LOVE COUNTY, OK -- A Love County manufacturing plant that was nearly shut down almost a decade ago, is now the third largest employer in the county.
Nine years after employees got word they were shutting down, a Love County oil & gas distribution plant isn't just alive it's growing.
In 2004, Chickasaw Nation Industries bought the Marietta plant after Siemen's decided to shut down operations there. CNI also allowed those employees to keep their jobs.
Larry Wolfe, one of the estimated 60 employees during that time, says it made him proud to be a Chickashaw.
"They saved all the jobs and made the economy better here and Marietta.", said Wolfe.
Kent Foster, Innovation One manager, says they're now the third largest employer in Love County and, over the next year, an additional 60-100 employees will be hired after renovations to the facility are completed.
According to Foster, "One of the things that's important for us, not only growing our tribal footprint, but also to help Oklahomans. And to help businesses in Oklahoma."
Foster says the renovations, which began earlier this year, should be completed by the end of August. He says it's all thanks to the Chickasaws.
"We want to be a contributor to the economic growth of Oklahoma. We want to give back to the tribe that's given so much to this operation and to this community.", added Foster.