Dollar Thrifty deal creates uncertainty for Tulsa employees

Local officials to lobby Hertz aggressively to keep as many of Dollar Thrifty's 780 Tulsa-area jobs intact.
by Don Mecoy Modified: August 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm •  Published: August 29, 2012

“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.”

by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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