Claremore Daily Progress

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March 4, 2012

Costello honors Pelco with new award

Entrepreneurial spirit lauded

CLAREMORE — Labor Commissioner Mark Costello presented Phil Albert, President of Pelco Structural, LLC with the first Entrepreneurial Excellence Award in Oklahoma for 2012. The presentation was held Fridaty at Pelco’s facility in Claremore.

Pelco Structural is a manufacturer of tubular steel transmission poles, distribution, traffic and sports lighting poles.

Costello spoke about the importance of entrepreneurs in Oklahoma. The first people that settled here where entrepreneurs. They came here with no expectation of a profit but from that spirit of entrepreneurs the fields of oil fields, aviation industry and much more, he said.

“It is that entrepreneurial spirit to under take something to do something. Of all the companies we looked at in Oklahoma,  the one I felt should be the very the first one to receive the award was Pelco,” Costello said.

Pelco’s dedication to safety, employees and the community were just a few of the reasons they were selected for this award, according to Costello.

In addition to the award, a Citation of Excellence was presented on behalf of the state legislature.

Albert thanked various community members for their support and emphasized the role of the Port of Catoosa.

The port provides great opportunities and is an important part of what Pelco does, according to Albert.

 “Opportunity like this do not happen without the proper foundation and we have this, we have it all in Claremore,” Albert said.

Pelco was recently praised for winning a $300 million commitment with Clean Line Energy Partners LLC to be their preferred supplier for the tubular steel transmission structures used to move America’s vast renewable wind energy resources from Western Oklahoma to markets in Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and North Carolina.

Costello stated, “In my first year as Labor Commissioner, I traveled the state promoting our OSHA Safety Pays Consultation Program. While traveling I visited some amazing companies and each business owner had a unique story about why they started their company and how it has evolved over the years.

“I want to honor these entrepreneurs for their commitment to Oklahoma and for their success in creating opportunities for other Oklahomans to earn a living through private sector jobs.”

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