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Energy-related building projects set to begin as city approves jobs incentives for GE, Baker Hughes

The GE research center is expected to produce at least 128 jobs to Oklahoma City. Baker Hughes expects to create about 475 jobs.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: March 26, 2014 at 11:00 am •  Published: March 27, 2014
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Shaginaw said the development will impact area universities and other companies as GE seeks to collaborate on projects.

“We’re clearly going to have to partner with outside entities, universities and other companies for their labs and expertise,” Shaginaw said.

Shawn Carter, tax policy director with Baker-Hughes, said he also expects construction to begin this spring on a new manufacturing complex in northwest Oklahoma City.

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.

Carter said the jobs in Oklahoma City will include relocation of some positions that are at oversees operations.

“Right now we can’t produce enough at our other sites. Our expectation is we will turn this into a 24/7 shop,” Carter said.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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