Situated between two U.S. highways and not far from Interstate 40 and major metropolitan areas, McAlester is home to leading manufacturers, oil and gas companies, and even an icon of sorts in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary — one of the region's largest employers.
Location & Transportation
The city’s location in southeast Oklahoma makes it an ideal place for doing all kinds of business. McAlester is at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 69 and 270, and is just 40 miles south of I-40. It is also served by the Indian National Turnpike. Tulsa is 90 miles north, Oklahoma City is 120 miles northwest and Dallas is 176 miles south.
Airports include McAlester Regional Airport, Tulsa International, Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth International.
Manufacturing & Distribution
Among leading employers in McAlester are those found in the industrial manufacturing sector.
Spirit Aerostructures, which provides integrated wing structures and a line of aerospace products and services, has a plant in McAlester that supports both the Wichita and Tulsa sites with machined parts and subassemblies.
McAlester is the Midwest division site for Komar Distribution Services, which helps companies manage distribution operations. The warehouse is 400,000 square feet with 27 dock doors.
Other manufacturers in the region include Berry Plastics Corp., a leading provider of plastic consumer packaging, and Dura-Line, an international manufacturer and distributor of communication and energy infrastructure products.
Oil & Gas
National Oilwell Varco is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production. Its McAlester location has a distribution service center and warehouse, and conducts sales and rentals.
Tricat, a Houston-based company that is a leading supplier of catalyst services and products to the petroleum refining and petrochemical processing industries, has a key facility in McAlester’s Taylor Industrial Park.