The Association of Defense Communities and the Defense Communities Caucus on Monday, February 29, 2016 announced the first class of “Great American Defense Communities,” and Lawton, Oklahoma has been selected as one of the top 10 communities!
Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma is rapidly becoming a world-class business destination and is poised to become a global hub for opportunity. Located in Comanche County, the Lawton region offers a diverse mix of sites and buildings from Class A-certified industrial parks to our commerce center. With a modern infrastructure, a skilled and available workforce and access to higher education, Lawton is a prime location that will provide your business with every opportunity to thrive.
Lawton-Fort Sill is commonly mentioned as a joint community for a good reason. Lawton and Fort Sill have been inextricably linked at the hip since Lawton was established in 1901 at the gates of Fort Sill, which has occupied this corner of southwest Oklahoma since 1869. Even today, Fort Sill is at the north edge of downtown Lawton and, by far, is the region’s largest employer and Oklahoma’s newest technology hub.
Lawton is also home to a wide array of economic engines. Goodyear Tire & Rubber produces more tires here than at any of its other North American facilities. It's also home to Bar-S Foods which is a leading meat processing company, producing the #1 selling hot dog in America. Lawton is a university town and is home to Cameron University, bringing in students from across Oklahoma and 48 different countries. Lawton also has a robust health care sector for a small city its size.
In 2011, Forbes magazine ranked Lawton at No. 84 in its Best Small Places for Business and Careers. Significantly, within that ranking, Lawton was No. 11 in the job growth category with 8 of the Top 10 in neighboring Texas. Forbes also found Lawton quite favorable in the cost of doing business category with a No. 32 ranking.
As Oklahoma’s fifth largest population center, Lawton is a key player in ranking the state of Oklahoma in the top five for job creation, and right now Oklahoma is experiencing its highest level of employment in the state’s history.