Manufacturers, educators, workforce partners and students gathered Tuesday morning to honor Oklahoma’s emerging manufacturing leaders at the 2019 OK2GROW Dream It. Do It. Kickoff Breakfast. The event, hosted by Dream It, Do It Oklahoma, recognized 46 honorees from across the Tulsa region.

Honorees from Claremore included:

  •   Kory Hindenburg, Senior Project Engineer, CF Industries
  •   James (JD) Jones, Maintenance Superintendent, CF Industries
  •   Matthew McClure, Manufacturing Manager, Blue Arc Metal Specialties
  •   Steven Statton, Production Manager, MST Manufacturing

    More than 250 people attended this morning’s event celebrating the next generation of manufacturing leadership in Oklahoma. Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, Sean Kouplen, addressed the award recipients, stressing the impact of manufacturing on Oklahoma’s economy and congratulated the honorees on their role in driving Oklahoma towards becoming a top ten state.

    “We are proud to have a strong representation of young manufacturing leaders recognized each year from Claremore, highlighting our community’s robust industrial sector” said Ryan Neely, Chairman for the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority. “Their individual successes validate that manufacturing careers are relevant, obtainable and desirable career pathways.”

    Award recipients were nominated by area manufacturing employers for displaying great potential in their career. Dream It Do It Oklahoma, an initiative of OK2Grow, works to develop the workforce pipeline by raising awareness of manufacturing careers, and their importance to the economic wealth of Oklahoma. Additionally, Dream It Do It Oklahoma facilities classroom visits, industry tours, internship opportunities, and other activities for area students.

    If you are interested in getting involved with manufacturing talent pipeline efforts in Claremore, contact Meggie Froman-Knight, CIEDA Talent Development Manager at 918-283-8240.