Cherokee Nation partners to bring manufacturing to Stilwell


STILWELL, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Industries is partnering with an Arkansas company to bring manufacturing and production work back to the U.S. and create jobs within the Cherokee Nation.

NextGen Illumination is known for high-quality lighting solutions that reduce energy consumption, minimize waste and save on replacement and disposal costs. Working with Cherokee leadership, the company will train employees at CNI’s facility in Stilwell to procure, assemble and package their products. CNI employees will service all supply demands for North and South America.

“This is a great opportunity for us to further develop our existing talents, expand our market reach and create more jobs in northeast Oklahoma,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “Cherokee Nation’s workforce is continuously growing, and technical work like this creates well-paying jobs that can support Cherokee families.”

CNI recently received its first order for 1,000 assemblies from the company. Hiring to support the additional work will begin immediately.

“I’ve listened to the people I serve, and it’s clear to me that the economy is the most important issue to our Cherokee citizens in Adair County,” said Frankie Hargis, District 7 Tribal Councilor. “I’m happy we can create job opportunities here in their home community.”

As work orders increase, the company hopes to expand job opportunities.

“This diversification is important for our Stilwell facility as it creates opportunity to expand into commercial products and markets,” said Chris Moody, Cherokee Nation Industries president. “NextGen products are known for having the finest workmanship and highest caliber components. Our employees are knowledgeable and experienced, and we are looking forward to exceeding our clients’ expectations and growing these operations.”

NextGen Illumination provides sustainable LED lighting solutions for industrial, commercial, residential and agricultural customers.

“The beauty of working with the tribe is their extensive knowledge of manufacturing and production, which allows us to improve on our practices and streamline processes,” said Jerry McCormick, vice president of operations for NextGen Illumination. “We are applying emerging technologies to create state-of-the-art and proprietary products for our customers.”

CNI was established in 1969 to serve as the economic and workforce arm for the Cherokee Nation. The tribal enterprise specializes in aerospace and defense manufacturing, telecommunications and distribution services. The company has offices in Stilwell, Tahlequah, Pryor and Tulsa. CNI is a Cherokee Nation company.

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