Above: A look inside Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s Lawson, Oklahoma facility. Image courtesy of Oklahoma Department of Commerce
With its low business costs and abundant natural resources, Oklahoma has drawn a diverse set of manufacturers to its borders, with strongholds in industrial machinery, food processing, aeronautics and more. This article will explore the latest data on Oklahoma manufacturers and share some essential insights provided by the state’s top industrial companies.
Tulsa is Oklahoma’s largest city based on number of manufacturing jobs, with 37,814 workers, reports MNI. This is followed by Oklahoma City with 31,484 workers.
Other top cities in Oklahoma include
• Broken Arrow (5,470 jobs)
• Lawton (3,658 jobs)
• Muskogee: (3,511 jobs)
• Norman (3,194 jobs)
The industrial machinery and equipment sector is Oklahoma’ largest in terms of employment, accounting for 22% of the state’s industrial workforce. This is followed by the fabricated metals equipment industry with 15% and the food processing sector with 12%. Transportation equipment accounts for 9% of Oklahoma’s industrial employment, while rubber and miscellaneous plastics account for 7%.
MNI reports there are 16,700 executive contacts among Oklahoma’s manufacturing companies, including 2,041 presidents, 1,709 owners and partners; 1,212 vice-presidents and 1,343 sales, marketing and purchasing executives (information on all of these executives is available to IndustrySelect subscribers).
Other facts to know about Oklahoma manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of Oklahoma manufacturers are women-owned
• 1% are minority-owned
• 14% are publicly owned companies
• 11% import raw materials
• 28% distribute their products internationally.
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|Seaboard Foods, LLC||10,000||Guymon||OK|
|The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.||4,000||Lawton||OK|
|Michelin North America, Inc.||2,500||Ardmore||OK|
|Tyson Foods, Inc.||2,500||Broken Bow||OK|
|McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (MCAAP)||2,300||McAlester||OK|
|Southwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc.||1,800||Oklahoma City||OK|
|Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.||1,600||Tulsa||OK|
|Precision Parts & Remanufacturing Co.||1,600||Oklahoma City||OK|
|Johnson Controls, Inc.||1,500||Norman||OK|
Seaboard Foods (Guymon, OK)
Seaboard Foods is a leading pork producer that has been building a uniquely connected food system since the early 1990s, linking each step of the process from before the farm to beyond the fork. The company strives for the highest levels of innovation, continuous improvement, and quality in everything it does. Seaboard Foods employs 10,000 people in Guymon, operating out of a 600,000 square-foot facility.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber (Lawton, OK)
Operating out of if a massive 2.5 million square-foot facility in the city of Lawton, this Goodyear Tire & Rubber manufacturing location is a major producer of tires. Since its establishment in 1979, Goodyear has continued to invest in the facility, spending more than $1 billion, including a recent expansion in 2021. Employing 4,000 Oklahoma workers, it is the state’s second largest industrial employer.
Michelin North America (Ardmore, OK)
Michelin North America is a company dedicated to improving the mobility of people and goods by manufacturing and marketing high-quality tires for different vehicles. This Michelin location encompasses 1.2 million square feet and employs 2,500.
Tyson Foods (Broken Bow, OK)
Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork. The company produces an array of protein-based and prepared food products which are marketed under the Powered by Tyson strategy.
McAlester Army Ammunition Plant (McAlester, OK)
McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is a government-owned facility that produces conventional munitions for the U.S. Army. The plant has been operational since 1943.
AAON Inc. (Tulsa, OK)
AAON Inc. is a leading manufacturer of heating and cooling products for commercial and industrial use. The company offers rooftop units, chillers, air handling units (AHUs), makeup air units (MAUs), energy recovery units (ERUs), condensing units (CUs), geothermal/water-source heat pumps (GSHPs), self-contained units (SCUs), coils and controls. This facility encompasses 410,000 square feet and employs 1,900.
Southwest Coca-Cola Bottling (Oklahoma City)
Southwest Coca-Cola Bottling is a family-owned business that has been producing Coca-Cola products since 1902. The company operates this 160,000 square-foot bottling plant in Oklahoma City, which employs 1,800.
Spirit Aerosystems (Tulsa)
Spirit Aerosystems is one of the world’s largest independent producers of commercial aerostructures for commercial airplanes such as fuselages, pylons and wing components. Operating out of a 2 million square-foot facility in Tulsa, this location employs 1,600.
Precision Parts & Remanufacturing Co. (Oklahoma City)
Precision Parts & Remanufacturing Co. specializes in remanufacturing engines for cars and trucks. The plant encompasses 48,000 square feet and employs 1,600.
Johnson Controls (Norman)
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. This location produces heating and air conditioning systems, operating out of a 670,000 square foot facility.
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