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Roots Run Deep

On display at the Oklahoma History Museum is the restored first-production model of the compact service trenching machine. It was designed and developed in the 1940s by Ed Malzahn in a family blacksmith shop in Perry, Oklahoma.  The trenching machine, which revolutionized the industry worldwide, assists in the construction process of installing underground essential utilities in the gas, water and...

A Sturdy Foundation

A true Tulsa hometown company since 1988, Becco Contractors Inc. started small. General superintendent Chad Smith tells how his dad started Becco in the family garage with a backhoe, a dump truck, a trailer and five employees ... and their first job was digging a dog’s grave for $88.  Becco grew by focusing on municipal, county and state needs, and...

Upgrades and Makeovers

Thanks to voters’ passing the Improve Our Tulsa package in November, the city will get some nuts-and-bolts makeovers this year. “Improve Our Tulsa is the main funding source for core city services, including street maintenance, improvements at city facilities, even police and fire services,” says Chris Wylie, vice president of communications with the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The funding package...

Great Companies to Work For

What makes a company appealing to potential employees depends on who you ask. Some common answers, however, remain consistent across the board: flexible hours; substantial vacation days; quality insurance benefits; retirement packages; a strong pool of coworkers and management. Other draws are the intangible perks: a collaborative work environment; a sense of feeling appreciated; room for creativity and out-of-the-box...