07-24-2017 Monday Memo

What they need more of…
Over the past few weeks, we have been trying to meet with some of the area manufacturers and employers to gain a bit more insight into what their most immediate needs are, and to get a general idea about how they are doing.
While the number of employers we have been meeting with isn’t as many as we would like to get in front of, they are REALLY busy, those we have met with are providing us with a glimpse into what is creating concerns in their manufacturing world.
The short story about these meetings is that the businesses we have met with are all doing well, with the short-term projections that their respective businesses are going to continue to grow as the national and global economy picks up steam.  And that good news is where some of the challenges can be found.
Repeatedly we heard terms such as a focus on employing individuals who were more than button pushers, but those who had multidiscipline that included experience with electrical and electronic components typically found in a manufacturing facility. 
They are also seeking those special individuals who can problem solve areas such as pneumatics, hydraulics, jigs, fixtures, pumps, gears, AC/DC, PLC skills and a host of other machine related components.  To us that sound’s like they are seeking those who are mechanically inclined,and those individuals are in short supply right now.
So what makes those needs so important to us and why do we need to be sharing that concern with all of you?   Great question. 
Most of the manufacturers in our region are always seeking to develop more products, which oftentimes require new skills from those who are helping them create these products.  Advancements in manufacturing techniques, which includes more advanced equipment, means that new and improved skills are not just nice to have, but are a requirement if a business wants to stay ahead of their competition.
Simply knowing how to operate a piece of manufacturing equipment is much more these days than pushing a few buttons, as those pieces of equipment are more advanced than ever before.   With advanced equipment comes the need for more automation skills, a basic understanding of robotics, a great awareness of how the disciplines of STEM relate to all of this, and how to apply that wisdom in the work place.
One of the plant managers we visited with put it in the simplest of terms when he told us:  “ We need people who know how things work!”
In the past we could simply say the reason there weren’t more individuals with these skills was due to there not being enough people to fill the jobs, but that is no longer a valid excuse, as we graduate over 1200 high schools students in this area every year. 
Typically 15% to 18% of those graduates will finish with a two or four year degree at an institution of higher learning, and while we wish that number was much higher, the reality of that statistic is that we have a wide range of well paying jobs for those who spend the time gaining the right level of skills.
The good news about the challenges our area employers face is that we have the population numbers when it comes to students in our educational systems, and as equally important is that we have the quality educational facilities that can help them obtain the necessary skills.  At the same time, we have a continued demand for those skilled individuals by most of the employers in this area and region.
Our real challenge is to get those who represent the future workforce of this area to look at ALL of their options at an earlier age.   We think it’s great to have a choice about the future and hope those who are still in the educational pipeline will choose wisely.
“Educator’s Notes”
Sometimes it’s important to brag upon an educational facility that is accomplishing things way above and beyond what the standard level of effort is.  And since they won’t brag on themselves, we thought we would do a little bit of that for them.
Did you know that in the 2016/2017 school year, the Gordon Cooper Technology Center with campuses located here in Shawnee and Seminole had a 95% positive placement with their students?
That 95% equates to over 350 students obtaining a job, continuing their education or joining the military, and those occupations averaged an annual wage of over $14.51 per hour.  That means another $7 million in annual wages was added to our local and regional economy.
Coupled with that, the Gordon Cooper Technology Center Campuses hosted over 34,000 visitors this past year who were guests to the campus and not employees or students.  We can’t think of a better location for someone to gain a first impression than those campuses.
Additionally, this summer the Gordon Cooper Technology Center hosted over 300 elementary and middle school students in one STEM Camp that GC Tech hosted.  By partnering with North Rock Creek Schools, AVEDIS and Enviro Systems a diverse group of students were exposed to a wide range of STEM disciplines which will help them with the ongoing educational attainment and will also continue helping them to develop a higher skilled workforce in the years to come.
Pardon us for being braggadocios on someone else’s behalf, but we don’t think ANYONE in the state of Oklahoma does as good of a job in the promotion of STEM development as Gordon Cooper Technology…
“We Like ‘Em A Lot”  
Part of the economic development process that we hope to accomplish on a regular basis is to stay connected to those manufacturers in the area that are helping to generate wealth producing jobs, and who are focused on keeping the businesses they work for operating at an efficient level, while still keeping an eye on the future.
That might not sound like a big deal to some, but running a manufacturing facility at a highly effective and efficient level, while undertaking expansions, modernization and strategic plans for the future of a manufacturing facility is similar to changing an aircraft engine while it is in flight.  Simply put it’s not easy as it might sound.
