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Automotive

Auto companies are a driving force in Oklahoma.

With the automotive industry in the U.S. moving increasingly westward, Oklahoma is ideally situated to meet the needs of OEMs and auto parts manufacturers, both in terms of its central location, low costs (both operating costs and wages), right to work status and availability of workers with required technical skillsets.
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Why Oklahoma?

#1 EV Friendly

Most electric vehicle friendly state in the U.S.

22% Lower Electrical Rates

Lower electricity rates than the national average.

24 Hour Drive

Twenty four hour drive time to all OEM facilities in the U.S. 

32% Wind + Solar

Oklahoma has a balanced energy mix of traditional and renewables

Right-to-Work State

And low unemployment insurance taxes

"Oklahoma offers vast benefits to our company and our employees. The success of our business is dependent upon being able to offer the highest quality motor-homes to our customers – thanks to Oklahoma’s skilled and dedicated workforce, we are able to do just that."
Grant Kernan, EVP & General Manager, Newell Coach

Industry Assets + Advantages

Shifting into High Gear: Oklahoma’s Automotive Accelerator Program

Oklahoma has recently gained the attention of automotive companies worldwide. In response to this surge in interest, the state has developed the Automotive Accelerator Program, which offers qualified companies locating to Oklahoma auto incentives, customized workforce programs, and expedited permitting.

Oklahoma’s Automotive Engineer Workforce Tax Credit

Allows automotive companies hiring engineers in a variety of fields to receive tax credits equal to 5% of the compensation paid to an engineer and 10% if the engineer graduated from an Oklahoma college or university, plus another credit of up to 50% of the tuition reimbursed to an employee. Additionally, the engineer hired receives a tax credit of $5,000 per year.

Training and Job Placement Services and Transferable Skillsets

In addition to customized labor market analysis and talent acquisition services, Oklahoma offers auto companies low-to-no cost workforce training programs to help them quickly ramp up operations. Oklahoma’s two largest industry sectors, aerospace and energy, offer a baseline of skills and knowledge that are easily adapted and retrained to meet the specific needs of auto manufacturers.

Cut the Red Tape

Automotive companies locating to Oklahoma will have the benefit of expedited permitting through the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for accelerated ramp-up of their new operation.

Oklahoma is ideally situated for the growing automotive sector.
Hear why from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Lt. Gov Matt Pinnell.
A map of the continental United States showing locations of automotive facilities across the southeastern part of the county and drawing attention to Oklahoma's proximity to them along with access to river ports and interstates.

Southern U.S. Automotive Corridor

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OEM Manufacturing Facility

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Inland River Port

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Interstate Highway

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Navigable River

These Auto Companies Are a Driving Force in Oklahoma

  • Spiers New Technologies – Car Battery Refurbishing
  • Michelin Tire – Tires
  • Goodyear – Tires
  • Henniges Automotive – Anti-Vibration Products
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