Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Panel Created to Help Manufacturers Better Utilize Agencies

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Panel Created to Help Manufacturers Better Utilize Agencies

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A Technology Extension Planning Consortium task force has been established under the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology to develop ways for small and medium size manufacturers to more effectively utilize the services of state agencies.

The task force is an outgrowth of an Oklahoma Technology Extension Workshop. Staff assistance will be provided the task force by Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

Chairman of the task force is Edmund Farrell, president and chief executive officer of Stairmaster Exercise Systems, Tulsa.

The task force will identify production and capitalization problems common to small manufacturers operating in a global market.

"I think that too often the businessman perceives the government, whether it is state, federal or local, as being a roadblock or an obstacle in the process of doing business," said David Poppe of Schlegel Corp., Frederick, a task force member.

"I think this is an aggressive move on the part of government to actually coordinate, to help business advance. I think it is exactly the right thing to be doing," he said.

"What I see coming out of this program is the first step for the State of Oklahoma in advancing manufacturing in the state to physically allow the manufacturers to grow and prosper in the state and be competitive with foreign products first in the United States and then in the world market," said William Edwards, operations manager of Johnson Controls Inc., Poteau, another task force member.

The task force has been funded by a $98,010 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to be matched by an equal amount by Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology. Members of the task force volunteer their time, but are expected to receive reimbursement for some of their expenses attending meetings. …

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