Robotics Company to Expand in OKC
Vol.8 Issue 6

This past month the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce gave approval for a robotics manufacturer based in Austin, Texas to receive funding from an OKC business incentive program for expansion of its operation to Oklahoma City. This opportunity could serve both commercial and military customers more efficiently and effectively throughout the state and region, including Tinker Air Force Base.

Wilder Systems is known for supplying cost-effective robotics to aircraft manufacturers who want to improve productivity, quality and ergonomics.

Wilder Systems, Inc. designs an Agile Manufacturing Robot (AMR) to automate military and commercial aircraft manufacturing tasks, which have historically been manually performed or completed with very expensive equipment. The robotic system can perform various tasks with little to no manpower, including washing aircraft, drilling and unfastening – applications the company has been experimenting with at Tinker Air Force Base since January of 2022.

Wilder Systems, Inc., once approved for incentive funds from OKC’s Strategic Investment Program (SIP), (which is designed to provide qualifying companies with cash payments if they meet certain annual payroll or employment thresholds) aims to lower costs by building its marquee product - the Agile Manufacturing Robot - locally.

In addition to Oklahoma City’s proximity to Tinker and other Air Force bases, company officials said they believe OKC is the epicenter for aircraft manufacturing, which will help them more easily serve clients in nearby aviation and aerospace hubs such as Tulsa, Oklahoma; Amarillo, Texas; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Wichita, Kansas.

Wilder Systems will immediately begin the process of locating part of its operations in Oklahoma City, where it expects to create five to seven positions by the end of 2022 and an additional 25-30 jobs targeted for 2023. Yearly salaries will vary from $35,000 to $50,000 for technicians and $80,000 to $120,000 for senior engineers, with a focus on hiring veterans. New engineer graduates can expect to receive salaries ranging between $50,000 and $70,000 a year. Wilder Systems plans to partner with local two-year colleges and career technology centers for training and/or upskilling new technicians.

Roy Williams, President, and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber states, "The aviation and aerospace sector is a huge economic engine in our state, especially right here in Oklahoma City where we have Tinker Air Force Base, the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center and many large government contractors like Boeing and Northrop Grumman, not to mention many more small-to-medium sized businesses engaged in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft. The addition of Wilder Systems to our community of aviation-minded companies will undoubtedly help solidify and strengthen Oklahoma City’s position as a ’go-to’ city for aviation manufacturing and services."

Will Wilder (CEO of Wilder Systems) says, "We are extremely excited to be partnering with Oklahomans to strengthen the local and regional aerospace industry with advanced manufacturing technology like the Agile Manufacturing Robot. Oklahoma has welcomed us with open arms, from first customers at Tinker, to state and local government, to early-stage investors at Plains Ventures, Cortado Ventures and Echo Investment Capital. We see a bright future in Oklahoma City."

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