Posted on June 14, 2013

Organizers of the Tulsa Pipeline Expo announced dates for the 5th annual Tulsa Pipeline Expo.  The Expo is a three-day forum showcasing Oklahoma businesses and providing opportunities to network with potential clients from across North America. the Expo consists of: a trade show, professional development training, expert industry speakers, a benefit dinner, golf tournament, and a variety of networking functions.

The mission of the Tulsa Pipeline Expo is to raise awareness of Oklahoma's rich heritage in the energy industry and to showcase products and services of the many Oklahoma businesses that keep our state strong

Being a hotbed for oil, gas, and pipeline work, the organizers feel that it is fitting to hold the event is held in Tulsa. “Tulsa was known as the oil capital of the world for decades,” stated Shawn Lowman, president of the Tulsa Pipeline Expo. He said “there are still more than 1,000 companies in the greater Tulsa area alone that somehow impact the energy market and it is obviously still a ‘mecca’ for oil and gas. Some of the biggest names in the business have their corporate headquarters in Tulsa.

“Oklahoma has the manufacturing, production, processing, services, and distribution resources to meet the needs of the energy markets,” said Solomon. “The Expo provides the opportunity to meet many of these companies in one place.”

The 2013 Expo will be held August 26-28. Click here for more information.

Posted on June 12, 2013

Tulsa-based AEP-PSO announced plans for long-term purchases of up to 200 megawatts of new wind energy resources.  The energy provider is looking to contract the 151 megawatts of wind power due to expire from Blue Canyon II wind farm in southwestern Oklahoma and add additional wind resources if good pricing is available.

Rod Walton reports in the Tulsa World:

"We allow for the possibility that if there's really good pricing out there, we'd go for more than the 151 megawatts," AEP-PSO spokesman Stan Whiteford said. "We have some reason to believe the price could be pretty good, and that's what the (request for proposal) will prove out."

The Tulsa-based utility's wind power mix is at about 15 percent of its overall generating capacity, all added within the last 10 years, he noted. AEP-PSO has not added new wind power capacity since December 2010, when the Minco wind farm came on line. Minco is owned by Next-Era Energy.

"I think we feel pretty comfortable that the amount of wind we have is appropriate as a supplement to other baseload forms of energy," Whiteford said. "It's just part of the mix nowadays."

Oklahoma, in general, is among the nation's leaders for installed wind-power capacity. The state ranked fourth place last year for new installation at 1,126 megawatts, including 734 MW added in the fourth quarter alone, according to an American Wind Energy Association report.


Posted on June 06, 2013

MRC Global, the parent company of the former McJunkin Red Man Co., announced a new regional distribution center in Tulsa.  The 2-acre pipeyard and warehouse facility will initially stock close to $20 million in inventory and serve 13 locations across the state of Oklahoma and the Midwest.

The new 80,000 square foot facility will employ approximately 80 people. 

MRC Global is the largest global distributor of pipe, valve, and fitting products and services to the energy and industrial markets. 

Posted on June 04, 2013

The Tulsa Global Alliance, Inc. was named the 2012 Sister Cities International Best Overall Program for a city with a population of 300,001 to 500,000.  Sister Cities International recognized TGA for their dedication to their eight Sister City Partnerships.

Tulsa sister cities include Amiens, France, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Zelenograd, Russia, Utsunomiya, Japan, Beihai China, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Tiberias, Isreal, and Celle, Germany.

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said, “I am proud to learn TGA has been recognized for best overall program from Sister Cities International. To think globally is crucial to Tulsa’s continued economic success and TGA plays a vital role in enhancing Tulsa’s global relationships, while increasing more business opportunities for our community."

Tulsa Business reports:

Tulsa Global Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit program dedicated to increasing global understanding and linking people and institutions worldwide. TGA hosts international visitors, facilitates Sister City activities, promotes global education and economic development, collaborates with international organizations and serves as a resource for area governments, businesses, educational institutions, organizations and residents.

Award winners will be recognized at the Sister Cities International 57th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas July 11-13. Sister Cities International was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 and serves and the national membership organization for more than 500 individual sister cities, counties and states across the United States, with relationships in nearly 2,000 communities in 140 countries on 6 continents.

Posted on May 30, 2013

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett (center) meets with Airgas executives Bob Bradshaw (left) and Terry Lodge in the company’s Tulsa division offices on May 29. Bradshaw is president of the Airgas Mid South Region, which includes three states, while Lodge is president of the Airgas Central Division which includes six states and the western half of Missouri. Airgas has about 285 employees in Tulsa. The company operates 1,100 retail and service locations and has about 15,000 employees nationwide. Operations for Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and most of Missouri are directed from the Tulsa offices. Mayor Bartlett has met with about 30 Tulsa energy companies during the past year to better understand the companies’ needs and plans for growth in Tulsa.

Posted on May 24, 2013

Tulsa's BOK Center was listed in the top five feature of the Midwest's Top Spots by Venues Today Magazine.  Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center and Target Center made the top two spots. Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena placed No. 4. Kansas City's Sprint Center ranked No. 5.

