Small staff in city
Rolls-Royce currently has a small technical staff in the city working with the base on other engine projects. Company spokesman George McLaren said he could not estimate how many people would be employed during the contract, or whether the company may end up operating the plant once it is completed.
Kevin O'Connor, vice director of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, said the contract with Rolls-Royce demonstrates Tinker's competitiveness in military maintenance repair and overhaul.
“We have a very professional workforce and a demonstrated success of maintaining a variety of engines — we look forward to bringing our competencies to this partnership,” O'Connor said. “We believe this will be the beginning of a great relationship with Rolls-Royce and we look forward to even more partnership opportunities in the future.”