Quality Jobs Act changes could help Tinker add jobs

The state Legislature is working on modifications to the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Act that are expected to bring a new aircraft maintenance facility and more than 1,300 new jobs to Oklahoma City’s Tinker Air Force Base, officials confirmed Tuesday.
by Randy Ellis Published: April 29, 2014
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The state Legislature is working on modifications to the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Act that are expected to bring a new aircraft maintenance facility and more than 1,300 new jobs to Oklahoma’s Tinker Air Force Base, officials confirmed Tuesday.

The Air Force is planning to add the jobs at Tinker Air Force Base, starting in 2018, to perform maintenance work on the new KC-46A airplane, said state Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville. The KC-46A is the Air Force’s next generation aerial refueling tanker.

Roy Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, confirmed that an agreement has been reached to locate the new maintenance facility at Tinker and said officials are working out financing details to acquire land for the facility.

“The plan is for that to be here and the plan is for us to make this deal happen,” he said. “We have assured the Air Force we’re going to do everything we can to make this happen, and they’ve assured us this goes to Oklahoma City. And it’s a $500 million construction project. It involves the construction of over a dozen hangars. It is huge.”

The facility is expected to create 1,321 new jobs with an average wage of $62,000, according to information provided to Sears.

Construction probably would begin in late 2015, Williams said.

The new maintenance facility would take up only about half of the land Tinker is seeking to acquire and the rest of the property could be used for expansion, Williams said. The Air Force currently is evaluating whether to bring an additional 2,000 jobs to Tinker, lawmakers were told.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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We have assured the Air Force we’re going to do everything we can to make this happen, and they’ve assured us this goes to Oklahoma City. And it’s a $500 million construction project. It involves the construction of over a dozen hangars. It is huge.”

Roy Williams,
President and chief executive officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

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