WellMark hires two executives
The WellMark Co., an Oklahoma City oil-field equipment manufacturer, has hired John Miller as chief financial officer and Mike Easton as director of engineering. Miller most recently was director of finance for Electro-Motive Diesel, while Easton, a University of Central Oklahoma graduate, was engineering manager for Circor Energy Products. “We are thrilled to welcome Mike and John to the WellMark team,” CEO Luis Gomez said. “Both of them are passionate and dedicated to their jobs, and we are excited about growing our staff.” WellMark started in 1981 with one product line; now it produces a range of liquid and pneumatic controls and valves for the petroleum and petrochemical industries.
Syntroleum awaits response
TULSA — Syntroleum Corp. has won a victory in its patent dispute with a Finnish refining company, the company announced Thursday. Syntroleum said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's patent trial and appeal board issued an order Wednesday instituting a review of all Neste Oil patent claims. The board's order concludes “there is a reasonable likelihood that Syntroleum would prevail” on the patent claims based on the information presented. Neste has until Nov. 4 to respond to Syntroleum's petition. Syntroleum will get its chance to respond before oral arguments, which are scheduled for April 1. Syntroleum has denied Neste's infringement claims.
Adoption foundation honors PSO
The parent company of Tulsa-based Public Service Co. of Oklahoma has been named one of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's most adoption-friendly workplaces for the seventh straight year. American Electric Power reimburses employees for up to $3,000 in adoption-related expenses, while providing up to 40 hours of paid leave for new adoptive parents. The Ohio-based company has assisted employees with 72 adoptions since 2007. “We recognize the value of offering family-friendly programs to our employees and understand the positive impact that adoption can have on our employees, the community, and most importantly, the lives of children,” said Curt Cooper, AEP's director of employee benefits.