How former GM Plant never became a pox on OKC
When GM announced in 2005 it would close its Oklahoma City plant, the factory could have sat vacant, but city leaders rallied to come up with a plan for the facility.
Eleven years after General Motors closed its Southeast Oklahoma City plant, the sprawling 2.6 million-square-foot facility in southeast Oklahoma City is a hub for aerospace jobs.
Oklahoma County voters agreed in 2006 to borrow $55 million to purchase the old GM plant and lease it back to the Air Force for $1 a year.
More than 1,840 aerospace manufacturing and engineering employees now work in the plant, and the operation still is expanding.
A large chunk of the old GM plant also now is home to a rapidly growing software engineering division at Tinker to meet the new technology demands of the military.