Jennifer Chancellor writes in the  Tulsa World:

The venue finished third in a roundup of "Midwest Top Stops" for venues with a capacity between 15,001-30,000. The yearly rankings count grosses from March 1, 2012-Feb. 28, 2013. During that time period, the BOK Center hosted 101 ticketed events, grossing $15,018,715 with a total event attendance of 539,570, according to information from venue management. .

“Thanks to promoters who bring the top acts, and to the fans who continue to buy tickets, the BOK Center continues to rank as one of the nation’s top venues,” said John Bolton, BOK Center general manager in a press statement. 

Posted on May 21, 2013

The Tulsa business community pulled together resources to help fellow Oklahomans whose lives have been devastated by the latest tornado outbreak.

The Journal Record reports:
The Tulsa Community Foundation established the Moore and Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund, with a $100,000 lead gift from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

ONEOK announced two donations Tuesday: $750,000 to organizations providing disaster assistance and $250,000 to the ONE Trust, the company’s voluntary charitable organization.

Other donations include, but are not limited to:

Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital and M&M Express will take donated pet and family supplies to Moore. They are sending one of its veterinarians to help recovery efforts.

The Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s Future Chefs Association prepared and packed more than 1,100 sack lunches for Red Cross shelters.

Grocery store operator Reasor’s started collecting donations of brooms, mops, gloves, buckets, hand sanitizer, shovels and rakes for the Salvation Army. It also offered to donate $10 for each text of the word “storm” to 80888, to a maximum $10,000.

With its $25,000 donation to the Red Cross, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma also started collecting employee items for the Salvation Army.

The staff of Tulsa’s Merry Maids started a donation drive, collecting items at its 5656 S. Mingo Rd. office. The firm also plans to donate a portion of its profits through June to the Red Cross.

South Tulsa’s Inner Peace Yoga is plotting a Saturday fundraiser while it takes cash and donations.

First Fidelity Bank began accepting cash or check donations for the Red Cross at its Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Phoenix branches.

Bill Powers said his firm, Powers Design and Build, would make a cash donation to aid the relief effort.

BOK Financial, parent of Bank of Oklahoma, donated $50,000 to the Red Cross’s Central Oklahoma Chapter.

Chase Bank, which has large branches in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, said it will make grants of $350,000, split between the Red Cross, World Vision, Convoy of Hope and the United Way of Central Oklahoma. It also will match employee donations up to $150,000.

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Posted on May 16, 2013

Tulsa's uniquely qualified workforce sealed the deal for SWEP to move its world headquarters to Tulsa.  SWEP new brazed heat exchanger manufacturing center will create 75 new job as the company moves operations from South Carolina.

The Tulsa World reports:

"The Sweden-based manufacturer announced in January that it had leased a 40,000-square-foot factory space in southeast Tulsa to be its new North American headquarters.

“There is a lot of knowledge about heat exchangers here,” said Hakan Nilsson, president of SWEP. “This is going to be a cornerstone of our future.”.

SWEP is a division of the Dover Corp., a diversified manufacturing firm that already has about 700 employees in Tulsa. Dover, which is based in Downers Grove, Ill., also owns TWG, formerly Tulsa Winch Group, and Norris Rods, an energy equipment manufacturer, in Tulsa. 

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Posted on May 16, 2013

Posted on May 15, 2013

Tulsa-based AEP-PSO turns 100 years old this month.  Originally incorporated in Oklahoma City on May 29, 1913 despite having no customers in the Oklahoma City market.

PSO had a tough start. 100 years ago, only one of every 11 houses was wired for electricity forcing PSO to supplement income by investing in subsidiary businesses like ice production and soda-pop bottling.  Today, AEP-PSO provides electricity to 535,000 customers across the state.

The Tulsa World reports:

The original electric systems that made up PSO were far flung, including plants in Tulsa, Vinita, Atoka, Coalgate, Lehigh and Guthrie. The company, originally owned by Chicago-based Middle West Holdings, moved its headquarters to Tulsa in 1916 and sold the Guthrie system to OG&E about a decade later.

PSO also gave rise to one of Tulsa's pre-eminent early civic leaders. Middle West Holdings magnate Samuel Insull sent his nephew, Fred, to Oklahoma to put the pieces together in early 1913.

Fred Insull ran the utility until his death in 1939.

"He was a significant figure in Tulsa's early days," White-ford said. "He was instrumental in forming the Chamber of Commerce and helped form the United Fund."

Signs of Public Service Co. history are all over downtown Tulsa. The substation at First Street and Cheyenne Avenue originally was the site of PSO's power plant, which featured three "dynamos," or generation turbines, with distinct names.

"They were named Hilda (or Hulda), Elsie and Maude," said AEP-PSO spokesman Ed Bettinger, who has done a lot of the historical fact-finding for the centennial. "There's a small plaque at First and Cheyenne which commemorates the site."

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