Workforce Worthington

Bonnie Longcrier (right), the quality supervisor at the Worthington Industries factory in Catoosa, talks with Gerald Tolman on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Longcrier, one of just a few women at the company, said being a woman in a male-dominated field makes her work more rewarding. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

NEWS & NOTES

Tulsa Central Library to host forum on patents, trademarks

The Tulsa Central Library downtown will host a forum on U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) resources and services for inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses, and how to use them.

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The event will be 9 a.m.-noon June 12 at the library, Fifth Street and Denver Avenue.

Speakers will include Hope Shimabuku, USPTO regional director; Paul Lee, USPTO patent examiner; and Craig Morris, managing attorney, Trademark Outreach.

Topics will include introduction to intellectual property, patent application process, federal trademark registration process, and USPTO resources for startups and entrepreneurs.

For more information, call 918-549-7323.

Owasso emergency road server receives ‘Ace’ award for performance

Kai Hampton of Speedy’s Quik Lube & Auto Sales, 8190 N. 116th East Ave. in Owasso, has received the prestigious American Towman ACE Award for achievement in service performance, the organization said in a news release.

Recipients were nominated by the nation’s major motor clubs and dispatch centers, including: GEICO, Road America, Agero, Motorcycle Towing Services, Nation Safe Drivers, Quest Towing Services, Pinnacle Motor Club and Roadside Protect.

The nomination guidelines for the ACE Award includes: the highest percentage of calls when the estimated time of arrival is achieved, consistency in response time, written appreciation from customers, and percentage of calls serviced (instead of turning them away) thereby reflecting reliability and overall professionalism.

ACE recipients rank in the top 1% of the towing industry’s service providers. The ACE Award is presented by American Towman Magazine, the leading trade publication serving emergency road service professionals.

Tulsa, Cherokee County ODOT crews recognized for workplace safety

Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews from Tulsa and Cherokee County were among those recognized for a continued commitment to safety in the past year.

Gov. Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz handed out awards to crews at the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s June 3 meeting.

The Director’s Safety Awards are presented to the unit in each of ODOT’s eight field divisions and its Oklahoma City headquarters with the best safety record. Consideration is given to safety, housekeeping, training and equipment maintenance.

DATA POINT

512.40

Number of points the Dow Jones Industrial average went up Tuesday.

2.6%

Amount the World Bank expects the world economy to grow this year, a downgrade from earlier projections.

$7,500

Amount local law firm GableGotwals has established for a scholarship at The University of Tulsa College of Law in memory of litigation shareholder and former chairman Oliver Sterling Howard.

HEADLINES

EMPLOYMENT

Report: Employment gap expected to hit 20,000 jobs by 2028

Oklahoma’s economic growth, driven by record employment and several thriving industries including aerospace and advanced manufacturing, is on pace to add 135,000 jobs in the next 10 years.

That rapid growth might be too good to keep up with.

The Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development and Oklahoma Works are projecting that by 2028 the state will have an employment gap of about 20,000 jobs.

RESTAURANTS

Former employee buys Queenie’s in Utica Square

Queenie’s, one of the most popular eateries in Utica Square since 1985, has been sold to a former employee.

Ruth Young has sold Queenie’s to Brian Hughes, who was a manager at the restaurant in the 1990s.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Wiggin Properties buys Tulsa-based property management company

Oklahoma City-based Wiggin Properties announced Monday that it has purchased the Tulsa-based property management company Property Client Services LLC to merge with Wiggin Properties’ commercial property management division for the Tulsa metro area.

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