Blackwell is located in the middle of the United States primary shipping corridors. Immediately adjacent to Interstate 35 and with direct access to Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Wichita and Kansas City, a Blackwell, Oklahoma’s location simply makes sense when deciding where to locate a warehouse/distribution or time-sensitive manufacturing business.
In addition to over-the-road service, Blackwell is also connected to BNSF and Union Pacific rail via local short-line rail service provided by the Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad. This line, available on-site at the Blackwell Industrial Park, connects Blackwell to domestic and international markets including those available through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, one of the nation’s most in-land waterway system ports. For more information about the Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad.
Working in coordination with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Blackwell companies are able to access numerous state and federal incentive programs including the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program, New Jobs/Investment Tax Credits, Freeport and the Inventory Tax Incentives. Other state programs available to some companies locating in Blackwell include the Oklahoma CareerTech Training for Industry Program, and Oklahoma Enterprise Zone incentives.
Locally, the Blackwell Industrial Authority is able to offer incentives including graduated rents on BIA owned property, negotiated land purchase prices and BIA controlled bond capacity for large development projects. For inquiries regarding state or local incentives please contact the BIA office at (580) 363-2934.
In addition to offering a tremendous logistical advantages and state and local incentives, Blackwell, OK also offers companies locating or expanding within the region a very low cost of doing business.
On average, as measured by the closest Micropolitan Statistical Area to Blackwell (Ponca City, OK) the cost of living in Blackwell is approximately 10% lower than the average United States community (90.4%, July 2011). In addition to a low cost of living, Blackwell is also able to take advantage of competitive state personal and corporate income tax structures with a flat corporate income tax rate of 6.0% and a personal income tax rate for income over $8,700 of 5.5%.
The Blackwell Industrial Authority has recently upgraded its ability to market to warehouse and distribution firms through its acquisition of 98 acres of property less than one mile from Interstate 35. Blackwell currently has three large firms that serve specialty warehouse and distribution markets; Southwest Cupid (textiles), Shepherd Oil Company (petroleum product distribution) and Duke Energy.
Like many rural Oklahoma communities, Blackwell has a strong agricultural heritage. Capitalizing on this heritage, Blackwell has seen several local companies grow to service this industry including multiple seed companies, an ag-lime distributor and cotton processing facilities. Growing the agricultural product manufacturing/distribution markets is one of the goals of the Blackwell Industrial Authority.
Niche market manufacturing has always been a key to the Northern Oklahoma economy. Founded on an economic base that specialized in the production of processed ore, Blackwell now employs various types of specialty foundry operators, machinists, welders and research and development specialists. These skill sets are invaluable in continuing to grow the economic base of the Blackwell community.