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Ground breaking ceremony held for Welcome Center, new Bedre’ Chocolates Factory

Davis, Oklahoma – The Chickasaw Nation held a groundbreaking ceremony this week for two new facilities at the southwest corner of  Interstate-35 and State Highway 7 at Exit 55 in Davis, Okla.

Manhattan Construction Co. has been selected to build the project that includes a Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center as well as a new Bedré Chocolate factory. Bedré, Oklahoma’s only chocolate factory, provides chocolate products to several high-end retail clients nationwide. The new facility will replace the factory currently located in Paul’s Valley and provide space for expansion of the Bedré line.

The new Welcome Center will provide information about the many attractions in the Chickasaw Nation, including the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Turner Falls, and Boggy Depot Park.

It will take approximately nine months to build the two new facilities, which feature a gift shop, children’s playground, dog park. The new factory and welcome center expect up to 25,000 visitors a week.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, October 17th.

About Manhattan Construction:
Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction Co. is recognized as a top general builder in the nation. Manhattan operates from offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.;  Atlanta, Georgia; and Naples, Fort Myers, Tampa, Sarasota and Kissimmee, Florida. Manhattan’s building portfolio includes corporate headquarters, institutional, healthcare, office, hospitality and leisure, sports and entertainment, aviation, retail, and judicial facilities throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.  More information is available at: .

About the Chickasaw Nation:
The Chickasaw Nation is one of the largest federally-recognized tribes in the United States. Their jurisdictional territory includes more than 7,600 square miles of south-central Oklahoma and features many recreational and tourism attractions. A highlight for cultural tourism is the new Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Okla.