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Manufacturing Expertise Affects Energy Industry

Kimray Inc. has been manufacturing equipment to tap into energy resources worldwide for more than 60 years.
Manufacturing Expertise Affects Energy Industry

Manufacturing Expertise Affects Energy Industry

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Show 1439: Manufacturing Expertise Affects Energy Industry
Air Date: September 28, 2014



Rob McClendon: Well, domestic energy production is a significant factor in the United States’ rebounding manufacturing sector. Cheap natural gas helps manufacturers of steel and petrochemicals compete at better price points, while domestic demand for energy-related equipment is at an all time high. With more here is our Alisa Hines.

Alisa Hines: Rob, the Oklahoma City-based Kimray Co. has been manufacturing equipment to tap into our energy resources for over six decades – giving the company an expertise that has made them a worldwide leader.

Alisa: Parts are moving down the line at Kimray Inc.

Jim Cameron: We manufacture control valves, regulators, liquid level controls, temperature controls – devices to help extract oil and natural gas from the earth.

Alisa: Kimray’s Jim Cameron says they provide jobs that won’t be sent overseas.

Cameron: Our products are made here. We basically start from scratch in the machine shop. The machinists, welders, painters and technicians -- they build the components from raw materials and components that are American-made. They ship them to the assembly department, and each unit is assembled and individually tested. We know it’s important. The environment those products are going into is critical. So we want to make sure it functions properly before we box it or crate it and ship it from Oklahoma City to points around the world.

Alisa: Machine shop supervisor Russell Hale says today’s manufacturing is constantly changing for the better.

Russell Hale: If you look at any industry, manufacturing is the basis for everything that’s going on in the economy. Everything has to come from somewhere. There is much more technology involved in the design and application of tooling and how tooling is run. We’re currently taking on an initiative of upgrading our tooling within the manufacturing, and we have some training programs going on with our leadership and with our employees on these new technologies because it’s faster and harder than what we’ve run in the past.

Alisa: And there’s a reason they’re still in business in Oklahoma after 65 years.

Cameron: You know, we started here. The workforce here, there seems to be a capacity for hard work, for the flexibility when, you know, when you’re called on to work harder or longer. There’s an optimism.

Alisa: A workforce that’s keeping Kimray committed to Oklahoma.

Cameron: The people we hire here, the people that work for Kimray, some for up to 45 years, Kimray just believes that they are like family. It’s extended family. I believe we contribute to Oklahoma because we provide secure, good-paying manufacturing jobs.

Alisa: And according to Hale, soft skills like coming to work on time are just as important as technical skills.

Hale: The character of the employee means a lot to Kimray. A particular job can be taught but the character of the individual is -- they have it or they don’t have it. They come with that. And that’s what Kimray is really looking for, that experience and that character, that moral character that the employees have.

Alisa: Keeping Oklahoma manufacturing and Oklahoma jobs right here in Oklahoma.

Alisa: And last year sales of energy-related goods surpassed those of aerospace as our country’s top export.