Recently, we have been meeting with various manufacturers and the that means we are sitting down with the leaders of those organizations to gain their perspective on what the current status of the business is, what they see as their current greatest challenges and at the same time asking them to predict what the future holds for the facility that is a vital part of our local economy.
When we do this, sometimes it’s easy for us to see the character of the individual we are meeting with as they share not only the nuts and bolts of the daily operations, but they sometimes allow us to glimpse into what causes them to have concerns, or as we like to call it, what their points of pain are.
We also get to learn a bit more about these leaders that includes their personal background, what drives them to do what they do and how they interact with those who work with them.  We have found that the ones that rise to the top are those who have built a team around them and who understand that it takes a lot of different individuals to keep a manufacturing facility operating at maximum efficiency, in what may seem like a chaotic amount of activity.
One of the individuals we recently met with was someone we thought fit the characteristics we have already highlighted, as his character and management style makes him someone who is a natural leader.   We have no doubt that he would downplay his role as a leader, which simply confirms his low-key personality and his desire to deflect praise to those who work with him.
In addition to being a hard worker, having the capacity to see the big picture and possessing an abundance of energy, he is surrounded by a cadre of friends and family that share our enthusiasm for his sense of humor and his ability to quickly make friends.
The person we wish to recognize this week is Bryan Lucas.  If you know Bryan, give him a call, send him a note or an email, and tell him how much you appreciate all he does for Shawnee and for his employer, Georg Fischer + Central Plastics.
And if you don’t know him, make yourself a note as someone you have to meet.  Your life will be better for knowing him.
A-1 Staffing & Recruiting Agency:  Visit http://www.a1staffingok.com/apply-now.php or contact Brandy Helm at brandy@a1staffingok.com or 405-788-0001
Absentee Shawnee Tribe:  http://www.astribe.com/astribe/?reload
BancFirst-Shawnee:  Contact Deloris Page at dpage@bancfirst.com
Black Hawk Casino:  Contact Shirley McCormick at shirley.mccormick@blackhawkcasino.org
Blue Zones:  Send resumes to jon.werger@healthways.com or visit https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=sharecare&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US#
Buckle:  Apply online at http://corporate.buckle.com/careers following application contact the store to schedule interview at 405-878-0920 
Chick Fil A in Shawnee: Apply online only at http://www.work4cfashawnee.com/
City National Bank:  Visit https://www.cnb1901.com/ or contact 866-385-3444
City of Shawnee:  Visit http://www.shawneeok.org/jobs
Citizen Potawatomi Nation:  Visit http://www.firelakejobs.com/
Daliyah Greek House:  Contact Mazin at 580-235-8999 to set up an appointment and interview.  Restaurant located at 2033 N. Harrison, Shawnee OK.
Dickson Industries:  Visithttp://www.roadproonline.com
Eaton Corporation:  Apply online at www.eaton.com/careers, keyword Assembly
Enviro Systems:  Visit http://www.enviro-ok.com/careers/job-opportunities/ or email Personnel@enviro-ok.com
Express Employment Professionals:  Visit http://www.expresspros.com/ or contact David Kitts at 405-275-7575
Extreme Inflatables:  Visit http://extremeinflatables.com/EI/index.php.  To apply, contact us in person at 301 N. Oklahoma, Shawnee OK, call 405-878-0747or email apply@extremeinflatables.com
Farmers Insurance:  Contact Tim Seelig at 405-377-6671 or tim.binman@farmersagency.com
First National Bank:  Contact Darci Williams at 405-275-8830 or dwilliams@fnbokla.bank
First United Bank:  Contact Paul Bass at 405-273-6100 or paul@firstunitedbank.com
Freedom Personnel:  Contact Janet or Hyla at 405-275-9675
Gateway Pipeline LLC:  Visit http://www.gatewaypipeline.com and contact Kristin Paule at 405-275-0954
Georg Fischer:  Visit http://www.centralplastics.com, email Dani.Shields@georgfischer.com or call 405-878-3978
Global Production Solutions:  Visit http://www.globalproductionsolutions.com and contact Sherry Pennington at  spennington@gps-us.co
Indaco Metals:  Visit http://www.indacometals.com/ or contact Jordan McLaughlin at 405-273-9200
Jindal Films: Apply online at http://www.indeed.com/q-Jindal-Films-l-Shawnee,-OK-jobs.html or send resumes to careers@jindalfilms.com
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma:  Visit http://kickapootribeofoklahoma.com/ and contact Vasant Hanratagorn at 405-964-2075 ext. 107, 405-605-9390 or itoffice@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
Mills Machine Company:  Send resume to Mills Machine Company at 201 N. Oklahoma Ave., Shawnee OK 74801 or email it to chuck@millsmachine.com
Norwesco:  Email Coy Carpenter at coy.carpenter@norwesco.com
Oklahoma Baptist University:  Visit http://www.okbu.edu/businessaffairs/hr/jobs.html
Primrose Retirement Community:  Visit www.primrose-careers.com
Red Lobster:  Apply online at https://www.redlobster.com/employment/
Shawnee Milling Company:  Visithttp://www.shawneemilling.comand call Jane Lewis at 405-273-7003 ext. 314      
Shawnee News-Star:  Mail resume to Shawnee News-Star, PO Box 1688, Dept. 359, Shawnee OK 74802 or email to jalewis704@gmail.com
St. Gregory’s University:  Visit http://www.stgregorys.edu/about-us/employment Development Director and Systems Analyst – All interested candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and references to hr@stgregorys.edu.
