BY COMPILED BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Sunday, October 28, 2012
10/28/12 at 6:53 AM
Sapulpa glass manufacturer earns EPA designation
Verallia North America, a glass container manufacturer for the food and beverage industry, recently celebrated its Sapulpa facility's receipt of the Energy Star plant certification from the federal EPA.
Sapulpa is one of only three of the 46 container glass facilities in the nation to earn this designation. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Secretary of the Environment Gary Sherrer, legislators and other environmental officials joined the presentation along with a number of other state and local elected officials, community leaders, customers, union representatives and employees.
The Sapulpa plant makes lantern globes, lamp chimneys, jelly glasses, tumblers and goblets. In a three-furnace facility, its 345 employees make more than 3 million recyclable bottles each day for several beer and beverage brands.
A better-designed furnace was installed in June 2010 allowing the plant to improve its energy efficiency by 38 percent. The facility also has an improved compressed air and lighting system.
ABC awards banquet recognizes builders, contractors
Twenty-four member companies of the Associated Builders and Contractors Oklahoma Chapter recently were named Excellence in Construction Award winners in 46 categories at the trade organization's annual awards banquet.
More than 550 ABC members and guests attended the event held at the Tulsa Convention Center.
Among projects spotlighted were the Will Rogers High School window replacement, Guthrie Green, Jenks High School music building, Tulsa Zoo's Helmerich Sea Lion Cove and renovation of Concourse B at Tulsa International Airport.
This year's judging was again done by an ABC chapter outside of Oklahoma. All local winners are eligible to participate in the trade organization's national Excellence in Construction competition. Those awards will be presented at its convention early next year.
Associated Builders and Contractors is a national association with 75 chapters representing more than 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly 2 million members.
This year's Oklahoma winners (listed in alphabetical order) are AAA Landscape of Tulsa, Advantage Glass, Ark Wrecking Co. of Oklahoma, ASSET Group, BETT Enterprises, Cantera Concrete Co. LLC, Coreslab Structures, Crossland Construction Co., Crossland Heavy Contractors, Fleming Building Co., Flintco of Oklahoma City and Flintco of Tulsa, Green Country Interiors, K&M Shillingford.
Others included LANlynx, Magnum Construction, Manhattan Construction of Tulsa and Manhattan Construction of Oklahoma City, Manhattan Road & Bridge Co., Marrs Electric, Oakridge Builders, Oil Capital Electric , Rupe Building Co. and York Electronic Systems.
Women's golf organization to hold chapter meeting
For Tulsa-area women wanting to get involved in golf, the Executive Women's Golf Association is hosting a chapter information session at 6 p.m. Monday at Golf Galaxy, 9121 E. 71st St.
Participants will learn about the benefits of EWGA membership and how to start a local chapter with support from the association. No previous golf experience is needed, and there is no charge to attend this meeting.
EWGA is the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the U.S. with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center.
To sign up to attend the meeting or for more information about this local chapter opportunity, contact Tom Faires at 918-249-1137 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
StatSoft offering help to European countries
Tulsa-based StatSoft Inc., a provider of analytics software, is offering STATISTICA Enterprise solutions, including its Big Data Predictive Analytics Platform, at no charge to companies in Greece, Portugal and Spain, the countries most affected by the European economic downturn.
StatSoft's motto is "Making the World More Productive," which reflects its core belief that business analytics and big data processing are key to the productivity of every growing company.
The sour economies in some countries, however, have made it impossible for struggling businesses to afford the software solutions that could help them increase productivity, streamline operations, and achieve safety, quality and environmental improvements.
StatSoft will serve first those companies whose infrastructure development it deems would produce the largest economic return, in terms of social and employment benefits.
TU business college recognized among top in nation
The Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa has been named one of the nation's top business schools by The Princeton Review, according to the 2013 edition of its "The Best 296 Business Schools" released this month.
A two-page profile in the book cites the college's focus on career preparation for students and the low student-to-faculty ratio. The Princeton Review's 80-question survey asked students about themselves, their career plans and their schools' academics, student body and campus life.
The Princeton Review editors said the MBA program at TU is constantly working to remain on the cutting edge with an eye toward industry trends. They also praised the administrators and faculty saying that although classes are difficult and grades are competitive, the professors are able to drive home the overall picture of what students are studying and why.
The book does not rank the business schools on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296 or name one business school best overall.
Leadership Tulsa offers Executive Leadership Series
Leadership Tulsa is offering its popular Executive Leadership Series program developed for LT alumni and busy executives who are interested in a fast track orientation or update on community issues from some of our community's top leaders.
This year's theme is a continuation of "The New Normal: Responding to Turbulent Times." Participants will learn about the current trends and future predictions in the education, energy and health care sectors. Speakers will include Phyllis Hudecki, executive director, OBEC & Secretary of Education, Office of the Governor; John Gibson, chairman and CEO of ONEOK Inc.; and Dr. Gerry Clancy, president of OU-Tulsa.
The program consists of three evening forums - Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27 - that run from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The first forum will be held at Founder's Hall of the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Learning Center. Subsequent sessions will be held at OSU-Tulsa's Helmerich Research Center and the Tulsa Country Club.
For information, call the Leadership Tulsa office at 918-477-7079.
Tulsa Event Center is open for business
Sam Stokely, owner/operator of Stokely Event Center, officially opened the newly renovated Tulsa Event Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday evening.
The 25,000-square-foot facility, located at 2625 S. Memorial Drive, will accommodate up to 1,200 people and will be available for weddings, trade shows, galas, corporate training and other large-scale events.
"Without a doubt, this event center will be one of the premiere destinations for events and receptions in Tulsa," Stokely said.
Stokely is the son of Bill and Sarah Stokely, founders of Stokely Outdoor Advertising in 1978. Sam Stokely started his own outdoor company, Big Business Billboards, in 2008.
The Stokely Event Center, 10111 E. 45th Place, features vintage neon signs and also hosts a variety of functions in Tulsa.
Sam Stokely (right), owner/operator of Stokely Event Center, officially opened the newly renovated Tulsa Event Center at a ceremony Thursday evening. He is pictured with Marquess Dennis of DJ Connection. STEPHEN PINGRY / Tulsa World