Aristocrat breaks ground on Oklahoma ops center

Aristocrat Gaming has broken ground on a new 137,500 square foot facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a move that the group says illustrates a long-term commitment to the community and local gaming industry.

The firm’s Tulsa operations center will offer a consolidated campus for the 300 employees of VGT Class II innovations by Aristocrat Gaming, and will house light manufacturing, a warehouse, and office space.

“This is more than a ground-breaking – it’s a celebration of our employees, our community, and our industry,” noted James Starr, VGT president at Aristocrat.

“As employees, we live here, we work here, and we want to see Tulsa succeed, not just for today; we want to be generational partners, and this new facility will allow us to continue to serve our customers even better.”

Among the groundbreaking were Deanne McKissick, Aristocrat SVP of customer order execution; Mike Neal, Tulsa chamber of commerce President/CEO; Hector Fernandez, Aristocrat president of Americas & EMEA; Matthew Morgan, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association chair; Jerry Hale, VP of midwest operations at VGT, as well as Starr.

“We are doubling down on our commitment to Tulsa as our host community, to Oklahoma, and the community of customers we serve across the state,” stated Fernandez. 

“That is why we are making this 10-year commitment that will lead the community into the future. Oklahoma is important to us as a company, and we are committed to helping our customers and our employees succeed.”

The new campus will consist of a warehouse/production space of 112,500 square feet and office space of 25,000 square feet. The project is underway, and the warehouse is expected to be completed this winter. The office space is expected to open Spring 2022.

“We’re thrilled Aristocrat, a global leader in gaming technology, innovation, manufacturing and distribution, is expanding its presence in Tulsa,” added Neal.

“We’re proud to partner with them as they make significant investments in their company and northeast Oklahoma.”