Boeing breaks ground on new facility in Oklahoma City

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Boeing on Wednesday (July 29) broke ground on a new 290,000 square-foot facility in Oklahoma City that will house 800 employees.

The new structure, the third in Boeing’s existing campus, will open in summer 2016 and house employees working in engineering, research and development laboratories, and some support staff, according to a press release from the office of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

Global Services & Support (GS&S) President Leanne Caret said at the groundbreaking that the headquarters for GS&S’ Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment (AM&S) division would move to Oklahoma City in the months ahead. This decision transfers approximately a dozen senior management positions to Oklahoma City and reflects the site’s importance to the company.

“We see a bright horizon for the aircraft sustainment business because of the highly trained and motivated workforce we have in Oklahoma City,” Caret noted in the statement. “Expanding our presence and bringing AM&S headquarters here continues a trend of combining Oklahoma’s home-grown talent with the best of the enterprise to support some of our customers’ most critical missions.”

Aircraft modernization and sustainment provides support and modernization services for U.S. and coalition lift, executive transport, airborne refueling, airborne command and control, and global strike capabilities. This includes commercial derivative aircraft, airborne early warning and control platforms, C-17 Globemaster III maintenance, tanker maintenance and support, and bomber/weapons modernization and logistics.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses. Based in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide.