Business FYI: Oklahoma LED updates Ponca City schools lighting
Aug 6, 2017
Tulsa-based Oklahoma LED has completed a full LED lighting retrofit conversion for Ponca City Public Schools, adding up to the largest annual energy savings of more than $325,000 per year, reducing the lighting energy district wide by 67 percent, the company announced.
Company President Josef Schrader, Ponca City leaders and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority presented a rebate check for $96,553.88 during the school board meeting July 17.
The lighting upgrade included 13,000 light fixtures throughout the campus and reduced the kilowatt hours from 4.29 million to 1.34 million.
Linde Engineering marks 1 million safe hours over four-year span
Linde Engineering North America’s Port of Catoosa fabrication facility credits ongoing training and a safety-minded culture for operating four years without a recordable safety incident or injury.
“This is a remarkable accomplishment and one the entire LENA family is very proud of,” said President and CEO Jason Cooper. “A commitment to safety not only keeps our employees healthy but also contributes to our customers receiving the best possible products and service.”
Management of LENA’s fabrication shop credits a number of factors to its safety record. According to Eric Sandefur, head of the company’s nanufacturing, this includes training activities, workplace signage, communication and a commitment to continuous improvement.A recordable incident is considered any work-related fatality, any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job or an injury or illness that requires medical treatment beyond first aid.
Cherokee Nation youth program finds summer jobs for 726
The Cherokee Nation Summer Youth Employment Program placed 726 Native youths in jobs in June and July, helping them gain valuable work experience and income for high school, college and other needs.
The program, administered by the tribe’s Career Services department, helped 726 youths ages 16-24 work 40 hours a week for eight weeks. They earned $7.25 per hour for a total potential income of $2,320 each, and a collective $1.6 million in summer wages.
While many of the young participants worked within Cherokee Nation departments across the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction, the program also found opportunities in the public and private sectors, including in schools and businesses.
Labor Department seeks survey participants in construction jobs
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a survey of residential construction projects in metropolitan Oklahoma counties to help establish prevailing wage rates as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.
The division is collecting data on wages paid to workers on all residential construction projects statewide from Oct. 1, 2015, to Jan. 31, 2017. The survey is not limited to federally funded projects.
Without a high level of survey participation, the state’s wage rates will not reflect actual wages and will prevent proper and accurate wage determinations from being created, leading to an increase in requests for additional classifications.
Counties in the survey include Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa and Wagoner.
To participate, call 214-749-2021 or visit bit.ly/oklaborsurvey.
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