”

Executives from Macy’s Inc. spoke with state and local government officials last week at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Macy’s said previously that it would employ nearly 1,400 people at the facility. But the company said during the meeting last week that it wants to start with 1,500 employees and then expand to 5,000 workers for its peak season, which is next September through December. It would later drop to 4,000 employees during its non-peak season.

“All of this is great news,” Levo said.

The company wants to fill 50 executive positions by October and 50 managerial positions by December. Levo said the business is also working to establish an hourly wage.

“That, to me, was impressive,” she said. “They are willing to work with us in the area.”

Levo said people 18 and older can apply for part-time positions starting in December. She said Owasso officials are working to establish transit options for workers in the area.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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