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April 29, 2014

Commander Aircraft Corp. to occupy 2 Westheimer hangars

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“Commander will be doing business globally as well as domestically, and having them in Norman presents opportunities to attract other global companies to our city.”

Commander Aircraft is returning to Oklahoma under new leadership.

“Commander Aircraft was born in Oklahoma, and our focus has always been to get back to the state where Commander was well known and respected,” General Manger Bouri Mao said. “We are pleased to team up with the University of Oklahoma and look forward to manufacturing our airplane in Norman.

Oklahoma’s commercial aviation industry contributes an estimated $12.4 billion the state’s economy, according to a report issued in 2011 by Anautics Inc.

Research credits aerospace with providing more than 72,000 jobs in Oklahoma, with wages above the state average, and approximately 145,000 total jobs directly, indirectly and induced.

“The average wage is recorded at $55,000, which is almost double the state average,” Anautics said in the report funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Oklahoma Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development.

Commander is expected to be a good fit with Westheimer and the Norman community.

“We appreciate the University of Oklahoma working with us to make these facilities available,” Wood said. “Without that, this project would not have come to Norman.”

Joy Hampton

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jhampton@

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