2021 off to a fast start with pair of job announcements

Published: Friday, March 5, 2021 By: Chamber Staff Source: The POINT!

Early in 2021, a pair of companies announced major projects in Oklahoma City, pointing to a strong year for the local economy.

“Even though 2020 was rough for a lot of people, we are proud of how the community came together to provide resources to small businesses. We feel initiatives like the Small Business Continuity Program helped the local economy be pretty resilient during the last year,” said Jeff Seymour, executive vice president of economic development for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “We’ve felt Oklahoma City is as set up for success in 2021 as any other metro in the country and these two announcements are a great sign of that.”

Corken recently announced they will be adding 120 new jobs over the next five years to their operations in Oklahoma City.

Corken was founded in Oklahoma City nearly a century ago and its compressors, pumps and other products are used throughout the world.

Recently, Corken’s parent company, IDEX, decided to consolidate Corken with another company they own, Liquid Controls. That operation will be located in Oklahoma City under the name Advanced Flow Solutions.

“We could not be more excited that Corken and its parent company IDEX decided to expand in Oklahoma City,” said Seymour. “Corken looked at some other major metros but ultimately decided Oklahoma City made the best business sense for its operations. Besides bringing more well-paying jobs to our market, Corken is also very active in the community. We look forward to their continued growth in Oklahoma City.”

Approximately 100 of the new jobs will be in manufacturing with the other 20 being in engineering, finance, executive leadership and other roles. Corken currently has 250 employees in Oklahoma City. The company will soon be moving into its new 150,000-square-foot headquarters located near I-35 at the Britton Road Commerce Park.

Also in January, Mom’s Meals, which produces refrigerated home-delivered meals for the healthcare industry, announced it would be building a 200,000-square-foot prep kitchen in Oklahoma City. Mom’s Meals uses professional chefs and registered dietitians to create their seasonal menus.

The new facility will be built west of Will Rogers World Airport and initially employ 125. The workforce will eventually expand to 550.

The Oklahoma City facility will be the first time Mom’s Meals, based in Iowa, has built its own facility and construction is expected to begin later this year. The other two facilities the company operates are located in Iowa and Ohio.

“Mom’s Meals is a very exciting win for our community,” said Seymour. “The company is going to bring a lot of new jobs to our city, undertake a big construction project and provides a great service to the community.”

This story originally appeared in the March 2021 edition of The Point.

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