Kratos opens production plantPublished: Monday, November 5, 2018 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
State and community leaders joined executives from Kratos Defense & Security Solutions at a ribbon-cutting for the company’s new 100,000-square-foot unmanned aircraft production facility in the Will Rogers Business Park, 7501 SW 29th St. in Oklahoma City.
Kratos early this year announced the selection of Oklahoma City as the site of the production plant for its Tactical UAS and Firejet unmanned aerial target system. The company plans to hire at least 350 employees in Oklahoma over the next five years.
“Kratos chose Oklahoma, with strong encouragement from its congressional delegation,” said Eric DeMarco, president and CEO of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. “The people of Oklahoma represent a highly patriotic, educated, and motivated workforce with the technical skills that will contribute to building the affordable but technology-leading weapons systems needed for tomorrow’s world.”
U.S. Sen Jim Inhofe, U.S. Rep. Steve Russell and Gov. Mary Fallin all attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“The company is an excellent addition to our state’s prominent aerospace industry and will help this industry continue to advance,” Fallin said.
The Oklahoma plant is the latest in a series of expansions announced by Kratos in recent months, including expanded facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for its space communications products, and doubling of its manufacturing capacity for training and simulation systems in Orlando, Florida.
“This Oklahoma expansion accommodates our existing need to augment our California production capacity based on backlog orders today, but more importantly enables us to meet our expected increasing production quantity and aircraft type requirements which are expected to ramp significantly each year for the foreseeable future,” said Steve Fendley, president of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division.