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Tech Firm To Open Mobile App Development Center In Norman, Bringing 200 Jobs

Gov. Mary Fallin presents BFAC.com President and CEO Brad McMullan a plaque from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce during Friday's announcement.
Brian Hardzinski
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KGOU
Gov. Mary Fallin presents BFAC.com President and CEO Brad McMullan a plaque from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce during Friday's announcement.

A national technology firm plans to open a facility in Norman that will bring hundreds of jobs to the state.

The business texting firm BFAC.com is opening its Mobile App Development and Operations Center on the University of Oklahoma's Research Campus, just a few hundred yards north of the National Weather Center.

Gov. Mary Fallin said the company’s CEO Brad McMullan told her he wants technology to be as valuable to Oklahoma’s economy as oil and gas.

"But ladies and gentlemen, these are great-paying jobs of all sorts, and especially high-tech jobs are very, very exciting," Fallin said. "And 200 – I hope that’s just the beginning – jobs in Oklahoma will certainly add to our diverse economy that we want to have.”

The Mississippi-based company creates mobile products for more than 40 state governments and elected officials, as well as the U.S. military, restaurants, and charities.

McMullan is an OU graduate and former student body president, and Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said BFAC plans to take advantage of students looking to start their careers in Oklahoma’s growing technology sector.

"It’s especially exciting when you come back and you also bring  opportunities for our students who don’t have to go away, but instead can find great jobs here and stay in our community and help build a great community," Rosenthal said.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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