State and local leaders joined Boeing on Friday to dedicate the aerospace manufacturer’s new 300,000-square-foot laboratory at its headquarters adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
The $80 million dollar facility will house 800 employees who will design, test and apply modernization technologies needed to sustain and support Boeing’s legacy aircraft, including the B-52, C-17 and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft.
“It’s where our ideas will develop into the breakthroughs that will drive success in our second century,” said Ed Dolanski, president of Boeing’s Global Services and Support Division.
Boeing executives and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) pointed to the state’s aerospace engineers tax credit for supporting the expansion and boosting the growth of the aerospace industry in Oklahoma, reported the Oklahoman.
The tax incentive offers qualified engineers up to $5,000 in tax credits for up to five years, and also provides tax credits for their employers. The state enacted the credit to attract engineers and keep engineering graduates in Oklahoma.
“There was some discussion even this year about whether we should keep the aerospace tax credit, and many of us fought hard to keep it here, and I know it made a difference in attracting so many of the different divisions of Boeing to Oklahoma, and other companies too,” Fallin said.
Boeing has added 600 new jobs in Oklahoma City since breaking ground on the laboratory last summer. The 10-county Oklahoma City region has more 36,000 people employed in aerospace, including personnel at Tinker. The industry is the second largest in the state.