What Manufacturing Means to Broken Arrow

More than 300 manufactures call Broken Arrow home, accounting for more than 7,000 employees in our community. This makes Broken Arrow the 3rd largest manufacturing hub in the state. Manufacturing plays a curtail role in our economy and if you missed it, the City of Broken Arrow officially put out a proclamation naming October National Manufacuring Month.

Manufacturing Month was developed to improve public perception of manufacturing and is supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers nationwide; and it is a national celebration of modern manufacturing designed to inspire the next generation on how they can make a difference through manufacturing, give guidance on how to take first steps in starting a career in modern manufacturing.

Below is a list of the events planned throughout the month to spread awareness in the industry.

  • October 1, 2019: Broken Arrow City Council Proclamation
    • Proclamation by Mayor Thurmond October is Manufacturing Month in Broken Arrow
  • October 4, 2019: Student Tours
    • Broken Arrow High School Students exposed to Manufacturing BAPS high school students will tour OSECO, Baker Hughes and Tulsa Tech in an effort to learn more about careers in manufacturing.
  • October 9, 2019: BA Chamber Monthly Luncheon with guest speaker Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell
    • At this luncheon, we will recognize all the Broken Arrow Emerging Leaders from OK2Grow that were recognized in August.
  • October 11, 2019: BA Freshman Academy: Manufacturing Career Exploration
    • The Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Corporation is partnering with OK2Grow, Dream It Do It Oklahoma, OCAST and the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance (and others) to raise awareness about manufacturing by exposing all 1300 freshman at Broken Arrow Public Schools to careers in manufacturing.  In line the BAPS’s Beyond BA endeavor, professionals from manufacturing will spend one day on campus at the Broken Arrow Freshman academy on October 11 during manufacturing month to talk to students about careers in manufacturing.  More than 40 volunteers from the Broken Arrow manufacturing community will engage students in hands-on activities that exemplify the many career pathways available in manufacturing.

We are looking for manufacturers who are interested in volunteering for this event. To get more information and to sign up please reach out to Darla Heller at [email protected].

  • October 23, 2019: Lunch and Learn Internships and Apprenticeships
    • Attend this Lunch and Learn to understand how registered Apprenticeship is an effective way for businesses to develop a sustainable talent pipeline. Broken Arrow Public Schools and the Broken Arrow Chamber invited Oklahoma Works to share about this important topic.
  • October 28-29, 2019: Oklahoma Manufacturing Summit at NSU Broken Arrow
    • Broken Arrow Chamber is among the many proud sponsors of this event. The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is partnering with the State Chamber of Oklahoma and the State Chamber Research Foundation to host the Oklahoma Manufacturing Summit in October. The dynamic event will highlight economic trends, emerging industries and the importance of innovation along with the adoption of new technologies. It’s all pulled together with networking time and a robust discussion of business opportunities.

If you are interested in getting more information on any of the above events, please contact Darla Heller at [email protected].

“We are extremely grateful on a daily basis that we get to represent, advocate for and assist with Broken Arrow manufacturers as they grow and provide quality jobs for so many of our regional citizens,” stated Jennifer Conway, the President and CEO of the Broken Arrow Chamber and EDC.

Broken Arrow is a great place to grow manufacturing and it has to do with the partnership between the City of Broken Arrow and our Economic Development Corporation. They work hand and hand on areas of development to make sure and provide a quality of life for this workforce that is second to none.

Where the rubber meets the road is through our BA Public Schools superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop, who works hard to make sure this school district is preparing our next generation of workforce through innovation with partnerships with higher ed, career tech and private industries.

Did you know??

  • Broken Arrow manufactures pay nearly $375 million (collectively) in wages/salaries and that their average annual wage is $61,297 (not including benefits).
  • The aviation and energy industries are the city’s two largest manufacturing sectors, and even billionaire Warren Buffett owns a local company. FlightSafety International more than 600 people who engineer and manufacture high-tech flight simulators. L3Harris AMI, Cystar, CSI Aerospace all call Broken Arrow home.
  • As for energy, companies enjoying success these days include Zeeco (employs well over 700), a world leader in the design and manufacture of industrial combustion and pollution control technologies for the petroleum and chemical industries; and Exterran, which is involved in oil and natural gas production, processing, transportation and other related applications.
  • The product produced in Broken Arrow by our manufactures range from OSECO’s pressure relief disc and explosion vents that are custom engineered to protect lives around the globe, to precision micro optics and medical devices designed and produced here at Access Optics. We even have a small employer who designs custom high-tech circuit boards – a company called DaTran Manufacturing.

Broken Arrow is manufacturing, and we are excited to celebrate the positive impact the industry has throughout the month of October. In honor of the month, we will be highlighting manufacturing members on our Broken Arrow Chamber Facebook page. Make sure to check it out and learn more about the amazing companies in our community and the work they are doing.