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Our central location has made us a hub for MRO activity where a strong, skilled workforce rebuilds and repairs aircraft, parts, components, and engines. American Airlines runs the largest single-site commercial aircraft MRO facility in the world at Tulsa International Airport. Oklahoma is also home to Tinker AFB, the largest Department of Defense air depot. Located in Oklahoma City, the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center is our nation’s hub for FAA and USDOT training, logistics, and aeromedical research and is responsible for training more than 76,000 students annually.

Meet the Oklahoma Team

Oklahoma is committed to helping your company achieve success in our state. The Oklahoma Team offers the highest quality, one-stop professional assistance to make that happen.

Leshia Pearson
Leshia Pearson
Deputy Director, Oklahoma ACES
Geoffrey Camp
Geoffrey Camp
State Director of Aerospace + Defense

Find and connect with Oklahoma aerospace and defense companies. Use our free map powered by Sustainment Technologies to locate new customers and suppliers. 

Farnborough International Air Show 2022 Partner Directory

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Acorn Growth Companies

Jamie Nance, Executive Coordinator

Acorn Growth Companies is a middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on investing in the aerospace, defense, intelligence, and space markets. Acorn acquires or partners with operating companies that strive to enhance global mobility, protect national interests, and develop next-generation intelligence gathering technology. Contact us if you are seeking a strategic partner for growth capital, acquisitions, or seeking an exit.

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Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide LLC

Vince Howie, CEO/VP

Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide’s system is fully automatic, utilizing an electric-powered pullcar/tow dolly that rides on a monorail in a below-ground channel and pulls aircraft from the runway to the gate and back. Once the aircraft nose gear is driven onto the tow dolly, aircraft engines are shut down and the aircraft rides on the pullcar/tow dolly from the runway to the gate and back. Benefits of this green, sustainable system are substantial fuel savings, reduced emissions, improved air quality, decreased noise, safer taxiing operations by reducing collisions, higher airport throughput increasing capacity without adding gates, and extended aircraft engine and component life.



Adam Belusko, Global Head of Sales & Marketing

Avtrac Companies deliver the unmatched experience of 30 years as a technical consultancy through individuals who have managed every phase of the commercial aviation airframe and engine lifecycle process. Highly proficient in all major commercial aviation manufacturers including Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier & Embraer on airframes along with, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, CFM & International Aero Engines for powerplant, Avtrac’s expertise includes all aspects of revenue-generating transport aircraft.

Consolidated Turbine Specialists, LLC

Sherrie Smith, Accounting/HR

Consolidated turbine Specialists, LLC (CTS) is an independent business specializing in the repair and overhaul of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, PT6T and PW100 engines. CTS took flight in 2012 and collectively, we have over 290 years of experience in the PT6 turbine engine industry. At our U.S. location in Bristow, Oklahoma, we are certified by the FAA, EASA, DOT and DGCA. Our Canadian located in Langley, British Colombia, is certified by Transport Canada. 

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Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC

Courtland Schafer, Vice President of Business Development

Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC (DRG) is recognized as a proven and dependable government contracting entity with well-established performance capabilities. Founded in 2002, DRG has grown to over 860 employees and provides annual training to over 10,000 USAF, USN, USMC and foreign nation military personnel. DRG supports contracts performing work at more than 120 locations in 43 states and 12 foreign nations. Offering over 2 million simulator training hours per year, the DRG employee cadre includes nearly 250 simulator/logistics technicians and more than 400 aircrew instructors with over 200 of them being 4th and 5th generation fighter instructors.

Electro Enterprises

Ty Diedrick, Director of Marketing

Electro Enterprises is a leading global distributor of interconnect, electro-mechanical, and wire harness products. For more than 40 years, Electro Enterprises has been providing superior products at competitive prices to the aerospace, commercial, and military markets.

