The Greater Lawton area workforce is one of the most culturally diverse in the country. The population maintains a wide array of multigenerational families to people from around the world. Fort Sill is not only a major economic engine for the community, but it also provides additional skilled workforce through military and civil service families and young retiring military soldiers.
The greater Lawton area has gone through some healthy growth over the past 6 years that has resulted in a larger workforce. One of the strongest assets of the region is the population of skilled workers. Not only does the region recruit from its own residents in Lawton-Fort Sill, but also from the nearby communities of Altus, Cache, Chickasha, Duncan, Elgin, Medicine Park, Snyder, and unincorporated areas of 7 county area. On average, in a 45 minute radius from different points within the region, you can find an available workforce of approximately 350,000.
Historically, the Lawton area has primarily been supported by the military and agriculture related industries. With the population expansion over the past few years, the region has seen a shift in the economy to include many new technology related industries and manufacturing. A growing industry in the region is now manufacturing which accounts for a significant portion of the workforce and payroll dollars. The region is home to recognizable names such as: Fort Sill, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Halliburton, Raytheon, Republic Paper, Silverline Plastics, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, CGI and Bar-S Foods.