Boeing opens second OKC facility; will expand to 1,200 jobs by 2014

The Boeing Company opened a new 320,000-square-foot building Thursday. The company plans to expand from 900 to 2,100 Oklahoma City employees by the end of next year, a spokeswoman said.
BY CELIA AMPEL campel@opubco.com Modified: June 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: June 8, 2012

“This is a great place to do business,” he said.

Gov. Mary Fallin said she was grateful for the company's investment, adding that she might start calling Oklahoma the “silicon prairie” of the United States.

Fallin has been committed to investing in the aviation industry for a long time, Mayor Mick Cornett said. He said the state has made an effort to identify with the best companies in the country.

Cornett visited Boeing employees in Long Beach and in Wichita to answer their questions about moving to Oklahoma City. He said the new jobs were the type of jobs every city wants, and that they are part of a trend of good times for Oklahoma City.

“It seems like if you have good news to announce, you have to stand in line,” Cornett said.

Johnson-Jones said the company is glad to be closer to its customers at the air force base and to have space to grow. She said the new building will be about 80 percent full when all 2,100 positions are filled.

“We hope for future growth. … This is going to be, kind of, our engineering excellence city,” she said.

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