An aerospace company from Israel on Thursday announced a business relocation and expansion to Tulsa that is expected to add more than 300 jobs to the metro area.
TAT Technologies Ltd., parent company of Tulsa-based Limco Airepair, Inc., said it plans to move its original equipment manufacturing (OEM) of thermal components to Tulsa and enlarge Limco, which focuses on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of thermal components.
TAT, the world’s largest independent manufacturing/repair company of thermal components for the aviation industry, also plans to establish a new global research and development center within its Tulsa campus.
“As we continue to deploy our thermal components strategy, our planned investment in Tulsa will form one of the largest and leading independent thermal components facilities for aerospace and defense industries with full life cycle support to our customers from research and development to design, manufacturing and aftermarket support,” Igal Zamir, TAT’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
The new facility and the planned investments in technologies and human resources will enable TAT to leverage synergies, improve efficiency and provide better value to customers. The company will work with local CareerTech campuses to recruit welders and other necessary technical trades.
Limco Airepair is located at 5304 S. Lawton Ave., just southeast of the Interstate 44/U.S. 75 interchange in west Tulsa.
“I am thrilled to welcome TAT Technologies to Oklahoma,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement.
“Our aerospace sector continues to grow and this announcement is even more exciting as it includes the growth of one of our own — Limco. Oklahoma is a premier location for aerospace operations, and I am proud that TAT has chosen our state for this investment.”
TAT’s customers include companies such as Boeing, Embraer, Collins, Lockheed Martin, Delta and Lufthansa.
“Limco has been a staple of Tulsa’s aerospace and aviation maintenance hub for decades …,” Geoff Camp, state director for aerospace and defense for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, said in statement.
“TAT realized what aerospace and defense companies around the world are noticing; Oklahoma provides them unbeatable business economics, unmatched access to appropriately skilled talent and an extremely supportive environment to operate a successful business. We look forward to supporting their transition and helping them prosper in Tulsa.”
Arthur Jackson is senior vice president of economic development at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
“TAT Technologies’ decision to relocate to Tulsa and Limco’s subsequent expansion are major wins for the Tulsa region and come at a critical time in northeast Oklahoma’s economic recovery,” he said in a statement.
“Limco’s long-standing investment in Tulsa has been integral to the growth and success of our aerospace industry, and we are excited with their decision to bring new investment, high-quality jobs and innovation to northeast Oklahoma …”
Oklahoma lawmakers passed legislation designed to boost the state’s trade opportunities with Israel, state Rep. Mark McBride said.
“I am pleased to see that we are making progress here, further expanding our aerospace presence and increasing foreign direct investment in the state,” he said in a statement.
Products you may not know are made in the Tulsa area
A Specialty Box
A Specialty Box manufactures and distributes high-end gift packaging for confections, cosmetics, jewelry, medical and food industries. Cynthia Calvert-Copeland founded the company, 12437 E. 60th St., in 2000.
Access Optics in Broken Arrow designs, manufactures and assembles lenses for tiny cameras and medical equipment, such as endoscopic devices.
Acme Brick has a manufacturing plant, 4103 Dawson Road, and a sales office, 5130 S. 110th East Ave., in Tulsa. Acme Brick was founded in 1891 and is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. In 2007
it made the world's largest brick (according to Guinness World Records) with materials from every foundry owned by the company.
Allied Motion, 10002 E. 43rd St., designs and manufactures
motion control products for a broad range of industries including health care, aerospace and defense.
Ameristar Fence Products, 1555 N. Mingo Road, makes steel and aluminum fencing and gates for residential, commercial and government use.
A family-owned business,
Anchor Paint was established in Tulsa in 1962. It makes durable protective coatings for industrial, commercial and residential use.
APSCO (or Air Power Systems Co.), 8178 E. 44th St., designs and manufactures pneumatic cylinders, controls and valves to make trucks into garbage trucks, snow plows or heavy-lifting equipment.
Ardagh Glass in Sapulpa makes millions of glass bottles every day. The plant,
which dates back to 1912, was known as Liberty Glass for most of its history but has changed hands several times in recent years.
