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Chaparral’s growth in 25 years exceeds founders’ dream

Oklahoma City-based Chaparral Energy will celebrate its 25th anniversary next week. The privately held company has more than 750 employees and plans to continue growing rapidly.

BY ADAM WILMOTH Published: March 22, 2013

In the spring of 1988, oil companies were slashing jobs throughout the country as crashing oil prices sparked a deep industry downturn.

In the midst of that difficult environment, brothers Mark and Chuck Fischer co-founded Oklahoma City oil company Chaparral Energy Corp.

“Because of that time...
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