Chamber-assisted companies announced 7,378 jobs in 2018
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber saw a successful year in 2018 as it continued to pursue economic development opportunities for the region. In 2018, the Chamber worked on 122 successful economic development projects with 7,378 announced jobs and more than $495 million in capital investment in the Greater Oklahoma City region.
“Oklahoma City is seeing increased momentum in its economic development efforts, as evidenced by the significant number of jobs announced this year by both new and existing companies,” said Jeff Seymour, executive vice president for economic development at the Chamber. “Oklahoma City exemplifies that companies want to locate and grow in communities that invest in their own quality of life.”
The average wage for announced positions is $47,360, with more than $349 million in payroll. These new jobs represent both new companies and the growth of existing businesses. Several companies also announced job growth of more than 100 positions during some portion of 2018.
CACI International Inc., a company that provides cyber-security and information services to intelligence, defense and federal civilian customers, centralized some of its business operations in Oklahoma City by opening a shared services center. The center is expected to employ 550 people when fully staffed.
Oklahoma City was also announced as the location for the state’s first Amazon fulfillment center, a 600,000-square-foot facility that will create more than 1,500 full-time jobs by the end of 2019. Employees at the fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers.
In addition to announcing the creation of more than 100 new jobs, Heartland, global headquarters of parent company Global Payments, started construction on its new headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City. The company will expand its workforce by 375, and its new 100,000-square-foot building in Automobile Alley will help support that growth. Other companies announcing more than 100 jobs are Del Real Foods, SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions, Rural Sourcing Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton, Halliburton Energy Services, American Fidelity Assurance Company, Dell Technologies and TriCorps Technologies.
Retail growth in 2018
In addition to recruiting destination retail to Oklahoma City, the Chamber also welcomed several new names to the market in 2018. Duluth Trading Company, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Flix Brewhouse, Life Time Fitness at Quail Springs Mall, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Costco, Sur La Table, The Container Store and REI all announced or opened Oklahoma City locations during the calendar year.