Tulsa’s business community is thriving, and though all industries are growing, Tulsa’s Future identified target industries that are highly concentrated with the greatest growth and job creation potential. Each is vital to the region’s economic stability and development to grow.
Why Identify Target Industries?
Businesses in cluster sectors share common labor pools, infrastructure and other resources while reducing costs through proximity to upstream (suppliers) and downstream (buyers) linkages. Click on each target to view a printable brochure with more information. Click here for a complete summary of all of the target industries.
Many of the nation’s largest manufacturers have made Tulsa home for their growing operations. Manufacturing employs more than 22,000 workers in the region, making it a cornerstone of our economy.
Sofidel Group, an Italian manufacturer of tissue paper, invested $360 million in a 1.8-million-square-foot plant in Inola. Greenheck Group recently completed phase one of its $100 million Tulsa campus, which will employ 600 people after the completion of phase two. Whirlpool, a long-time investor in the region, further expanded its operations with a $55 million capital investment that created 150 jobs.
Aerospace and Defense
Tulsa has a rich history of aerospace innovation, and our aerospace industry continues to grow. A recent Oklahoma Aviation and Aerospace Economic Impact Study found that the aviation and aerospace industries have an annual economic impact of $11.7 billion. American Airlines’ Tulsa maintenance base is the largest of its kind in the world, and three of the region’s largest employers include industry leaders NORDAM, Spirit AeroSystems and Broken Arrow’s BizJet.
Once known as the “Oil Capital of the World,” Tulsa has a rich history in the energy sector. The industry continues to be a staple in the regional economy, employing thousands of people. Several well-known energy companies have significant operations in the region, including Williams and ONEOK in Tulsa and Baker Hughes in Claremore.
Regional HQ, Professional Services and IT
Northeast Oklahoma is home to a number of corporate headquarters, including BOK Financial, QuikTrip and CymSTAR, which recently added 100 jobs in Broken Arrow. Ingredion, a leading global ingredients solutions company, recently chose Tulsa as the location for its shared service center. Numerous accounting, engineering, architecture, insurance and finance companies call the Tulsa region home as well.
Transportation and Logistics
Northeast Oklahoma’s central location makes access to most parts of the country cost effective and timely, which is why major companies locate key distribution centers here. Macy’s Owasso fulfillment center is the largest of its kind in the company’s network. Amazon will open a 2.6-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Tulsa that will employ 1,500 people.