Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

British Firm Selects OKC for Plant

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

British Firm Selects OKC for Plant

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Oklahoma's people and their strong work ethic prompted an international electronics servicing firm to select Oklahoma City as the headquarters for its American operations, the firm's president said Thursday.

The company plans to have about 200 employees at a plant at Sara Road and W. Reno Avenue.

"It boiled down to the people and their work ethic," said Mehran Koranki, president of United Kingdom-based SMC Electronics Ltd. "That is the promise that I was given before I came over here." Koranki said that is the message he received from both Gov. Frank Keating and Sen. Ted Fisher, D-Sapulpa, who chairs the Senate Committee on Economic Development. In the five weeks he has been in Oklahoma, Koranki said, he has found that promise to be fulfilled. "We chose Oklahoma as the site in the United States for our headquarters and newest facility because of the quality labor force and the pro-business attitude we found here," Koranki said. He said this one factor overcame the incentives offered by several other states his firm considered for its base in the United States. "We were looking at the complete package," Koranki said. "There was little difference in the incentives." SMC supplies maintenance, trouble-shooting and support services for power supplies and data communications equipment for manufacturers, distributors, value-added resellers and users. It also designs and distributes power-supply units to Fortune 500 data communication and telecommunication companies. A Canadian national, Koranki said his firm researched possible sites for about two years. Over the next two years, he said, the company will be building its new headquarters facility on an 11- acre site near Sarah Road and W. Reno Avenue in far west Oklahoma City. Several other high-technology firms are also located in the area, including Seagate Technology, an SMC customer. …

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