Helping Aerospace Companies Get More Contracts

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is planning a third webinar touting a statewide program aimed at helping aerospace companies in Oklahoma win contracts with the Department ot Defense. The “did you know?” webinar will be held at 10 a.m. on June 23 in an attempt to generate awareness for the Center for Aerospace and Defense Supplier Quality, a program run by the State Aeronautics Commission.

Under the program, industry procurement experts are provided to aerospace firms in that state that want to do business with the DoD or its prime contractors such as Boeing and Pratt and Whitney. The services are free of charge.

“Aerospace and defense is one of the state’s top economic engines and is responsible for more than 120,000 jobs across the state,” said Vic Bird, Director of Aeronautics. “With annual sales reaching about $27 billion here and abroad, it’s easy to see why the aerospace industry is our state’s top export.” Bird said Oklahoma aerospace businesses export nearly $500 million in products and services a year.

The Center was created after officials realized that only 10 percent of the $6 billion in government contracts outsourced every year by Tinker Air Force Bse stayed in Oklahoma. Since 2007 when the Center started operating, it has helped more than 150 aerospace companies better compete for the contracts.

One recent study contends the Center has brought in $72 million in new business to Oklahoma and generated $237 million in economic activity since it was created. It is credited with creating or keeping more than 2,000 jobs throughout the state.