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August 2013 Quality Jobs Report

August 29, 2013

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce announced that 695 new jobs will be created by the six (6) companies enrolled in the Quality Jobs Program (QJP) and the one (1) company enrolled in the Small Employer Quality Jobs Program (SEQJP). The information below includes:

  • The number of jobs each company projects it will add
  • The net benefit rate
  • The maximum amount of money the company can receive if it participates in the program for the full 10 years allowed
  • A brief background on the Quality Jobs Program

Quality Jobs Program

Company Name Town Town Pop. New Jobs NAICS Code Benefit Rate New or Expanded Max. Benefits
Carlisle Foodservice Products, IncorporatedOklahoma City599,1991823261995.00%Expanded$2,547,155
Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc.Marietta2,6161734249903.68%Expanded$1,763,287
Specific Systems, LTDTulsa393,987773334155.0%Expanded$1,613,800
Circle B Measurement & Fabrication, LLCTulsa396,466653345135.00%Expanded$1.410,123
Mid-Con Energy Operating, Inc.Tulsa396,446452111115.0%Expanded$2,995,017
Taylor Forge Engineered Systems, Inc.Tulsa396,466933329005.0%New$2,173,227

About the QJP enrollees:

  • Carlisle Foodservice Products, Incorporated is primarily a manufacturer of food service, healthcare and sanitation and maintenance products.
  • Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc. serves as a supply center to more than 300 company retail stores in the Southwest.
  • Circle B Measurement & Fabrication, LLC specializes in the fabrication of natural gas measurement and process equipment for the oilfield.
  • Specific Systems, LTD is a leader in the design, manufacturing and sale of special purpose environmental air-conditioning, heating ventilation and pressurization systems.  
  • Mid-Con Energy Operating, Inc. is engaged in the exploitation, development, and production of oil and gas.
  • Taylor Forge Engineered Systems, Inc. manufacturers large steel fabricated products for the energy market.   The products are used in pipelines, nuclear power plants, nuclear Navy ships, refineries, chemical plants, gas plants, and the aerospace industry.

Small Employer Quality Jobs Program

Company Name Town Town Pop. New Jobs NAICS Code Benefit Rate New or Expanded Max. Benefits
The Tile Shop of Oklahoma, LLCDurant16,425603255203.59%New$416,614

About the SEQJP enrollee:

  • The Tile Shop of Oklahoma, LLC is a distribution center, supplying tile and adhesives to company stores throughout the Southwest

What is the Quality Jobs Program?

The Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program allows qualifying establishments creating new quality jobs to receive an incentive to locate or expand in Oklahoma. Administered by Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the program provides quarterly cash payments of up to 5 percent of new taxable payroll directly to a qualifying company for up to 10 years.

Since its inception in July 1993, the state has issued more than 685 contracts to locating, expanding and start-up businesses. To date, more than $820 million in performance-based wage rebates has been paid because of the Quality Jobs Program.

The state also benefits from new state personal income tax, sales and other consumption tax receipts as well as multiplier benefits from the added workers. Quality Jobs is a revenue neutral program and is risk-free to the state because without new payroll, companies do not receive rebates.

To qualify, a company must be a central administrative office, manufacturer, research and development, or a listed service company with 75 percent of total sales to out-of-state customers. Most companies must achieve a $2.5 million taxable payroll for any four consecutive quarters during the first 12 quarters in the program. Once the company achieves the threshold, it may remain in the program for the rest of the 10-year period. However, once the threshold is achieved, a company must maintain the $2.5 million payroll for four consecutive calendar quarters on a cumulative basis or it does not qualify for incentive payments until the four consecutive quarters payroll requirement has again been met. All businesses must offer basic health insurance coverage to all employees, and 80 percent of employees must work at least 30 hours per week.

The amount of each company's incentive is determined through a cost-benefit analysis prepared by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Costs to the state resulting from in-migration/other grants may decrease the amount of benefit the state receives from a company, thus lowering the incentive payment. Payments cannot exceed 5 percent of payroll and have historically averaged about 4.5 percent.

Companies that receive incentive payments also may be eligible for the five-year ad valorem tax exemption (manufacturing), free industry training program, foreign trade zone and freeport benefits, and other technical/financial assistance programs. Firms cannot utilize the jobs or investment tax credit, sales tax exemptions for construction, and a variety of additional tax credits and exemptions.

For more information on business retention and expansion activities in Oklahoma, visit www.OKcommerce.gov/bre