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Ferra Aerospace Inc

Justin Jones, Strategic Business Development Manager

Ferra specializes in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of complex electromechanical subsystems and structures primarily for defense, commercial and military aviation, and other industries. Ferra is recognized as an industry leader in precision and custom engineering by the world’s premier aeronautical OEMs and is committed to delivering innovative, technological advancement, project management and sustainment solutions for all air, land, and sea projects.

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Mint Turbines

Chris Van Denhende, Chief Strategy/Financial Officer 

Mint Turbines LLC in Stroud, Oklahoma, specializes in the maintenance and repair of aircraft turbine engines. We are an FAA-authorized and EASA-approved facility for maintenance, repair, test and overhaul of the Honeywell T53 (commercial and military), Pratt & Whitney PT6A and PT6T series and General Electric restricted category T700 series engines. Since 1981, our reputation has been built on superior customer service and support.

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ShockBox Test Boxes

Warren Mesner

Over the past several years we have determined there is a need for test equipment for a variety of maintenance specific tasks. However, finding such equipment in a timely manner for an affordable price was difficult. So we set out to develop our own line of test equipment called ShockBox. Our custom built, high quality test equipment is developed in-house for a variety of maintenance applications all with the purpose of reducing AOG and maintenance costs for your Aircraft Repair Station or Charter Operations.

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Vertical Aerospace

Matt Colwell, Business Development Manager

Vertical Aerospace is a tier-one MRO provider of Boeing and Airbus nacelles and structures for commercial Boeing and Airbus aircraft and military derivatives. Core competencies and capabilities include composite and metal autoclave bonding, metal treatment and processing, welding, painting, tooling, and reverse engineering. Our international customer base includes passenger airline operators, freight operators, brokers, and military and prime contractors. We are located near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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WHI Global

Duke Peer, Executive Vice President

WHI is a vertically integrated manufacturer of precision components, composite structures and assemblies for the aerospace and defense markets. With industry-leading closed-die forging, composite fabrication, 3-, 4- and 5-axis CNC machining, assembly and NADCAP heat treat / NDT capabilities, WHI serves a global customer base. WHI’s operating history dates back to 1951 with over 250,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing footprint that includes four ITAR registered facilities carrying AS9100 Rev. D and ISO 9001 certifications. 

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Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation

Jennifer Conway, President and CEO

The Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation (BAEDC) connects businesses and organizations with resources for success. Our partnerships with local organizations and businesses have resulted in thousands of new jobs, and capital investments that have expanded and improved our infrastructure. Our visionary plans have reimagined our downtown core to be an arts and entertainment destination where people also love to live. We are home to several leading innovative aerospace companies that our community is strongly invested in.

Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation

Lyle Roggow, President

Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) was started in 1993 when business leaders decided to diversify the industry mix of the community. DAEDF oversees 7 industrial sites containing 1,448 acres or 585 hectares. The organization owns 12 industrial buildings within the industrial park. We have the nation’s top Career Technology system to train your workforce. DAEDF is also involved with STEM, internships activities, and business incubator. Duncan is home to Halliburton and Family Dollar Distribution Center, which has played a major influence on the strong work ethic and skill-sets in welding, metal fabrication, CNC machining, oilfield services, distribution, and trucking.

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Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Kim Wilmes, Vice President of Economic Development Programs 

Nearly every Air Force airplane in America stops in Oklahoma City for maintenance or repair. OKC is home to Tinker AFB, which employs 26,000+ (where 25% are active duty military).

Nearly 300 companies and 43,000+ workers are engaged in aerospace activity in the Greater OKC region. Some of the worldwide giants are here — like Boeing, Pratt, and Northrop. Together with Tinker AFB & FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, the aerospace industry is a $7.2B annual business.

The Greater OKC Chamber can help your company set up operations in OKC. 

