“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.