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Gazette staff December 23rd, 2013

General Electric recently announced it’ll locate its first global research center dedicated to oil and gas technology in Oklahoma City. With it will come 130 high-tech jobs, the company announced in a media statement. That’s an economic impact of an estimated $13 million into our state and local economy.

The center will be located on a site at 10th Street and Walnut Avenue, near downtown OKC, and will focus on “accelerating mid- to later-stage oil and gas technologies developed in GE’s Global Research labs, including production systems, well construction, water use optimization, CO2 solutions, and energy systems,” the company announced.

Said Gov. Mary Fallin in a press statement, “By establishing such strong research and development roots, we are planting new seeds of growth that will lead to more jobs and more economic activity for Oklahomans.”

Oh, and while we’re talking about it, the gub’ner also announced a direct-to-consumer Macy’s Fulfillment Center near Owasso.

Macy’s Inc. said in a news release that it plans to invest $170 million in the facility, including technology and “material handling equipment and warehouse management systems.”

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and open in 2015. An estimated 1,500 employees will be hired each year, company management said. And guess what. Mary Fallin had something to say about that, too: “We are extremely excited to welcome Macy’s, Inc. to our Oklahoma family,” she exclaimed.

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