McAlester contains a competitive advantage in several high-growth and high-demand industrial sectors. Defense, aerospace, logistics, energy, and diversified manufacturing forms the foundation of the local McAlester economy.
The Defense Sector comprises McAlester's largest target industry. Home to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant and Choctaw Defense, McAlester provides vital support to the U.S. military and other major defense contractors, including Raytheon, Textron, Lockheed Martin, and General Dynamics. Upcoming developments, such as the Defense/Security Industrial Park and new, small arms ammunition production will further expand the defense sector in McAlester.
McAlester has an extensive history with the industrial Aerospace sector. Major multinational companies such as Rockwell International and Boeing have played key roles in establishing McAlester's identity as an industrial aerospace hub. Currently, Spirit Aerosystems, the world's largest first-tier aerostructures manufacturer operates one of its eleven worldwide facilities in McAlester.
The McAlester region contains a superb transportation network. Local highways and rail lines provide direct access to regional delivery channels, including interstates, inland ports, and international airports. That connectivity results in significant benefits for local logistics businesses looking to reduce their operating expenses. Several companies operate warehouses and distribution centers in McAlester, including Charles Komar & Sons and National Oilwell Varco.
The state of Oklahoma contains an abundance of oil and natural gas reserves, creating a primary market for resource extraction and the industrial and support services that compliment it. Numerous, multinational companies such as Baker Hughes, National Oilwell Varco and Tucker Energy are located and operating within the McAlester area, creating an energy sector footprint which supports other businesses.
In addition to specific target industrial sectors, McAlester is the home to several manufacturers of various high-quality, consumer products. Berry Plastics Corporation creates numerous packaging, protection, and adhesive plastics products. Webcoat Products coats and textures outdoor furniture, equipment and other amenities. MeecoSullivan fabricates marina and dock systems for fresh and salt water environments.