By BOB LEWIS
Northeast Oklahoma received an early Christmas present with Broken Arrow-based CymSTAR LLC announcing it is adding 80-plus new aerospace jobs over the next three years.
This bit of good news was presented by the aerospace company at a Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation (BAEDC) – hosted media event on Nov. 23.
President and CEO Dan Marticello, who assumed his position in 2018 after retiring as a colonial in the United States Air Force with more than 26 years of service, said CymSTAR has recently been awarded multiple training system contracts in support of C-5M, E-4B and A-10 aircraft weapon systems. With them comes the need for the new positions.
He said the immediate priority is to add 7-10 software and electrical engineers, in both entry level and senior grades. Pay scales range from $60,000 to $110,000 a year.
Headquartered in Broken Arrow with production facilities in Tulsa, CymSTAR specializes in the engineering design, manufacture, delivery and certification of new and upgraded training devices for the U.S. armed forces. According to its website, the firm is a HUBZone certified and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business established in 2003.
Sister company CymSTAR Services LLC is a SDVOSB established in 2007 to provide a wide range of training systems management and support services to the military. CymSTAR LLC provides engineering reach-back and surge capability support. The two operations share the same management, finances, accounting, human resources, and internal processes.
BA Economic Development Corporation Vice President Darla Heller noted, “The trying times now being faced make this announcement even more important for Broken Arrow and our region. We are excited to assist CymSTAR in identifying the necessary talent to continue the upward trajectory of this company and our community.”
The role of the BAEDC is to connect businesses and organizations with guides and resources for success. Partnerships with local organizations and businesses have resulted in thousands of new jobs, capital investments that have expanded and improved the community’s business climate, she said.
According to the State Chamber of Oklahoma, the aerospace industry has more than 120,000 employees statewide putting Oklahoma in the top 20 in the country. It accounts for $27 billion a year in sales and an additional $19 billion annually in exports and ranks just below petroleum in terms of economic impact in the state.
About Daniel Marticello: Daniel Marticello, the President and CEO of CymSTAR LLC, served more than 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired in the grade of colonel in 2018. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Air Force’s Program Manager for the new $39 billion Air Force One (VC-25B) procurement and modification program. Prior to his final assignment, Marticelllo led the Air Force Material Command’s Simulators Division for three years where he led a team of 430 personnel executing a $1.9 billion budget across 52 training system programs.
Marticello is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, the US Air Force Test Pilot School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in Afghanistan as part of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A). His military decorations include the Legion of Merit (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Bronze Star.
By BOB LEWIS