Arrowhead Precast in Broken Arrow manufactured 200 concrete arched panels that support the land bridges over Riverside Drive at A Gathering Place for Tulsa. Arrowhead also manufactures sound and barrier wall systems along highways, as well as retaining walls, risers, hollow-core floors and double-T beams.
BakerHughes has a number of facilities in the Tulsa area and built a
new Research and Technology Center for submersible pumps at its Centrilift plant in Claremore.
The Bama Cos., headquartered at 2745 E. 11th St., has been making pies since 1937. The business has expanded over the years to include handheld pies, biscuits and pizza crusts for some of the biggest restaurant chains.
In addition to making products such as structural steel, girders and joists,
Bennett Steel Fabrication in Sapulpa has been a strong force in the revitalization of downtown Tulsa. Its projects have included work on ONEOK Field, Guthrie Green and the Mathews Warehouse, which houses the Woody Guthrie Center.
From skids and tubing to measure flow and pressure control to pigging equipment to clean and prolong the life of pipes, Tulsa's
Big Elk Energy Systems specializes in manufacturing for the energy industry.
Brown & Hartman Engraving was founded in 1949 and
initially supplied printing plates for the printing industry, including the Tulsa World. It expanded into awards and engraved recognition items, chemical etchings and silk screening, as well as sand blasting and signage.
CF Industries' manufacturing facility in Verdigris produces enough liquid fertilizer to treat 8 million acres of corn or 16 million acres of wheat each year. The facility has been through several owners throughout the years. The plant was opened in 1975 as Agrico Chemical Co., which was part of Williams Company.
The Crosby Group, 2801 Dawson Road, makes hooks, shackles, crane blocks and other lifting accessories for the oil and gas, construction, mining and industrial sectors. In 2005 the company even
made a device designed by the New York City Fire Department that allows firemen to quickly rappel out of a burning building.
Claude Neon Federal Signs
Claude Neon Federal Signs is known for its neon, but
that's only about 10% of its business. Neon has been surpassed by cheaper and brighter LEDs (light emitting diodes), which use less electricity and are easier to repair.
Daddy Hinkle's Marinade is based on a recipe cowboy-oilman J. Frank Hinkle created in 1942. In the 1990s, his grandsons decided to
package the marinade and sell it. Daddy Hinkle's, which features several flavors, as well as dry rubs, is available at most local grocery stores.
Ebsco Spring Co., 4949 S. 83rd East Ave., makes about 10,000 types of cold-wound springs. They fall into the categories of compression, extension, torsion, wire forms, clock springs and rings. They range in size from a few centimeters to as long as 100 feet.
Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies Tulsa
Enardo was founded in 1933 in Tulsa and
acquired by Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies in 2013. The company, 9932 E. 58th St., manufactures relief valves and vents, hatches and flame arrestors to help a variety of industries meet environmental and safety standards.
Enovation Controls makes engine control systems for natural gas-powered vehicles, power generation and other machinery. The company, founded by Frank W. “Pat” Murphy in 1939, was originally called FW Murphy Co. and was renamed in 2009 after merging with EControls. In 2015, the company unveiled a completely refurbished trailer that was part of the company’s original sales team.
The growth of FinTube Technologies Inc. in west Tulsa has been fueled by customers' need for efficiencies and saving money. An economizer connects to boilers and uses waste heat to preheat water for more efficient steam production. It can be placed in any facility that uses steam boilers — from manufacturing plants and utilities to petrochemical processors, hospitals and universities.
The Galley, created by kitchen designer Roger Shollmier, is a high-end single-tub sink with racks on two tiers. Those racks can be used for cutting boards, bowls and shelves and can be slid back and forth over one another. After winning the StartUp Cup in 2012,
The Galley was purchased by a private equity firm in 2014.
Garden Deva Sculpture
Garden Deva, 317 S. Trenton Ave., was founded more than 20 years ago by artist Lisa Regan and specializes in whimsical metal sculptures that can be seen throughout the Tulsa area at homes, businesses and public facilities.
Gardner Denver makes pumps used in horizontal drilling in its Tulsa facility near 46th Street and Memorial Drive.
GasTech carries out process engineering, design and fabrication for the natural gas, oil production, refining, petrochemical and industrial gas markets.
