Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Carson Operates Full Year without Injury

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Carson Operates Full Year without Injury

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Business is better than it has been for three years at Carson Machine & Supply Co. in Oklahoma City, but the company's record of a full year without loss of worktime from injury caught Gov. Henry Bellmon's attention.

"We've been trying to work hard to have a good work climate in this state," Bellmon told about 100 Carson employees Wednesday at the plant at 2101 SE 18th St.

The fact that a heavy machinery manufacturing company like Carson, which packages natural gas wellhead compressors, can work a full year without injury is remarkable, said Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Dean Calhoun.

Calhoun told Carson employees a company of comparable size normally has 176 lost workdays due to injury on the job in a year. He, along with Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors commended the company.

The company's safety record was even more of an accomplishment given the workload has increased, company officials said.

Backlogged orders are better now than during the past three years and the company's workforce has increased by 40 percent over the past six months, said Wayne McClymonds, manager of Carson.

"We've got orders well into the third quarter," McClymonds said.

Considering that, he said the company added to its permanent workforce of 62 another 30 to 40 employees through Manpower Temporary Services.

Carson packages Ajax Superior compressors, up to 800 horsepower, that compress natural gas at the wellhead. There also is application for the compressors on small gas gathering systems and processing plants. The company is a part of the Ajax Superior division of Cooper Industries, which also is parent company to Demco Products-Flow Control in Oklahoma City.

The downturn in the energy industry seemingly has turned around, particularly in the natural gas sector, McClymonds said.

"It's picked up gradually over the past one or two years," he said, "and we expect it to be stable in the next six months. …

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