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Oklahoma business briefs for Feb. 5, 2020

EDMOND

Westlake Ace Hardware in Edmond relocates

Westlake Ace Hardware's store at 821 . Danforth in Edmond soon is relocating and will offer an expanded selection of products for its customers, officials said.

The existing store closed Feb. 1 and reopened Feb. 4 at 1101 W Danforth Rd. The new location boasts a 14,600-square-foot sales floor and a Backyard BBQ “store-within-a-store” concept offering grills and smokers from brands including Big Green Egg, Traeger, Weber, and Pit Barrel Cooker, as well as all the latest grilling tools, supplies and sauces.

The store will also include a new Westlake Pet Supply that will carry pet food, toys, grooming products, health supplies, bedding, carriers and treats.

“This new location will help us continue to provide our customers with the personalized service they’ve grown to rely upon, plus all of the best products available, packaged in a gorgeous, new space,” said Mike Bogle, the store's general manager.

NORMAN

Sooner HR Society meeting to cover employment law

February’s meeting of the Sooner HR Society will focus on federal and state employment law updates, officials said.

Adam W. Childers, co-chair of Crowe & Dunlevy’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, will present “2020 Vision … What Does the Year Ahead Hold in Store for Employment Law in Oklahoma?” at the group’s monthly meeting.

The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center at 901 N Porter Ave.

Registration is available at okhr.org/SHRS-Events.

Business Smart Workshop scheduled

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will present a Business Smart Workshop on Feb. 19 in Norman. The workshop is open to the public.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cleveland County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service office at 601 E Robinson St. The workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners in starting and operating a business successfully.

Oklahoma SBDC adviser, James Arati, will discuss business planning, marketing, budgeting and financing options. After the workshop, Arati will be available to meet with aspiring entrepreneurs to talk about their business questions or to register for business consulting.

The workshop registration fee is $25. Registration is available at business.oksbdc.org/Events.aspx

OKLAHOMA CITY

Express Employment Professionals awarded

ClearlyRated has awarded Express Employment Professionals with its Best of Staffing Client and Talent awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates, officials said.

Express received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 63.4% of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 24%. Nearly 68% of placed job candidates also gave Express a satisfaction score of 9 or 10 out of 10 compared to the industry average of 45%.

"Now more than ever, it is important for staffing firms to deliver consistently remarkable experiences to the clients and talent they work with,” ClearlyRated’s CEO Eric Gregg said. “This year’s Best of Staffing winners have shown their commitment to exceptional service, committing to not only measuring satisfaction, but taking action on the feedback.”

EES buys Abilene Celex Services

Energy and Environmental Services Inc. has purchased Texas-based oil-field chemical provider Abilene Celex Services LLC $325,000, officials said.

EES's management estimates that pro forma combined revenues for 2019 with Celex would be about $9.5 million. Officials said Celex contributes about $700,000 to that revenue amount after adjusting for intercompany transactions.

"Growth through acquisitions has proven successful for many companies in the past and we believe and are hopeful our strategy will produce a championship quality organization in our industry," said CEO Leon Joyce. "We are very excited about the individuals joining our team with the acquisition of Celex."

Eyemart Express celebrates 30 years in Oklahoma

Eyemart Express this month is celebrating 30 years in Oklahoma by giving back to the community, including school districts and military families in need at Tinker Air Force Base.

The optical retailer donated glasses repair and cleaning kits for students at Oklahoma City Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools. The company also provided 150 vouchers for free glasses to Tinker Air Force Base's Tinker Family Readiness Fund, which assists military families in need.

"We appreciate that Oklahomans have embraced our brand," said Bill Butler, Eyemart Express senior vice president of store operations. "We are proud to serve the Sooner State and look forward to strengthening our established relationships with local communities across it."

Trillium opens largest hydrogen transit refueling station

Trillium, a subsidiary of the Oklahoma City-based Love's Family of Companies, has opened North America's largest hydrogen transit refueling station in Santa Ana, California.

The hydrogen station will fill up a transit bus in six to 10 minutes, similar to diesel or CNG bus filling rates, making this the only zero-emission fuel choice that allows fleets to operate as usual. Ten buses are equipped for hydrogen, but the station allows the fleet to grow to 50 with only minimal additional capital costs.

“Trillium is excited to open this hydrogen fueling station, which will allow Santa Ana buses to run efficiently and produce no tailpipe emissions,” said JP Fjeld-Hansen, vice president of Trillium. “We appreciate that so many customers are trusting us to build their clean, renewable energy fueling systems. As more consumers demand clean, renewable energy, we stand ready to help them tackle these opportunities.”

TULSA

Energy partnership created

Clarion North America Energy announced a strategic partnership agreement with the U.S. Energy Storage Association, the national trade association for companies that develop and deploy energy storage technologies critical to modernizing the country's power grid.

By partnering with ESA, Clarion Energy North America events will increase and enhance coverage of energy storage and offer ESA members exposure to energy education, officials said. ESA member companies will present and speak at Clarion's events, including Full Conference Summit and Expo Hall Knowledge Hub content, preconference workshops and symposiums.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with ESA, the leading voice of the energy storage industry," said MaryBeth DeWitt, Clarion's senior vice president of North America Energy. "This partnership is a perfect alignment with many of our attendees and exhibitors who are interested in learning more about energy storage. Many are already implementing the technology at power plants and on the grid. At the same time, we feel ESA's members will benefit greatly from being involved with our events that have a deep history in the US electric power industry."

Persimmon Group names new president

Bill Fournet, Founder and CEO of the Tulsa-based Management Consulting firm The Persimmon Group, has named Sara Gallagher the company's new president. Fournet has been both CEO and president for the past 15 years. He will continue to be the company's CEO.

Gallagher has been a practicing consultant and global speaker for The Persimmon Group since 2012. She has served on the executive leadership team 2018 as vice president of delivery.

“This is something we have been working towards over the past year,” Fournet said. “For me to focus more on strategic initiatives, I wanted someone who I trusted could lead Persimmon in its day-to-day business with the same values, passion and focus on the customer. I found that in Sara.”

Persimmon also announced that Fournet is launching a new Persimmon initiative known as Lead for Tomorrow. The effort is a program of keynote speeches, workshops and strategic advisement for current and emerging leaders, delivered by Fournet.

Staff reports

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