Glacier Confection has been making high-end chocolates in Tulsa since 2010 and has expanded from
classic flavors such as peanut butter and caramel to exotic profiles including green tea chai and watermelon feta. The company has a location in the Tulsa Arts District, as well as a storefront in Utica Square.
At Gleeful Peacock in Broken Arrow, Nikki Halgren designs and makes whimsical jewelry and accessories with a nostalgic vibe.
Gunnebo Johnson Corp., 1240 N. Harvard Ave., started out in the 1930s as an oil industry equipment maker, but now primarily manufactures equipment for cranes in the construction and energy industries.
Grant Hastings produced
the first Hasty-Bake Charcoal Oven in 1948, and since then, the company has continued to grow in reputation. The charcoal ovens have an adjustable firebox that allows users to grill, bake or smoke their food and are manufactured on-site at 1313 S. Lewis Ave.
Mark Hawley has been designing contemporary furniture in the Pearl District for decades. Hawley, a master woodworker with a degree in product design, builds his own prototypes and custom pieces alongside his production team.
Hawley Design Furnishings at 702 S. Utica Ave. sells its own creations in addition to furniture and accessories from more than 50 manufacturers.
Cheryl Hill, owner and CEO of
Hill Manufacturing, was looking to diversify from the energy and aircraft industries, and the company began to make the Marshall Tree Saw in 2001.
The HollyFrontier refinery in Tulsa, 1700 S. Union Ave., has a crude oil capacity of 125,000 barrels per day and primarily processes sweet crude oils. The refinery also has the capability to process sour crude oils when necessary.
Holly-Frontier has integrated the former Sinclair and Sunoco refineries on the west side of the Arkansas River and operates them as one unit. The refinery also produces jet fuel, asphalt and lubricant.
HydroHoist International in Claremore has been in the business of lifting boats since 1964. New systems have focused on faster and easier to operate controls that can accommodate boats from 1,500 pounds to 120,000 pounds.
IC Bus Plant
The IC Bus Plant, 2322 N. Mingo Road, makes buses in the half-mile-long plant that used to make World War II bombers next to Tulsa International Airport.
IcyBreeze, the portable cooler and air conditioning unit, caught the imagination of judges at the TCC Startup Cup with a third place win in 2013. The company, which has also been featured on the ABC show "Shark Tank," is manufactured in Bixby.
Janeway Machine in Sapulpa is a CNC machine and manufacturing company that makes wing and seat components for the aerospace industry.
Java Dave's began as a coffee service that created and sold gourmet coffee and evolved into a coffee house concept. In addition to its Executive Coffee Service, which now covers four states, Java Dave's licensed locations include fast food restaurants, airports and casinos. In 2016, the company expanded its product line to include
recyclable, iFill cups in several flavors.
John Zink Hamworthy Combustion
John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Co., 11920 E. Apache St.,
makes burners, flares and thermal oxidizers. The manufacturing company, which is owned by a subsidiary of Koch Industries, also has one of the largest flare-testing facilities in the world.
Kimberly-Clark, which sits on the Arkansas River between Jenks and Bixby, makes toilet paper and paper towels under a variety of brand names at its 1.8 million-square-foot plant.
Limco Airepair, 5304 S. Lawton Ave., makes heat exchangers, oil coolers, condensers, fuel heaters and precoolers, as well as parts for the aerospace industry. Limco's work for military and commercial customers is
equal parts manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul, company officials have said.
Linde Engineering North America designs and makes gas-processing units for the petrochemical and liquefied gas industries. The manufacturer
opened an expansion at the Port of Catoosa. The German-based company is also the title sponsor of Tulsa's Oktoberfest celebration.
Since 1957, Lowrance Electronics has helped anglers find fish with its sonar equipment. The company's products have expanded to include GPS equipment and other marine electronics. The
Tulsa-based company merged with Simrad Yachting of Norway in 2006.
Mattsco Supply Co. celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. In addition to distributing industrial and oil field pipe, valve and fittings, the company also offers services such as threading and cutting. The family-owned company moved from west Tulsa to 1111 N. 161st East Ave. in 2012.
McElroy Manufacturing, which has three locations around Tulsa, makes equipment used to join pipes — primarily polyethylene pipe in drinking water delivery, sewer systems and low-press natural-gas applications.
