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.
"97% of our natural gas needs are met from North America... Oklahoma has a lot of it and I think Oklahoma City can increasingly be seen as the center of the universe for America's onshore natural gas industry."
- Aubrey McClendon, Chairman and CEO, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
The U.S. Air Force's new nine-year contract with Northrop Grumman Corp. for contractor logistics support for its KC-10 Extender refueling tanker aircraft should create about 30 jobs in Oklahoma.
Northrop will create a KC-10 Engine Program office at its current location near Tinker Air Force Base, company spokeswoman Leah Smith said.
No definite date for the office's opening was given, and Smith could not say what positions would be available. The office will support and work with the Air Force, she said.
"We are excited to partner with the Air Force on the KC-10 CLS program and are committed to working with the Air Force to ensure the KC-10 is ready to support air mobility requirements anywhere, anytime," Ronald Sugar, Northrop's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Plane is in service
Under the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide supply chain management, depot-level logistics integration and support, engine maintenance, aircraft maintenance and modifications for the KC-10 refueling tanker airplane with several other team members, including Illinois-based AAR Corp., British Colombia-based MTU Maintenance and Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC.
Chromalloy, a business unit of New York-based Sequa Corp., has a facility in Midwest City capable of providing repairs, overhaul and manufacture of turbine vanes and blades, compressor stators, seals and cases for military and commercial gas turbine engines.
The contract has an estimated value of $3.8 billion, Smith said. Chromalloy's portion is valued at $540 million over nine years, said company spokeswoman Cathy Gedvilas.
The KC-10 tanker/cargo aircraft is part of the Air Force' Air Mobility Command arsenal and has supported anti-terrorist and humanitarian operations around the globe. Production work on the planes will take place at Northrup's facilities in Louisiana and North Carolina.