BY Staff Reports
Sunday, July 15, 2012
7/15/12 at 3:02 AM
Boeing executive to speak to Langston students
The vice president of supply-chain management for the global services and support business within Boeing Defense, Space and Security will be the guest lecturer this week at Langston University's "Entrepreneurship in Transportation and Logistics" class at the LU-Oklahoma City campus.
Kenneth Shaw, who has worked for Boeing since 1992, will speak to students at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The presentation will also be broadcast live on ITV to interested participants at the LU-Tulsa campus and main campus at Langston.
"We are fortunate to have such an experienced individual who can provide first-hand knowledge that will be very informative for our students," said Surya Singh, dean of the school's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Research. "Kenneth Shaw has been involved in a lot of technological advancements, and his insight will be very beneficial to what we are teaching at Langston University."
Ponca City listed in best small towns for business
Ponca City has been named in the top 10 best small towns for business in the United States by American Express Open Forum.
American Express Open Forum writer Barry Moltz compiled the list with the assistance of Jack Schultz, the author of "Boomtown, USA" and an expert on economic development in smaller communities. Ponca City has a progressive economic development organization, Moltz wrote, and offers free wireless network, workforce training programs, state and local incentive programs and a business-friendly government.
Ponca City is home to Host Analytics, Smith Bits (a Schlumberger company), OSU-University Multispectral Laboratories, Precision Tool and Die and many family-owned businesses.
Pioneer Technology Center, a vocational training and education center, is also located in Ponca City.
"Precision has stayed in Ponca City for many reasons," current owner Greg Neisen said. "This is our hometown and our family business. Another success factor is that Ponca City is a very business-friendly community. The location in the golden triangle of OKC, Tulsa and Wichita and the training/workforce support from Pioneer Technology make this a great location for our type of work."
Tulsa-based company to build Texas facility
Officials with Shoreline Boat & RV Repair recently purchased 5.25 acres in Pflugerville, Texas, with plans to break ground next month on a repair and storage facility set to open in the fall.
Shoreline, with facilities in Kansas City, Mo., and Tulsa, specializes in the cosmetic and structural repair of aluminum and fiberglass bass, bay and pleasure boats, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers and personal watercraft.
The Pflugerville facility, located in the Austin suburb, will offer safe, full-service, covered and outside storage facilities and amenities for boats and recreational vehicles, and will employ 10-15 people.
Goodwill Industries opens facility in Glenpool
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa held the grand opening of its 10th store Thursday when it opened a retail store and donation center in Glenpool.
The facility, located at 502 W. 125th Place, will generate revenue that will help Goodwill Industries of Tulsa further its mission to provide work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers.
Store and donation center hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Elk City-based company buys out Gilstrap
Superior Fabrication of Elk City, a private, employee-owned custom fabrication company that produces oil and natural gas production equipment, has completed the purchase of Oklahoma City-based R.L. Gilstrap Co.
Gilstrap manufactures and sells the Casinjac, an innovative tool used to safely pull heavy loads at the wellhead and to accurately determine the freepoint of a pipe string.
"We are extremely excited to add the Casinjac to our line of oil field products," Superior CEO Terry Morse said. "It's a tool that offers compelling advantages to the conventional ways of freepointing and plugging wells. Recent sales growth speaks for itself."
Ralph Gilstrap will continue to manage the business.
Lakes Carl Blackwell, McMurtry get 4G LTE coverage
A new cell site in Payne County will allow residents at Lake Carl Blackwell and Lake McMurtry access to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.
The site provides coverage along U.S. 51 between Interstate 35 and Stillwater, and is equipped with voice and 3G service. The new site is part of the company's 2011 plan that included investing nearly $50 million in Oklahoma to advance and expand its superior network capabilities.
In total, Verizon has invested close to $300 million in Oklahoma since 2005 to increase the coverage and capacity of its nationwide network and to add new services. Verizon Wireless invests on average more than $6 billion annually in its network to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services.