Boeing Opens Research Facility in Oklahoma CityPublished: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Source: The POINT!
Boeing opened its new engineering, research and development lab facility last month in Oklahoma City. The lab will design, test and apply modernization technologies for legacy aircraft such as the C-17 Globemaster III and the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).
The 300,000-square-foot structure, which is larger than the footprint of five football fields, is the newest addition to Boeing’s Oklahoma City site, headquarters to the company’s Aircraft Modernization & Sustainment business. The lab will expand the company’s ability to maintain and upgrade existing aircraft. These capabilities help the United States and other Boeing customers realize greater value from their aircraft while maintaining readiness, technological relevance and aircraft affordability for many years after initial delivery. The lab represents 800 additional jobs in the Oklahoma City aerospace industry.
“Oklahoma’s aerospace industry is on the rise, as evidenced by this cutting-edge facility,” said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who spoke at the dedication ceremony. “Boeing Oklahoma City truly has a global impact by supporting our nation and allies in the defense of freedom.”
“Two of the focus markets for our defense business are services and commercial derivatives,” said Mike Emmelhainz, Boeing vice president, Large Aircraft Engineering & Sustainment and Oklahoma City site executive. “This lab facility will play a major role in those two areas and further cement Oklahoma’s role in Boeing’s future.”
The event also marked 100 years of Boeing’s pioneering aviation accomplishments and launched its second century as an innovative, customer-focused aerospace technology and capabilities provider, community partner and preferred employer. Boeing began its work in Oklahoma City more than 60 years ago when they started with 10 people in a rented office space. Boeing’s employment in the area now exceeds 2,400.
“Boeing represents the type of success that companies can create in Oklahoma City,” said Roy H. Williams, CCE, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “We are grateful for the work they do to support Tinker Air Force Base and for their commitment to the Oklahoma City community.”
Through its Defense, Space & Security unit, Boeing is a global leader in this marketplace and is the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $30 billion business with about 50,000 employees worldwide.