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Oklahoma business briefs for Feb. 11, 2020

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance Receives Improved Credit Rating

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance’s Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (ICR) outlook recently was improved from stable to positive by A.M. Best Rating Services Inc., a national credit rating service that specializes in insurance.

The rating service also affirmed the company’s Financial Strength Rating at B++ (Good). These Credit Ratings reflect Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorizes as strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

According to the report, the revision of the Long-Term ICR outlook to positive reflects the group’s continued improvement in balance sheet strength, as well as anticipated improvement in its current assessment level of strong.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our company, and the progress we have made in the past four years to set it up for success,” said Gary Buckner, executive vice president and general manager of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance. “We look forward to continued financial improvement, so we can focus on providing insurance products and services that protect our friends and neighbors across the state.”

Love’s Travel Stops to hold job fair

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has scheduled a one-day job fair for Feb. 25 to hire new employees for full-time and part-time roles as tire technicians, mechanic apprentices and diesel mechanics at its one-day hiring event. The event is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at more than 380 Love’s Truck Care Center and Speedco locations nationwide.

Applicants interested in full-time or part-time positions can visit any Love’s Truck Care Center or Speedco location and learn more about working at Love’s and be interviewed on-site. Qualified candidates can be offered jobs on the spot contingent upon prescreening requirements and will receive a free hot dog and drink when they apply.

Interested candidates should bring copies of their resume. They must possess a valid driver’s license and expect to submit to a drug screen, officials said. Registration is available at

Energy industry learning unit visits Mark Twain Elementary

Devon Energy Corp. sponsored Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) visits to Oklahoma schools this week — including Mark Twain Elementary in Oklahoma City — to help students better understand the roles they can play in the energy industry.

The unit offers six sections focusing on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) drive the oil and gas industry. It has 24 displays and activities, such as microslide viewing, drill bits exploration and robotics simulators.

“The MOLU helps students understand how important STEM fields are in our industry,” said Tangi Smith, community relations specialist for Devon. “Today’s children are tomorrow’s innovators, and we want them to see the bright future they can have in technical fields.”

Staff reports