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Why Oklahoma?

Top business executives share their reasons for choosing the Sooner State.

It’s no secret that Oklahoma is a state with many advantages. With its low cost of living and pro-business climate, making a case not to locate there is a tough one. Nonetheless, we rounded up a few of the state’s top executives and picked their brains on why they chose to do business Oklahoma.

Borui Mao, General Manager, Commander Aircraft
“Commander Aircraft was born in Oklahoma, and our focus has always been to get back to the state where Commander was well known and respected. We are pleased to team up with the University of Oklahoma and look forward to manufacturing our airplane in Norman.”

Shaun Banner, Plant Manager, Cardinal FG
“After considerable study and work on several locations, Durant, Oklahoma became the clear choice. The support and willingness to work with Cardinal to accommodate all our needs was just very persuasive. Not only was the physical location a very good fit but it presented a good cost value. As with any decision to locate a major industry people play a big part. Durant had great people to work with and offered up a good workforce to choose from.”

Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO, GE Oil & Gas
“GE is committed to leading the unconventional resource revolution, and technology is the core of how we will win in this space. Through increased R&D investment, the creation of tech hubs, like Oklahoma City and Rio de Janeiro, and new partnership models, we are getting closer to our customers and bringing best-in-class technologies to market quicker. This approach is helping
our customers be more efficient and productive and delivering growth for GE.”

Scott Nelson, Assistant Vice President for Real Estate, Hobby Lobby
“We value all of our employees in Oklahoma City and beyond, and one of the constants throughout our 45 years of growth has been our outstanding employees. Our goal is to serve the needs of our customers at the highest level and that quality is prevalent in all of our employees in Oklahoma and across the country.”

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