Here is a press statement Ole’ Stitter sent out about the news:
There’s no doubt that today’s announcement was disappointing. We would have rather seen those thousands of jobs come to the U.S., specifically Oklahoma, than go across the border to Canada. That said, Oklahoma has never been in a position to compete with an entire country for a major project, but that’s exactly what we did and it’s a testament to the hard work of state leaders in the Legislature and the Commerce Department who are making Oklahoma the most business-friendly state in the nation. Now we are right back to work pursuing additional opportunities in the pipeline and will continue our critical efforts to help companies who are already in Oklahoma expand and grow. I remain committed and optimistic that if we continue to work together, Oklahoma will land one of these historic opportunities.
In all fairness to Governor Stitt, he brings up a point. You can’t expect a state – especially a poor one with an unskilled workforce that loses deals to Kansas – to compete with another country for a major project.
Naturally, that begs the following question – Why were we wasting our time on it?
Anyway, although Panasonic and VW have both ditched Oklahoma for greener pastures, at least we still have Canoo – the EV car company that will likely never build a car here – planning to build cars here.
I wonder how they’re doing?
Hey, at least Stitt and Co. can score deals with automakers that nobody else seems to want.