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Mon August 17, 2009

Tinkering with GM

Oklahoma City, OK – Former GM plant opens with new mission

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Political, military and business leaders have helped open a new aircraft repair and maintenance facility at the former General Motors plant in Oklahoma City.

Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Mary Fallin were among those on hand at Monday's ceremony at the Tinker Aerospace Complex.

Oklahoma County purchased the former GM plant last year, two years after GM closed the facility. County voters approved a property tax measure to fund the purchase.

Officials expect to hire 500 new employees by the end of 2009 as several operational units prepare to move in to the massive building next to Tinker Air Force Base.