Broken Arrow, the fourth-largest city in Oklahoma, was largely an agricultural community during its early history. Today, the economy is diverse and led by the manufacturing sector, with 350 manufacturers that give Broken Arrow the third-largest concentration of manufacturing in the state.
The median income for families in Broken Arrow is about $90,000. Here are industries that make the city such a successful and growing community:
The largest manufacturer in Broken Arrow is FlightSafety International, with 735 employees who make flight simulators that help train corporate jet pilots. Zeeco is a company of 647 employees who produce industrial gas burners. The 260 employees at Baker Hughes Oilfield Ops manufacture machinery and equipment used in oil fields.
Other major companies include Blue Bell Creameries, which makes ice cream products, PACCAR Winch, which designs and manufactures winches used across multiple industrial platforms, and Alpha Laval, which produces heat exchangers. Russelectric Inc. has 175 employees who manufacture switchgears and switchgear accessories. Da-Pro Rubber Inc. makes molded rubber products primarily for aerospace and energy applications.
Broken Arrow's highway system makes it attractive to distribution, logistics and warehousing companies. Key highways in the community include Oklahoma State Highway 51 and the Muskogee Turnpike (State Highway 351). Also serving motorists is Creek Turnpike (State Highway 364) that circles the southeast portion of Broken Arrow.
Companies are also attracted to quality schools here, including the Broken Arrow Public Schools system, which ranks among the top districts in Oklahoma. In addition, a portion of the city is served by Union Public Schools. Higher education institutions include Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow Campus and Tulsa Technology Center-Broken Arrow Campus.
More than 900 people work for Wal-Mart in Broken Arrow, with jobs ranging from cashiers to stockers to floor managers. Another big player in the retail sector is Bass Pro Shops, which employs 230 at its outdoor sporting equipment store. Reasor's Foods employs 200 workers at its retail grocery operations.
Other Major Employers
The City of Broken Arrow has 675 employees who oversee the daily operations of local government, and Oklahoma Healthcare Services employs 460 people who provide home health to patients. MicahTek Inc. employs 350 people who perform data processing and preparation duties for corporate customers. Another major company is Integrated Business Technologies, which offers IT solutions, data backup plans and firewall protection for its client companies.