STILLWATER — The Stillwater facility is expected to employ the latest in lean manufacturing, which is a process meant to minimize the amount of material and financial waste in manufacturing. That principle of efficiency means it is possible the company could later try to bring its suppliers either to the Stillwater or the portion of the MerCruiser facility that would be unused even when ASCO ramps up to full production.
“Because of the fact that they want to be very lean manufacturing, part of their processes are still done by suppliers here in the United States,” Navrkal said. “If they can consolidate those suppliers — whether it be in the facility or somewhere around Stillwater — it would make their manufacturing process more lean.”
She said there are no concrete plans to do so at this stage, but it has been discussed as a possibility.
“They don’t have any plans. It is just something they have talked about. It’s a desire of theirs that they foresee in the future,” Navrkal said.
She added the Chamber would consider recruiting ASCO suppliers at a future date.
“We absolutely (would look at recruiting their suppliers) once they get established,” Navrkal said. “We will work with them on further development.”
For its new facility in Stillwater, ASCO will receive the new federal market tax credit and the state investment tax credit and quality jobs incentive. The company is expected to invest up to $100 million locally, and Navrkal said the majority of the 500 to 600 jobs will be new, local hires.
Rep. Lee Denney was one of several officials in attendance for the Monday announcement, and the Cushing Republican said the new ASCO facility is a gain for the entire area.
“It’s a very exciting day for Payne County. Although it’s going to be here in Stillwater, I look forward to them needing workers,” she said. “When you need that many people in the workforce, you are going to need people from Cushing, Yale, Perkins, Ripley — all around the county — to adequately staff the entire facility.”