Department of Commerce members visits Ponca City and EnidSeptember 3, 2020 | Featured|Headlines
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Commerce team continued its Oklahoma Success Tour with visits to multiple communities over the past few weeks including stops in Ponca City and Enid.
Often joined by Gov. Kevin Stitt, the tours took the team to 10 communities where they met with dozens of business and community leaders to learn more about the impact of COVID-19.
On Aug. 18, representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce spent the day in Ponca City visiting Custom Mechanical Equipment, Log10, LLC, MJ&H Fabrication and Quarter Turn Resources, Inc. They also met with numerous community leaders.
Representing Department of Commerce were Brent Kisling, Jennifer Springer and Stan Ralstin, Regional Development Specialist.
“These community visits are giving us great insight into how Oklahoma businesses are responding to new challenges,” said Brent Kisling, Executive Director of ODC. “It was great to meet with business and civic leaders in Ponca City and get a better understanding of what their operations look like and how we can connect them with Commerce services.”
This visit was one of many scheduled on behalf of Gov. Stitt to gauge how small businesses are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic, see what measures businesses have taken to better withstand the crisis and identify future opportunities for programs to help business recover.
All companies visited were recipients of either the Oklahoma Bounce Back Program or the Oklahoma Manufacturing Reboot Program:
- Custom Mechanical Equipment: Oklahoma Bounce Back Program recipient; manufactures multizone rooftop HVAC units in addition to building lithium battery storage units and providing powder coating services
- Log10: Manufacturing Reboot Program recipient; specializes in detection, prevention and elimination of microbial pathogens in foods, feed and environments
- MJ&H Fabrication: Oklahoma Bounce Back Program recipient; manufactures vessels, process piping, skid and modular packages, and structural steel for numerous industries
- Quarter Turn Resources: Oklahoma Bounce Back Program recipient, provides valve solutions to the North American natural gas and oil industry
Gov. Stitt was joined by Kisling as they visited Enid business owners to hear feedback on state programs created to help businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.
The visit was coordinated by Commerce and Enid Regional Development Alliance, and included tours of A.W. Brueggemann Co. and No Man’s Land Foods, in addition to and a discussion with a select group of business owners, Enid Mayor George Pankonin and other elected officials. Eleven area businesses and non-profits were represented at the roundtable, all of which were recipients of one of three COVID-response programs administered through Commerce.
Other cities visited by the group include: Ada, Seminole, Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Moore, and Miami.