With around 200 employees, McIntosh Corp., 8141 E. 48th St.,
was formed in 2015 as the parent company for McIntosh Mechanical LLC and McIntosh Service LLC. McIntosh Mechanical designs, manufactures and installs HVAC systems, plumbing systems and medical gas systems in hospitals. McIntosh Service offers preventative maintenance and emergency service for existing HVAC, plumbing or industrial piping systems, as well as test and balance programs.
Mesa Products, 4445 S. 74th East Ave., makes cathodic protection systems to prevent corrosion in pipelines, distribution systems, tanks and refineries. The company has been recognized for streamlining manufacturing business, as well as outstanding customer service and employee satisfaction with two Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards.
National Steak & Poultry
National Steak and Poultry Inc., which supplies chicken and beef products to national restaurant chains and frozen food companies, is one of Owasso's largest employers
A Tulsa-based company is the only national brand of the Italian cookies available from coast to coast.
Nonni's Food Co., 3920 E. Pine St., began in 1998 and still uses a family recipe with real eggs, butter and bittersweet chocolate.
NPI, 325 S. Quincy Ave., was founded as Nameplates Inc. in 1973 by Marjorie Conley. The printing and product identification company is on its third generation of family leadership.
Omni Packaging Corp.
Omni Packaging Corp., 12322 E. 55th Place, designs and supplies equipment and material for product protection and presentation. Omni also designs packing machinery.
Oseco makes pressure-relief devices, such as rupture discs, which release the excess pressure in pipes and vessels that can lead to explosions. They are used in a variety of industries, including large chemical plants and refineries.
Founded in 1988,
Paragon Films Inc. in Broken Arrow makes stretch film used for tightly wrapping pallets of products that are delivered to retailers. The wrap keeps dust off the products and prevents them from slipping.
Pelco Structural manufactures light and utility poles.
PepsiCo, the world's second-largest drink maker, manufactures, sells and distributes soft drinks at 510 W. Skelly Drive. The Pepsi plant has been on the west side of the Arkansas River since 1957. PepsiCo bought the Pepsi Bottling Group, which operated the facility, in 2009 to allow it to respond quickly to changing consumer tastes.
More than 50 years ago, POH began on Dr. Robert Jones' dining room table in Tulsa. Based on the teachings of Dr. Charles Bass, Jones created a line of toothbrushes with rounded, polished bristle tips, as well as floss, for maximum personal oral hygiene and began manufacturing them in Tulsa.
Ramsey Winch Co.
Ramsey Winch, 4707 N. Mingo Road, designs and makes winches for the manufacturing and petroleum industries, towing and recovery, as well as off-road and ATV vehicles.
Parent company Ramsey Industries' history stretches back to 1944, when it made parts for Douglas Aircraft.
Road Science develops asphalt additives and emulsifiers, as well as binders, to strengthen and smooth pavement. The asphalt technology company survived the bankruptcy of former parent SemGroup in 2008 and
was purchased by ArrMaz Custom Chemicals in 2011.
Roark Acres Honey Farm
Roark Acres Honey Farm has used its bee hives to
develop a variety of products
ranging from creamed honey and candles to lip balms and lotion bars. It sells the products online, at the Roark Acres Honey House in Jenks and other gift shops.
Ruhrpumpen, 4501 S. 86th East Ave., makes several lines of pumps for various industries, including oil refining, water and wastewater, and power generation.
Rustic Cuff is a Tulsa-based jewelry company that developed a cult following. Owner Jill Donovan's originally started by making the bracelets at her home.
Sawyer Manufacturing Co. has been in the business of manufacturing and designing welding and pipeline equipment since 1948. The company was recognized in 2015 by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Exporter of the Year.
Selco traces its roots to 1935, when CEO Mark Abels’ maternal grandfather, Jack Seligson, opened a jewelry store. A watch division was spun off in 1980, and by 2011, Selco was the only watch dial manufacturer left in the U.S., boasting a workforce of about 30 at 8909 E. 21st St.
Siegi's Sausage Factory
Siegi Sumaruk, a native Austrian, opened his first shop at 81st Street and Harvard Avenue in 1980. Now at 8104 S. Sheridan Road,
the sausage factory also includes a deli with up to 20 sausages made in-house and a restaurant that serves German specialties.
