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Oklahoma Department of Commerce - State of Success

FDI & International Location

A worldwide pathway to profit

Centrally located and accessible by air, rail, road, and water with the most inland ice-free ports in the U.S.


British manufacturer Centek Group chose Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as the location of its North American headquarters. Find out more about Centek’s growth in our state of success.

Centrally Located

and equidistant between New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto and Mexico City

88 Million People

within a 500 mile radius, including the fast-growing I-35 corridor between Oklahoma City and Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan areas.

3 Inland Ports

including one of the largest, most inland, ice-free river ports in the U.S. with access to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa sends and receives more than 2.2 million tons of cargo each year by barge, rail and truck.

3 Intersecting Interstate Highways

offering access to every corner of the country.

“Oklahoma has a very pro-business attitude. The state and local governments are very focused on supporting job creation and economic development. There is also a world-class technical training system with locations all across the state.”
— John Carnuccio, President & COO, Centek

Taxes & Cost of Doing Business

Oklahoma’s corporate and personal taxes are some of the lowest in the nation. Operating costs are dramatically lower than coastal locations like New York or California. The relative value of $100 has a real purchasing power of $111.23 in Oklahoma, but only $86.66 in New York and $88.57 according to an analysis of average prices of similar goods by the Tax Foundation.


The state’s workforce services ensure a pipeline of talent for your business. Oklahoma’s renowned career training system known as CareerTech is able to respond quickly to the needs of industry with customized apprenticeship programs.

Regulatory Environment

The Oklahoma Team streamlines environmental permitting for your project. You will be assigned a single representative from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Your Customer Assistance Program (CAP) representative will assist with determining all permits needed to operate and construct your new facility.

Permitting for air, storm water, wastewater, public water supply, and RCRA are delegated from the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to our state’s DEQ, so all permits are handled by one agency, making the process faster and more efficient.

The state of nations

Oklahoma’s foreign-owned companies support more than 48,000 jobs in the state and represent a major source of business investment.

Major sources of foreign investment in Oklahoma include Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Switzerland, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, Ireland and Sweden.

Country Business Establishments in Oklahoma Employment in Oklahoma
Canada 66 3310
United Kingdom 64 5852
Japan 55 3869
Germany 46 2731
France 44 5707
Switzerland 39 2905
Australia 18 938
Netherlands 17 1007
Mexico 16 6846
Ireland 16 3558
Sweden 16 2770

Identify business prospects for expansions, supply chain and other opportunities. We can generate a comprehensive list of Oklahoma foreign-owned companies and customize it to meet your needs. Contact Jon Chiappe at or call 405-815-5210 for pricing and details.

Oklahoma is home to more than 140 FDI companies.

Map of Oklahoma showing counties with companies owned by foreign parents. Flags represent country of ownership.

  • Acciona
  • Air Liquide
  • AMEC
  • ASCO
  • BAE Systems
  • Bimbo Bakeries
  • British Petroleum
  • Centek
  • Enel
  • Georg Fisher
  • InBev
  • Industrias Bachoco
  • Jindal Poly
  • Lufthansa
  • Michelin
  • Sanofl-Aventis
  • Schlumberger
  • Siemens
  • Sigma Alimentos
  • Sitel/Onex Corporation
  • Sodexo
  • ThyssenKrupp
  • Umicore
  • Veolia Environmental
  • Zurich Insurance Croup
    (parent of Farmers)

Discover how your business can benefit from Oklahoma and its position to serve not just U.S. but NAFTA and world markets.

Get in Touch

The Oklahoma Team is ready to assist with your international investment in Oklahoma with expert and confidential guidance. Contact the Oklahoma Team today at 800-588-5959.


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