WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) met today with Major General Loren M. Reno, Commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. Senator Inhofe praised Reno and the men and women of Tinker Air Force base for their ongoing commitment to serving our nation. In addition, Senator Inhofe welcomed recent news of the announcement of new contracts being awarded at the base.
"I have long said that investing in Tinker Air Force Base is an investment in Oklahoma's future, and I was pleased to meet today with Maj Gen Loren M. Reno to discuss the latest news of positive developments for Tinker," Senator Inhofe said. "Tinker is the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma and plays a major role not only in our national defense, but also our state's economy.
"Yesterday's approval by the Oklahoma County commissioners of the bond to purchase the abandoned General Motors Plant for use by Tinker brings us one step closer to undertaking this important project. The re-use of the plant will give Tinker flexibility to accommodate new military work, leverage new processes and create partnerships with private sector suppliers. Furthermore, several grants for construction and performance of manufacturing at Tinker Air Force Base were announced this week. These contracts will boost operations for the base and enhance their national security missions," Inhofe said.
In the meeting, Maj. Gen. Reno thanked Senator Inhofe for his continued support of Tinker and its missions, as well as his strong support for the Tinker community.
"I am extremely proud to lead the fine men and women of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center and Tinker Air Force Base. I believe that Tinker and the Oklahoma City community are a fine example of how military installations and communities should support one another. I was pleased to be able to meet today with Senator Inhofe to discuss the progress that is being made at the base as well as priorities for the future, and I thanked him for his continued support."
Tinker employs more than 26,000 military service members and civilians and is the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma. On June 5, 2008, Benham Constructors of Oklahoma City was awarded a $31,379,729 firm-fixed price contract for the design and construction of a consolidated fuel, overhaul, repair and test facility. The work will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base and to be completed by April 30, 2010. Additionally, CFM International of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a firm fixed price contract for $22,627,440 to manufacture 44 F108 Turbine Rotors at Tinker.
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Oklahoma County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously authorized issuing up to $71.5 million in bonds for the purchase of the abandoned General Motors plant. What's at stake: Issuing bonds to pay for a taxpayer-funded purchase of the abandoned General Motors plant, which the county will then lease to Tinker Air Force Base. What happened: Oklahoma County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously authorized issuing up to $71.5 million in bonds for the GM plant purchase, county court-house renovations and county flood control improvements. The projects were approved in a bond issue election last month. Commissioners also named five people to an advisory board that will oversee spending of the bond money. What's next: District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn said the county will only issue $61.5 million in bonds because the state recently agreed to contribute $10 million to the GM plant purchase. Officials have arranged to buy the plant from GM for $55 million, and Tinker will get access to the plant immediately after the purchase closes in September.
Last-minute bill helps fund OKC General Motors plant purchase
by: The Associated Press 6/9/2008 12:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A bill approved as the legislative session was coming to an end will provide $6 million to help Oklahoma County buy the old General Motors plant for lease to Tinker Air Force Base. The state will also use a state job development fund to provide another $4 million for the purchase. The $10 million in state money will be added to $45 million the county will generate through a voter-approved bond sale to pay for the abandoned plant. The county had been prepared to provide $55 million through the bond program. "I felt all along when I started on this way back last summer that this was critically important not only to Oklahoma County, but to all of Oklahoma," State Treasurer Scott Meacham said. The state's contribution will lower a planned Oklahoma County property tax increase by $1.84 a year for a $100,000 home. The $10 million from the state comes after Oklahoma County voters approved a bond issue that will generate $55 million to buy the abandoned plant. Only $45 million will be needed now...Last summer, Meacham and state officials were involved in the negotiations with GM to buy the plant. The state always intended to contribute money to the purchase, but the struggles that came with a lean budget year meant a deal couldn't be finalized until the end of the legislative session, Meacham said. "Our commitment all along to the county was that the state would play a role in this if we could get the support in the Legislature," Meacham said. The plant will be called Tinker Aerospace Complex, and the U.S. Air Force has announced it is prepared to spend $100 million to get the plant ready for many of the base operations that will be moved there. Proponents of purchasing the plant say it will help make Tinker more efficient and could help protect Tinker from future rounds of base closures or downsizing.