Industries interested in locating a foundry or warehouse in Wagoner soon could find a 30,000 square-foot building ready for it.

Wagoner city and county leaders are putting up a metal building shell that could be used for light industrial purposes such as shipping, manufacturing or as a foundry. Members of the Wagoner Industrial Development Authority, Wagoner County Economic Development Authority, Wagoner County Commission and City Council will break ground on the new building at the Wagoner County Industrial Park this afternoon.

Industrial Development Authority Chairman Charles Burns said the building is a joint effort of the four bodies.

“I’m proud that this is the first time we had a new facility that the city and county are doing within city limits,” he said.

The building will cost about $393,000 and is funded partly with county funding, partly with a city economic development tax and partly through the Wagoner Industrial Development Authority, he said.

Brewer Construction is erecting the building, which could take about 210 days to build.

“They have done something like this in Pryor,” he said. “This will be a shell building with a roof, sides and foundation. When you find a suitor, you finish it off with the right details.”

Burns compared the arrangement to the “If you build it, they will come” premise of the movie “Field of Dreams,” in which a man built a baseball diamond in his cornfield and people came to ball games.

“We have several industries looking at us, but they do not have a place to go,” he said. “Unarco Shopping Carts is in a building once owned by International Harvester, but they left. The Prestolite Building was empty but now has SSI.”

If you go

WHAT: Groundbreaking for industrial park building.

WHO: Wagoner Industrial Development Authority.

WHEN: 3 p.m. today.

WHERE: Wagoner Industrial Park, 301 S.E. 11th St. Wagoner.

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