Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Companies Tout New Jobs

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Companies Tout New Jobs

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Ken Statton intends to keep jobs in Tulsa.

The president of Tulsa-based M&M Manufacturing has nearly doubled the company's Tulsa work force, adding 20 jobs in April.

"With the current influx of work, needed capacity and requested customer commitments, we are looking to add 10 to 12 more people in the next few weeks," Statton said.

He spoke during a Tulsa Metro Chamber event in downtown Tulsa Monday. Tulsa's Future, a job creation initiative of the chamber, announced that eight Tulsa companies have hired or intend to hire 361 people this year.

Company representatives made the announcements to emphasize that jobs are available and that efforts to attract and retain businesses are working, said Mike Neal, chamber president and CEO.

The announcement shows that Tulsa has a business-friendly environment, said Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

"We encourage business creation, but we are also focusing our efforts on existing small businesses, to roll out the red carpet and not the red tape," Bartlett said. "If they thought government was standing in the way, then we would be the excuse for them to move elsewhere and I refuse to let that happen."

Companies large and small, public and private are beginning to expand their operations and hire new employees," said Don Walker, chamber chairman and president of Arvest Bank.

"We have invited these companies here today to make public their recent commitments to adding to the Tulsa economy," Walker said.

Bob Ball, the chamber's economist, estimates that in addition to the 361 announced jobs, 187 jobs will be created through the Tulsa- area economy and produce or support the production of $66.9 million in goods and services throughout the economy, with total income of $18.6 million earned by the work force.

M&M Manufacturing is a 10-year-old machining and fabrication facility that makes parts and tooling for aviation, oil and gas, health care, automotive and the electronics sectors.

"We started with 1,200 square feet and four people," Statton said. "Today, we are at 50,000 square feet and 44 people."

Along with the internal growth, M&M has been fortunate to land enough contractual work to outsource to other local companies, he said. …

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