Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
Oklahoma City has the fifth highest overall volunteer rate among the 51 largest cities in the U.S., as well as the second-highest number of volunteer hours per resident, among other high volunteer rankings. The latest Volunteering in America Report explains the factors that drive OKC's high volunteerism rates, like home ownership levels, short commutes, high education levels, low foreclosure rates and low unemployment -- factors that are also good for business.
(June 16, 2010)
by Debbie Blossom
Oklahoma City-based Equipment Technology Inc. is planning to add 90 jobs during the next several years after joining the state's Quality Jobs program.
The privately held company, which manufactures truck-mounted, hydraulically operated aerial device units, also called bucket trucks or cherry pickers, plans to expand operations and add more professional positions in engineering, information technology and accounting, said Rosie Dominic, ETI's human resources director.
The company employs 170 people.
"We opened a new fabrication shop in 2007," Dominic said, and the plan is to employ more workers at that facility.
The company, at 341 NW 122, previously joined the quality jobs program in 2006, but the economy has affected business, she said.
ETI sells its trucks to communication companies and to the cable industry, and leases trucks to municipalities to help with severe weather damage.
ETI also leases other equipment, including digger derricks, pressure diggers, cranes, material handling equipment and utility trailers.
Equipment Technology could receive more than $1.3 million in the next 10 years if it adds the planned 90 jobs, state Commerce Department officials said.