Cherokee Nation Industries (CNI) in is a good business model and success story for the aerospace industry in Oklahoma, said Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb.
Lamb recently toured the Stilwell, Oklahoma-based facility as part of a focus on small businesses and economic development.
“The Cherokee Nation, what they’re doing in economic development, it’s extremely impressive,” Lamb said in a Cherokee Nation press release. “It’s not been a secret of anyone in the state that the tribes have been diversifying in so many facets of the economy.”
He also noted the positive effect of tribal businesses on small communities in Oklahoma. “Cherokee Nation’s success is Oklahoma’s success,” said Lamb. “The fact that all these international companies want to come to Stilwell to do business, that’s a big statement.”
CNI, a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, has operated as a government contractor manufacturing and distributing aerospace and defense products since 1969. Its aerospace and defense division runs out of 120,000-plus square feet of expandable manufacturing space in Stilwell and employs 150 people. Seventy of those employees worked on projects for The Boeing Company, which gave CNI a Gold Status rating, the highest rating given to a vendor.