Posted Monday, December 12, 2005 11:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Despite a boardroom shakeup, Oklahoma City remains in the running to keep the corporate headquarters for theme-park chain Six Flags Inc., U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook said Thursday. Speculation over the future of Six Flags' headquarters has mounted in the wake of Washington Redskins' owner Dan Snyder's successful drive to depose three board members at the company.
Read more from The Oklahoman.
Monday, December 12, 2005 11:14 AM
It's a smart idea to keep the HQ where it's at. Why would any company that's already in the red want to spend more money to relocate a fully-functional operations center?
Monday, December 12, 2005 11:20 AM
My impression was that they had an office in NYC anyway. Am I wrong about that?
Monday, December 12, 2005 11:24 AM
As with many companies, they likely have a few offices scattered around the US, so it would not surprise me if they did have one in NYC.
Monday, December 12, 2005 11:39 AM
Is the economy so bad in Oklahoma City that loosing 37 jobs would be the end of the world?
Monday, December 12, 2005 1:24 PM
No, this is more about Istook's run for Governor............What the article is basically stating is that Istook cares for jobs in Oklahoma............notice how Red Zone hasn't even began to decide the fate of the home office, but Istook has already approached them. Also notice at the end of the article they point out that he is running for Governor.
Monday, December 12, 2005 6:00 PM
Reads like an article about something not newsworthy not happening. I'm wondering why they have to mention Snyder's "lieutenant" is also the CEO of the Washington Redskins. Does that really have anything to do with the story, or were they just going with the Cowboys vs. Redskins angle? I assume many Oklahomans would be Dallas fans.
Monday, December 12, 2005 7:50 PM
Yea they have one in New York anyways:
122 East 42nd St
New York, New York 10168
Monday, December 12, 2005 8:08 PM
Yeah Kieran and Dannhauser used to hang out at the New York office, not the Oklahoma City one.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 12:37 AM
I don't know much about the economy in Oklahoma City, but if I were one of the 37 jobs that got cut, it would seem like the end of the world. (at least for a while anyhow)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 8:55 AM
My comment was meant to be insensitive to those working for Six Flags. However, I think a Senator and Governor candidate would have bigger fish to fry. When I wrote that comment, I was thinking along the lines of Zingo. Istook is running for Governor and wanted the publicity. Do you really think he's concerned about loosing 37 jobs from an amusement park company that is on the brink of bankruptcty and whose headquarters is in his home state? Six Flags isn't exactly a Fortune 500 company. I'd be more concerned about other issues. Especially since Snyder or the board haven't even discussed the issue of a HQ. To me it just shows how out of tune Istook is with the issues facing his home state.
That's my political commentary for the week.
one sided soldier
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 1:03 PM
I live in Oklahoma. It wouldn't be such a bad thing if it wasn't for the certain events surrounding this.
For one, the major player here in OKC, GM, just closed their plant and that has sent shockwaves throughout the city. For the past three years, we've lost many major companies that pretty much fueled this city. All of that comes on the heels of a major expansion and re-model of the downtown area entertainment district. They justified the expense of it through saying that Oklahoma City is growing rapidly with new business. But now we've lost half of the sponsors of the project.
I moved here 6 years ago from San Antonio. It was definitely different. The economy here is pretty bad and people here do not have any idea how to fix it. So another one of OKC's "claims to fame" heading out the door is pretty sad news for a community that is already in poor shape.
As for the office here, it's probably not moving. Istook is shooting his guff. Kieran Burke worked in the office here and ha(s/d) a home here. Dannhauser work(ed) in New York. I went by the office today and it looked buisness as normal.
Should Six Flags stay in OKC? Uh..yeah. Oklahoma City pampers Six Flags more than it can ever be known. And plus, there is no logical sense for them to move, at least right now.