Oklahoma to get auto company Canoo after losing out on Tesla


Less than a year ago, Oklahoma lost out on landing a new Tesla manufacturing facility that eventually found a home south of the Red River.

Gov. Kevin Stitt and state officials pitched Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the merits of Oklahoma and why it was worthy, but to no avail. Tulsa was named a finalist, but Austin, Texas, was the eventual winner. Stitt and other state officials promised to continue pursuing manufacturing jobs and automotive businesses, but who would actually come?

Thursday, that question was answered when an electric vehicle company called Canoo stepped into the picture.

Canoo CEO Tony Aquila, along with Stitt, announced the Los Angeles-based electric vehicle business is expanding and will build a 400-acre manufacturing facility in Pryor — bringing nearly 2,000 jobs along the way.


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