Manufacturing Month Celebrated in October in B.A.

More than 300 manufacturers call Broken Arrow home, accounting for more than 7,000 employees in the community. This makes Broken Arrow the third largest manufacturing hub in the state and in recognition the City of Broken Arrow officially put out a proclamation naming October of 2020 Manufacturing Month. This celebration highlights the economic impact manufacturing has on the local and state economy while also promoting the industry by hosting career awareness events with Broken Arrow Public Schools. The Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation closed out the month-long celebration by helping Tulsa Tech unveil its new manufacturing facility at the Broken Arrow Campus. 
“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. 
Tulsa Tech’s Broken Arrow Campus is the hub of manufacturing training programs. The campus is home to high school and adult programs offering industry certifications for CNC machining, drafting and mechatronics. The newly remodeled machining lab is part of a more than 125 thousand square foot renovation of the original Broken Arrow campus built in 1983. In total, the machining lab’s size is more than 18,000 square feet. 
“Broken Arrow employers need skilled employees who have work experience and who can demonstrate their training. Programs at Tulsa Tech’s BA campus are answering the need for our city and our region,” said Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond. 
“The newly-renovated classrooms and labs for these programs are critical to our mission of educating people for success in the workplace,” Dr. Steve Tiger, Tulsa Tech Superintendent and CEO said. “Once completed, a world-class advanced manufacturing facility will create a hub for training, ensuring quality employees for industry partners throughout the region.” 
Broken Arrow manufactures pay nearly $375 million (collectively) in wages/salaries and their average annual wage is $61,297 (not including benefits). The aviation and energy industries are the city of Broken Arrow’s two largest manufacturing sectors. 
Aerospace manufacturing companies in Broken Arrow include FlightSafety International that employs more than 600 people who engineer and manufacture high-tech flight simulators. L3Harris – AMI Instruments, Cymstar, and CSI Aerospace all call Broken Arrow home. 
Within the energy sector, Zeeco has found success and a home in Broken Arrow. Zeeco, an employer of over 700, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of industrial combustion and pollution control technologies for the petroleum and chemical industries. Exterran, also based in Broken Arrow, specializes in oil and natural gas production, processing, transportation, and other related applications among many others. 
The products made in Broken Arrow 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 at Access Optics. 
Tulsa Tech’s facility unveiling will be a private event in order to ensure visitors are safely able to follow all social distancing measures while they get a firsthand look into how Tulsa Tech continues to develop quality employees for the manufacturing industry.