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Manufacturing

Competitive costs mean positive dividends for manufacturers.

Oklahoma’s central location and multi-modal transportation system ensure supplies get in and products reach customers, all at lower costs. From food processing and aerospace to pipe and plastics, thousands of manufacturing companies have found success operating in Oklahoma.
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Quick Facts

4,200+ Manufactures

More than 4,200 manufacturing firms operate in Oklahoma.

6.5% Increase in Exports

6.5% increase in manufacturing exports in 2017 vs. 2016.

Right-to-Work State

And low unemployment insurance taxes.

“The location of our micromill in Durant, Okla., is 80 miles north of Dallas -- allowing us to easily serve a growing North Texas market as well as expand into markets in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas and Missouri.”
Joe Alvarado, former Chairman, President & CEO, CMC

Industry Assets + Facilities

A Hub of Activity

At the intersection of I-35, I-40, and I-44, Oklahoma is the crossroads of North America. With 4 inland waterway ports, 3 Class-I rail lines, 135 public airports and 2 international airports, Oklahoma’s transportation system ensures delivery to and from locations around the globe.

Cost-effective Electricity

Industrial electric rates are 20-30% lower than all U.S. states.

Ready to Work

20 Oklahoma colleges and universities offer manufacturing technician-related programs. Our CareerTech system is projecting 10,000 manufacturing-related program completions over the next 5 years.

World Class

Oklahoma is home to the world’s largest Department of Defense air depot and commercial airline Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities. Located in Lawton, Okla., the Goodyear tire plant is the company’s largest North American manufacturing facility.

Oklahoma's Manufacturing Sectors

  • Aerospace & defense
  • Chemicals, plastics & rubber
  • Energy equipment & refining
  • Food, fiber & forestry
  • Foundries & metalworking
  • Healthcare & bio
  • Household & chemical
  • Machinery, instruments & appliances
  • Transportation & distribution equipment
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