City of Poteau Optimistic About Filling Tiger Facility

Tiger creditors initiated bankruptcy filing

Oct 07, 2010, 16:45 ET from City of Poteau

POTEAU, Okla., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Poteau City leadership is ready to move forward and work with any business interested in the former Tiger Truck manufacturing facility.

Tiger Truck filed bankruptcy and is shutting down their Poteau facility.

Mayor Jeff Shockley said, "We are sincerely sorry to have our friends at Tiger Truck leave our community. We all worked diligently to establish Tiger in Poteau and certainly many in our community benefited from their presence. However, we now move forward and stand ready to assist another tenant in that most desirable space."

Tiger's location at Poteau Industrial Park is ideally positioned to connect either East or West via Interstate Highway 40. The building has 163,000 square feet of heated and air-conditioned space plus a state of the art large eco powder coat system. At the height of its operation in Poteau the small utility off road truck manufacturer employed 90 people.

The main facility was built in 1980s but added 50,000 square feet in 2007.

Tiger's CEO Mike Ward said, "The City of Poteau and Mayor Shockley were wonderful to work with from the very beginning and throughout our stay. They made it easy to establish in this lovely Southeastern town and have been supportive during our three years here."

The City of Poteau has a current population of 8,300 and is located about 40 minutes from Fort Smith, Arkansas with an international airport. It's strategic position next to Texas and Arkansas is a large advantage to any business and it offers tremendous educational, recreational and living opportunities.

SOURCE City of Poteau