Tulsa, Okla. - Governor Mary Fallin announced a big expansion at Verizon’s Tulsa facility Friday morning.
She held a news conference at Verizon near 66th and Highway 75.
The governor says the company plans to add 500 new positions.
“Today’s announcement is great news for Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma. These positions represent the kind of high-quality, good paying jobs we are working to bring to the state,” Fallin said. “We appreciate Verizon’s investment in Oklahoma and are excited about the 500 new jobs coming to Tulsa.
Verizon spent over a year looking at different cities. Michelle Robinson spoke for Verizon and said the company liked what they saw when investigating Tulsa.
“Selecting Tulsa as a new financial services hub for Verizon allows us to take advantage of the financial services talent throughout Oklahoma," Robinson said. "We look forward to extending our commitment to the Tulsa metropolitan area and the great state of Oklahoma for future growth.”
Leaders at the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce say Verizon’s hiring plans are among the largest Tulsa-area job-creation announcements in years.
Tulsa Regional Chamber President and CEO Mike Neal says, "Verizon is well-positioned in the marketplace, and our community is fortunate that, among its many national locations, Tulsa was chosen for their vital financial services hub.”
Verizon currently has over 1,180 employees in Oklahoma.
It has 50 retail stores and authorized agents throughout the state.
Additionally, Verizon hopes to make an impact in the Tulsa community.
"We have a culture in our company to truly give back to the community that we serve," Robinson said.