Area Development
QEP Resources, Inc., an independent natural gas and crude oil exploration and production company, plans to consolidate its southern regional offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma, creating more than 50 jobs.

As part of QEP Resources' expansion in the Tulsa region, the company is adding office space at its current location at One Warren Place and will occupy three floors in the building by June.

Earlier this year, Denver-based QEP Resources decided to operate all its southern regional operations, including exploration and production assets in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, from its Tulsa office. As part of this plan, QEP will relocate more than 30 employees from Oklahoma City to its expanded Tulsa location. In addition, the firm plans to hire approximately 20 new employees at the Tulsa office for a variety of energy-related positions. In total, the company intends to increase the total number of employees in Tulsa by more than 60 percent, to approximately 130 employees by the end of the year.

"QEP Resources is committed to becoming an employer of choice in Tulsa," stated Jeff Tommerup, Southern Region Vice President for QEP Energy. "Currently, we source more than half of our natural gas production from the company's Southern Region properties, positioning Tulsa as a strategically important center of operations for our organization. We look forward to partnering with the citizens and community of Tulsa as QEP Resources continues to grow its presence in Tulsa."

Mike Neal, Tulsa Metro Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer stated: "Northeast Oklahoma continues to outpace the nation in many areas of economic development and job creation, and our strong legacy of energy sector employers are bolstering that growth. We know that QEP will continue to thrive in the Tulsa region, and we look forward to continued success from this leading energy company."

Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., said: "We are very pleased that QEP plans to expand its Tulsa area operations as the company pursues growth and opportunities in the Tulsa region. Being from the oil and natural gas industry, I am especially gratified that our outreach to the energy industry is being answered."