Company to add jobs, receive state incentives
Kansas-based Lansing Trade Group is the first company to qualify for and take advantage of Oklahoma’s 21st Century Quality Jobs program, an incentive expanded in 2009 to attract growth industries and sectors through a policy of rewarding businesses with a highly skilled, knowledge-based workforce.
Lansing, a trading company largely focused on the movement of physical commodities, formed a natural gas liquids trading group in Tulsa under the name Lansing NGL Services. The company anticipates creating 18 new jobs in the areas of management, trading, operations and back office.
Tulsa Metro Chamber’s economic development division assisted Lansing with the Quality Jobs application process and collaborated with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to bring the project to Tulsa.
“The Tulsa Chamber is committing to assisting companies in bringing impactful, high-wage jobs to our region,” said Mike Neal, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “We welcome Lansing to the Tulsa market and look forward to further helping them grow their operations here in the future.”
As a 21st Century enrollee, Lansing is eligible to receive a cash rebate of up to 10 percent of the new taxable payroll it adds to the state. For the company to qualify for the state incentive package, the average wage of the jobs created must be at least $94,418.
“Lansing Trade Group is exactly the kind of knowledge-based corporation for which the incentive was designed,” said Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Natalie Shirley. “Lansing will create high-paying, 21st Century jobs for Tulsa. By attracting companies such as Lansing, we are building a foundation for economic growth that will benefit Oklahomans today and well into the future.”
Larry Payne, who recently joined Lansing Trade Group, will serve as president of the new natural gas liquids segment of the company and its Tulsa operation.
“Lansing’s commitment to growth in commodities trading through entering new markets, service to new and existing customers and investments in infrastructure make it an exciting company with which to be associated,” Payne said. “[Lansing] cultivates an entrepreneurial environment within which we can jointly grow this business.”
Lansing Trade Group has eight U.S. locations as well as international offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Chatham, Ontario.
Tulsa Metro Chamber actively worked in 2009 to retain the Quality Jobs Act through Senate Bill 909. The legislation allows Oklahoma to be more competitive in attracting and retaining jobs, and the Chamber considers the incentives to be a worthwhile investment in the region’s economic development.
Flight simulator manufacturer expands in Broken Arrow
FlightSafety International broke ground last week on a new facility in Broken Arrow with the assistance of city incentives, including a $1 annual 99-year lease and $6.6 million in infrastructure improvements. The company is constructing a $42 million, 350,000-square-foot plant on a 17-acre site to combine under one roof operations currently housed in four buildings. Operations are expected to grow from 675 employees today to 1,000 in the next few years.
“The aerospace industry in Oklahoma is one of the state’s largest and most important business sectors,” said Jonna Kirschner, deputy director of commerce, at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We are excited to see FlightSafety realize the opportunity for growth in Oklahoma.”
FlightSafety operates the world's largest fleet of advanced flight simulators, has its headquarters in New York and is a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. of Omaha, Neb.
“A company of FlightSafety’s significance, employing hundreds at above-average wages, makes a measurable impact for our region,” said Mike Neal, Tulsa Metro Chamber president and CEO. “Any time we are growing these types of jobs and a company chooses to expand here, it’s a win for the Tulsa metro area.”
Chamber offices closed for holiday
The Tulsa Metro Chamber offices are closed today, Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, July 4.
We will resume our regular office hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6.
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What we’re working on:• Putting the final touches on convention services in hosting NACAA at the Tulsa Convention Center July 7-17.
• Event wrap-up from the AAU Track & Field Qualifying Meet.
• Securing accommodations at local hotels for ABA/BMX athletes and spectators arriving this fall.
• Assisting with Kick It 3x3 Soccer tournament preparations.
• Securing sponsors and teams for the upcoming TSC Golf Tournament Fundraiser on July 28.
• Selling the benefits of Chamber membership to local businesses.
• Acquiring letters of commitment and valuation from partners for the EDA i6 grant application.
• Conducting task force meetings to discuss opportunities and challenges for three of Tulsa’s target industries.
• Planning curriculum for upcoming small business forums.
• Completing content for the 2010 Entrepreneurs Guide publication.
• Judging the TYPros Next/Now Art Show entries.
• Beginning planning for the second annual TYPros Green Gala.
• Meeting with a steering committee to develop strategies for increasing Tulsa’s college graduates by one percentage point.
• Recruiting advisers and signing charter for the Career Access College Readiness Project.
• Implementing marketing plan for launching a redesigned Let’s Do Business program website.
• Completing and sending an economic development e-newsletter to site consultants around the U.S.
• Producing marketing materials for feasibility meetings for the Tulsa’s Future II campaign.
Chamber welcomes new businessesEach month the Tulsa Metro Chamber's Hospitality Club welcomes new businesses and new Chamber members to the community by assisting with ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking announcements.
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Tulsa, OK 74103
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