The final meeting of the Oklahoma Military Base Closure
Prevention Task Force is scheduled at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 412-
C in the State Capitol.
Task Force Chairman Rep. David Braddock, D-Altus, said the 16-
member panel will review the Oklahoma Base Closure Prevention Task
Force Report before it is presented to legislative leaders and the
governor for approval.
Braddock said the task force was created to analyze state
policies affecting active Department of Defense military facilities
in the state.
The report will be the basis for new legislation aimed at saving
the state's six military installations from partial or complete
closure, Braddock said. Oklahoma is one of only seven states that
have not experienced a major base closure.
Honored by World Neighbors
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Devon Energy and Bank of
Oklahoma were honored by World Neighbors as its top Oklahoma
World Neighbors began in Oklahoma City in 1951 to eliminate the
root causes of hunger, disease and poverty in Asia, Africa and Latin
"Our supporters are extremely important to the work World
Neighbors does around the world," said Ron Burkard, executive
director. "World Neighbors does not accept government funds, so we
rely on the support of dedicated individuals in Oklahoma and across
Promotions at Love's
Mike Herman has been appointed director of travel stop operations
in the western division for Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores of
Oklahoma City. Herman has been with Love's for 18 years and was the
director of convenience store operations.
Kevin Asbury is the new director of convenience store operations.
Asbury has been with Love's for 15 years and was district manager in
Amarillo. Asbury will be living in Oklahoma City.
Len Chadwick has been promoted to convenience store district
manager from convenience store merchandising manager.
Kevin Sharrar is the new district manager for the Colorado
convenience stores. Sharrar was a general manager in a travel stop.
Bob Wihebrink has been promoted to travel stop district manager
from convenience store district manager.
Kinark opens new plant
Kinark Corp.'s North American Galvanizing subsidiary has started
processing operations in a new galvanizing and coating facility
located in St. Louis.
"The completion of the facility expands our capabilities to
deliver high-quality products to the growing commercial and
industrial markets of the midwest United States," said Ronald J.
Evans, president and CEO of Tulsa-based Kinark.
The new 51-foot kettle has the largest galvanizing capacity in
the St. Louis region, he said.
North American Galvanizing currently conducts its galvanizing and
coatings business through a network of plants located in Denver,
Houston, Hurst, Texas, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis
and the Tulsa area.
Leading State Chamber committees
The State Chamber has announced the leadership for its committees
that play key roles in policy development for the business-advocacy
Committee chairmen are Monte Akridge, vice president of Integris
Health, Oklahoma City, Congressional Activities and Legislative
Affairs; Jim Barnett, president of Environmental Federation of
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Natural Resources Committee; E.L. "Gene"
Batchelder, senior vice president and chief information officer of
ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, Membership Re-evaluation Committee;
William M. Cameron, chairman and chief executive of American
Fidelity Group, Oklahoma City, Government Affairs Division; T. …