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Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission

Grayson Ardies, State Director of Aeronautics 

OAC promotes aviation, ensuring the needs of commerce and communities statewide are met by the 108 public airports that comprise the Oklahoma Airport System and ensuring the viability of the state’s aerospace industry. Empowered and directed to encourage, foster, and assist in the development of aviation and aerospace in Oklahoma and to encourage the establishment of airports and air navigation facilities, OAC was formally created in 1963 by the Oklahoma Legislature, succeeding the Oklahoma Aviation Commission. Since FY2001, the Commission has invested $274M in federal funds and $76.5M of the $94.5M it has received in state funds into airport infrastructure.


Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Innovation Institute at the University of Oklahoma

Joyce Burch, Director of Corporate Partnerships and Regional Economic Development

The Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Innovation Institute, or OADII, brings together the full range of the research capabilities of the University of Oklahoma along with a network of industry and government partners to address the aerospace, defense, and global security challenges. OADII is growing in national prominence in radar innovations, sustainment and modernization, advanced technologies, and international security policy. Learn more or get in touch at ou.edu/oadii.

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Oklahoma Air & Space Port

Craig J Smith, Executive Director

Oklahoma Air & Space Port – Located just 11 km south of Historic Route 66 and having the 4th longest civilian runway in North America adjacent to a 241 km x 72 km spaceflight corridor providing a Northwest (Polar) trajectory (neither in restricted airspace nor military operating areas) – the Oklahoma Air & Space Port at Clinton-Sherman Airport (KCSM) is one of only 13 FAA-licensed spaceports in the U.S. It has 100,000sf of available hangar space and features an 1,100-acre industrial park with roads, water, utilities, and even fiber optics with numerous plats available for lease and development.

Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

Kinnee Tilly, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is a statewide economic development organization with a core mission to grow industry. Our team includes manufacturing specialists and engineers with offices in local communities throughout the state. Services are extensive with an emphasis on the adoption of new technologies, strategic planning, and expanded markets. Our trusted experts hold diverse backgrounds and offer a world of experience including business, finance, process improvement, workforce development, quality control, supply chain efficiency, and advanced technologies. As part of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership, we have the ability to integrate federal resources on a local level.

Rose State College

Ryan Stoddard, Dean of Engineering & Science

Rose State College is a two-year community college in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1970, Rose State welcomes more than 13,000 domestic and international students annually. In traditional academics, Rose State offers more than 60 different degree programs focused on maximizing student value, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In workforce development, Rose State is host to Oklahoma’s first Center for Workforce Excellence in Aerospace and Cybersecurity, serving existing and prospective employers’ workforce needs by coordinating resources and services between business leaders, economic developers, state agencies, the public school system, and higher education.

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SWOSO - Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Boone Clemmons, VP for Marketing and Public Relations

At Southwestern Oklahoma State University, (SWOSU), we are excited to help meet the needs of the Aerospace & Defense Industry in Oklahoma. With degree programs including Engineering Technology, Engineering Physics, and Computer Sciences, our students are graduating with the skills to design, develop, and manufacture the technology of the future.
Learn more about SWOSU’s Aerospace & Defense Workforce Development Initiative, in partnership with Delaware Resource Group

Check out SWOSU’s Rocketry Team, who in 2022 won a national competition, the prestigious Argonia Cup!

Video. https://youtu.be/3FsgTTRqoGM

Article. https://journalrecord.com/2022/04/13/swosu-rocket-dawgs-soar-to-national-win/

Contact President Diana Lovell at Diana.lovell@swosu.edu or text/call USA # 713-553-4234

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Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust

Andrew Pierini, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) administers, manages and operates Tulsa International Airport and Tulsa Riverside Airport. TAIT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, self-supporting airport system for the citizens of the Tulsa metropolitan area and surrounding region.

MRO Capital of the World

Home to the largest Department of Defense air depot and commercial airline MRO facility in the world. 

1,100+ Aerospace Entities

More than 1,100 aerospace entities operate in the state including manufacturers, MRO, research and development, military and others.

Oklahoma’s Aerospace Clusters

Map of Oklahoma showing clusters of aerospace entities

The more than 1,100 aerospace entities operating in Oklahoma encompass all aspects of the supply chain — manufacturers, MRO, research and development, military and others.

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