Aerospace helped Tulsa glide into untapped economies and has developed that sector well. One of the largest companies in the city is American Airlines, which has a major maintenance and repair hub at the Tulsa International Airport. Other aerospace companies in the city include Spirit AeroSystems, Nordam, and FlightSafety International.
Manufacturing is a natural fit for Tulsa given its central location and inroads into aerospace. Some of the larger manufacturers are QuikTrip, Bama Companies, and Nordam Group.
Tulsa has long been noted for its healthcare and facilities including Saint Francis Health System, Hillcrest Medical Center, and the Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital. Medical research is part of the city’s health and economic ecosystem and has been for decades. Facilities include Vital Prospects Clinical Research Institute, Essential Medical Research, and DelRicht Research of Clinical Trials Tulsa.