United Dynamics expands to downtown OKCPublished: Wednesday, July 14, 2021 By: Janice Francis-Smith Source: The Journal Record
Flanked by state and federal officials, executives for aerospace company United Dynamics on Tuesday held a ribbon-cutting event for their new office space inside Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City.
“It puts us in very close proximity to our customers, to Tinker Air Force Base, and it will also allow us to interact with our government officials on a much more frequent basis,” Chief Operating Officer T. Glenn Davis said. “But make no mistake, there is zero intent to close the doors in Shawnee. In fact, we intend to grow our operations in Shawnee.”
Founded in 1993, United Dynamics specializes in the engineering, design, development and manufacturing of highly specialized applications for military and aerospace hardware. The company expanded its facility at 41001 Wolverine Rd. in Shawnee to encompass 40,000 square feet in 2019. The facility, located on 27 acres about 30 minutes east of Tinker AFB, employs 40 workers, 25% of whom are veterans.
“In this great facility, we’re going to be doing reverse engineering for those electrical and mechanical components that will allow the United States Air Force aircraft to fly well into the future,” Davis said.
Continuing to expand its footprint in Shawnee helps the company keep costs low, as a benefit to taxpayers and the U.S. Air Force, Davis said.
The work United Dynamics is doing will allow aircraft like the B-52 bomber to reach almost 100 years of service before it is retired, said Geoff Camp, director of aerospace and defense for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
“That is the backbone of our bomber fleet, we can’t be protected without it,” Camp said.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole sent along a video message congratulating the company on its continued expansion. Cole sponsored a congressional program to provide $5 million over 23 months for electronics reverse engineering for military aircraft.
In April, United Dynamics announced a strategic partnership with the Osage Nation, combining United Dynamic’s aerospace and defense expertise with the Osage Nation’s extensive government contracting experience. United Dynamics anticipates future expansion on Osage land, providing access to the Port of Catoosa.
State Rep. Ajay Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, representing the district where United Dynamic’s Oklahoma City office is located, said the company is providing the kind of jobs that allow Oklahoma to attract and retain talent.
“We want to make sure we are on the forefront of economic development, and that’s what this industry does,” Pittman said.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Bice noted her role on the Arms Services Committee in stressing how support of companies like United Dynamics bolsters the national defense.