Milo’s Tea Company is expanding its manufacturing presence in the United States.
The Alabama-based manufacturer of all-natural, freshly brewed teas and lemonade is investing $20 million in an expansion of a plant in Tulsa County plant.
The plant constructed in 2020 will result in the creation of approximately 50 new jobs this year.
The funds will be used to expand approximately 3,100 square feet of production space to its existing 105,000-square-foot facility at Cherokee Extension Industrial Park, north of Tulsa and west of Owasso.
Milo’s gallon-making capacity will be tripled as a result of the expansion, which is slated to be operational this summer.
The upgrade also will comprise 118 more parking spaces and a second entrance onto 76th Street North.
Arthur Jackson, senior vice president of economic development at the Tulsa Regional Chamber, said: “Milo’s Tea Company has been a great corporate partner since announcing its expansion to Tulsa in May 2019”.
“We’re grateful Milo’s has found success in northeast Oklahoma and is further investing in our workforce and the community.”
He added: “This expansion is another example of how Tulsa’s Future, the Chamber-led regional economic development partnership, works to attract new companies that will have long-term impacts on the region.”
An increase in demand sparked Milo’s desire to bulk up operations, Wright said.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said: “Over the past several years, Tulsa has been ranked as having the best water quality in the region, which I’m told is one of the main reasons Milo’s Tea decided to come to our area,”
He continued “I’m excited that Milo’s is expanding and want to thank our team at the city for ensuring Milo’s can deliver a world-class product with world-class water quality service.”
Milo’s started in 1946 as a Birmingham hamburger joint headed by current CEO Tricia Wallwork’s grandparents, Milo and Beatrice Carlton, who would serve customers tea to wash down their meals.
The company’s Oklahoma facility was its first out-of-state expansion. Milo’s campus sits on 20 acres that are just east of Macy’s Fulfillment Center, which opened in 2015.