“We are also excited to welcome Dollar Thrifty's employees to our team,” Frissora said.
The Tulsa Metro Chamber said Dollar Thrifty provides $100 million in payroll to its local employees and in local services outsourced. These direct jobs also support an additional 2,755 indirect jobs in the region, the chamber said.
Fram said Tulsa has been the “center of the universe of the auto rental business” with a population of experienced people who understand the industry.
The state and the city also may be able to offer incentives to Hertz to keep jobs in Tulsa, Fram said.
Dollar Thrifty CEO Scott Thompson, in an email to employees, said some jobs will be lost but offered no further details.
Tulsa also will be losing the headquarters of a company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange.
But Fram said he and others won't give up without a fight: “If out of those 780 employees, we keep 750 of those jobs here, we're going to chalk that up as a win.”