Slim Haney Machining, 5615 N. Mingo Road, is an automatic bar machining business that was started in 1962. It manufactures components for air conditioning units, as well as pieces for electrical, defense and automotive uses.
Southern Safe Rooms makes above-ground reinforced steel storm shelters at its facility just outside of downtown Tulsa. The business is an outgrowth of Southern Sheet Metal Works, a company founded in 1904 and in its fourth generation of family leadership.
Spexton, 1609 E. 15th St., specializes in handcrafted wedding bands and engagement rings made out of materials such as titanium and black zirconium. They have also branched out into
other fashion jewelry made in local machine shops.
Stone Age Manufacturing
Stone Age Manufacturing, which is based in Collinsville,
makes pre-fabricated outdoor fireplace systems, including fire pits, brick ovens and cook island cabinets. Its masonry kits are manufactured from reinforced concrete, are customizable and are designed to work together.
Sulzer Chemtech makes mixers and blenders used in the chemical production and refining industries
at its facility in Sapulpa, which serves as its Western Hemisphere headquarters. The company is a unit of Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sulzer Corp.
Tactical Electronics of Broken Arrow makes camera systems and bomb disposal equipment for law enforcement and military use, and has developed a drone that can be used commercially.
Taylor Industries specializes in oilfield equipment design and manufacturing. The company began with a single rig in 1965, and has since manufactured more than 800 drilling, workover and well-servicing units.
T.D. Williamson Inc. designs and manufactures pipeline equipment at two facilities in Tulsa. The 95-year-old, privately held company specializes in pipeline plugging, cleaning, inspection, hot-tapping and pigging for onshore and offshore facilities.
Thermal Windows Inc.
Thermal Windows Inc., 12805 E. 31st St., custom manufactures energy-efficient windows and sliding glass doors.
Topeca Coffee starts with coffee beans grown on its plantations in El Salvador, which are then shipped to Tulsa to be roasted and packaged and served in its coffee shops. This "seed-to-cup" process allows the company to control the quality of its coffee.
Tulsa World newspapers are printed in downtown Tulsa.
Two Guys Bow Ties
Two Guys Bow Ties, 623 S. Peoria Ave., placed second in the TCC Startup Cup and has been featured on "Shark Tank." The local company makes wooden bow ties and hat brims.
At its plant in Wagoner, Unarco Industries is one of the largest shopping cart manufacturers in the world.
U.S. Pioneer makes
lights and electrical distribution boxes for the Navy. The manufacturing firm has about 20 employees at its 25,000-square-foot plant at 4450 S. 70th East Ave. The company had its start in 1925 in New York manufacturing after-market auto accessories, such as fog lights, but got into Navy contracts in 1936 and moved to Tulsa in 1968.
Collinsville-based Victory Energy began in 1999 and makes boilers for energy and industrial facilities, as well as schools and hospitals. The company also has a 75,000-steam-pounds-per-hour portable boiler mounted to a semi for emergency needs.
Founder and President Erin Edwards began The Vintage Pearl in 2007 to allow her to stay home with her four children. She and her staff specialize in making customizable jewelry, which led to a retail location at 81st Street and Lewis Avenue in 2010. The company is also known for supporting charities, including
Folds of Honor and the Little Light House, and raised money for tornado relief efforts in 2013 with its "Love for Oklahoma" necklace.
Walden's Machine Inc.
Walden's Machine Inc. uses automated machines that cut and shave blocks of metal into intricate aircraft parts with very close tolerances. It is also one of the largest wing and control surface machined rib producer in the world. The 40-year-old machine shop
was acquired in 2006 by Primus International, which then became part of Precision Castparts Corp.'s Aerostructures division.
Webco Industries in Sand Springs supplies metal tubes for a variety of businesses, including energy and chemical companies and power-generation operations. The company opened a
state-of-the-art facility on the site of the former Hissom Memorial Center in 2012.
Zeeco, with a plant in Broken Arrow, designs, engineers and manufactures next-generation combustion equipment and advanced environmental systems. The company marked its
40th anniversary earlier this year.