Baker-Hughes Oilfield Operations Inc. is set to open a new manufacturing center in Oklahoma City that will create 475 jobs over the next five years.
The company, which currently employs 48 people in the city, is preparing to build two manufacturing plants at the southwest corner of the Kilpatrick Turnpike and U.S. 77, according to a jobs incentives application for $850,000 filed with the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust.
The average salary the first year is reported at $51,660.
In addition to creating 475 jobs, the company is planning to invest between $128 million and $150 million on land, new plants, high tech robotics, machinery and inventory. The new Oklahoma City operation will be the company’s only site in the United States to incorporate high-tech robotics as part of creating motors for oil and gas companies.
A report provided by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber estimates the manufacturing plant’s economic impact over the first four years will total $299.6 million. The $850,000 incentives, if approved by the trust and the city council, would be paid from a general obligation limited tax bond approved by voters in 2007.
Cathy O’Connor, president of The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, said discussions with Baker Hughes began in mid-2013. She said the manufacturing center represents a consolidation of company operations that were once located at numerous locations.
“We love manufacturing jobs,” O’Connor said. “They have a bigger impact on the economy than many other types of jobs. We focus on primary jobs that create or export products or services, but manufacturing jobs are at the pinnacle of what we try to do. Oil and gas is important to our community, and we’re just glad they chose Oklahoma City for this consolidation.”