WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), co-chair of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, attended the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisc. over the weekend to encourage aviation and aerospace companies to bring their operations to Oklahoma.
“Companies are beginning to capitalize on the business-friendly environment that we have created in Oklahoma,” said Inhofe. “Oklahoma has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country because we understand what it takes to maintain an environment friendly to job creation by keeping government and red-tape to a minimum. When you match those benefits with the vast aviation infrastructure and open airfields in Oklahoma, it incentivizes the aviation industry to open, operate, and expand in Oklahoma.”
Sen. Inhofe and Enid have been promoting the Woodring Regional Airport as an airfield for Delta Hawk Diesel Engines to manufacture its low-cost diesel conversion kits for aircrafts. Delta Hawk is currently located in Racine, Wisc. but Sen. Inhofe and Enid hope they will soon bring their manufacturing jobs to Oklahoma.
Executive Director of the Enid Regional Development Alliance Brent Kisling added, "There is no way to make a bigger impact at the world's largest general aviation fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin than with Senator Jim Inhofe. He is highly revered in the aviation industry, and we appreciate his willingness to use his influence to help us bring jobs to Enid."
In addition to Enid, the cities of Alva, Ada, Guymon, Tonkawa and Blackwell also attended the annual airshow to meet with companies and to advertise their communities to the aviation and aerospace industries.