TDK Ferrites:  (Workforce Oklahoma representing TDK) Contact Malisa Daniel at 405-275-2100 ext. 397 or by email at malisa.daniel@us.tdk.com
United Dynamics, Inc.:  Visit http://united-dynamics.com/ and contact Michelle Needham at 405-275-8041 ext. 280
Vyve Broadband:  Visit http://www.vyvebroadband.com/careers.html, call Angela at 914-234-8325, email employment@vyvebb.com and send resumes to career@vyvebb.com
Wolverine Tube:  Visit http://www.wlv.com/ and contact Express Employment Professionals  at 405-275-7575
HOW TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL JOBS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4
OBU –     Contact Oklahoma Baptist University and send them your job postings.  They can screen them and will be happy to
                  share them on their website.  – Visit their job board at https://okbu-csm.symplicity.com/
OSU –      Contact the Shawnee area Employer Development Coordinator Alicia Jackson (alicia.jackson@okstate.edu, 405-945-
8617) today to develop your personalized recruiting plan to Hire OSU Grads!
Shell Building Information:  http://sedf.biz/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Shell-Building-Flyer1.pdf
Downtown Façade Grant Program – The Historic Shawnee Alliance Is Now Accepting Applications
For a complete list of guidelines and the application, visit the HSA’s web site at: www.historic- shawnee.com or contact HSA member and city planning director, Justin DeBruin, at 878-1616.
August 4-6:  First Annual Firelake Fireflight Balloon Festival
Event is free and open to the public.
August 7:  Celebrate Pottawatomie County Teachers, sponsored by Avedis Foundation
8am-12:30pm at Heart of OK Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence St., Shawnee OK
August 9:  SEDF Board Meeting and Annual Unit Holder’s Meeting
9am at SEDF Conference Room, 131 N. Bell, Suite 208, Shawnee OK 74801
Additional Dates:  9/13/17; 10/11/17; 11/8/17; 12/13/17
August 17:  Job Fair
9a-1p at Galilee Baptist Church, 1025 E. 9th St., Shawnee OK 74801
Employers register at galileebc4@att.net.  For questions, call 405-878-1160
August 26:  Blue Zones Project Pottawatomie County Kick Off Celebration
10a-12p at Performing Arts and Athletic Center, Shawnee High School Gym
Free, Family-Friendly Event
For more information, go to their Facebook page.
September 4:  SEDF Office Closed for Labor Day
Additional Dates: 11/10/17 Veteran’s Day; 11/23-24/17 Thanksgiving; 12/25-26/17 Christmas
September 11:  Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament
9am at Shawnee Country Club
September 21:  Harvest for Hope Banquet Fundraiser, sponsored by COCAA
6-9p at Expo Center, 1700 W. Independence, Shawnee OK 74804
RSVP by August 30th to info@cocaa.org or 405-214-3426
Third Friday Each Month:  Downtown Block Party, presented by the Shawnee Art Guild
5-8pm in historic downtown Shawnee.  For more information, call 405-432-4131
Shawnee Senior Center Events:
Savvy Seniors: http://savvysenior.org/seniorresources.htm
English as a Second Language Class
6-8pm every Tuesday and Thursday, Pioneer Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Shawnee OK 74801.  Call Janie Davis at 405-273-3334 to register.
Yoga In The Park
6:30pm Every Tuesday at Sister City Park located at the intersection of Legacy and Airport Drive, Shawnee OK
Shawnee Little Theatre:
For show listings and more information, visit http://www.shawneelittletheatre.com or call 405-275-2805
tburg@sedf.biz   *  scaldwell@sedf.biz   *  www.sedf.biz  *  405-273-7490 * facebook.com/shawneeEDF

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