The state of big business in Oklahoma

 Paycom Software Inc. campus at 7501 W Memorial Rd. in Oklahoma City. [Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma Inc. reflects state diversity, energy difficulties

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Economic development officials and state and city leaders for years have touted the diversification of Oklahoma's economy even as the oil and natural gas industry continued to grow. Now that the energy sector has slowed,...

Energy sector woes continue

Energy sector woes continue

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

After sweeping the Oklahoma Inc. top 10 in 2014, the state's energy sector tumbled this year as the ongoing oil price slump has eroded profits and halted much industry activity.

 Randall White, Educational Development Corp.’s president, chairman and CEO, said the company’s direct sales division is benefiting from a big push on social platforms such as Facebook. [Photo by Paul Monies, The Oklahoman]

Educational Development bucks Amazon, retools home book sales

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Educational Development Corp., the children's book publisher and distributor, took the No. 2 spot in this year's Oklahoma Inc. rankings, up from No. 22 in 2014.

 Left: Sonic’s Slush drink menu is seen on a menu board in Holmes, Pa. [AP File Photo]

Sonic sales zoom higher

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp.'s success is all about offering customers a large variety of rapidly changing menu items to keep its menu fresh. 

 Jason Hendrix, ClimateMaster sales team member, and ClimateMaster marketing coordinator Caleb Fox operate their booth during the Oklahoma Building Summit & Expo at Cox Convention Center in August. ClimateMaster is a subsidiary of LSB Industries. [PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

Manufacturing puts the pieces back together

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

With the energy boom over, two manufacturing companies made it back into this year's Oklahoma Inc. top 10 best performing publicly traded stocks.

 Forklift operator Bobby Smith works in the warehouse at ADDvantage Technologies in Broken Arrow, Okla., on October 10,2007, for business focus. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World

ADDvantage Technologies flips script on cable TV, telecom equipment

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Internet streaming has dented the demand for cable television, but one Oklahoma company servicing the industry said it can navigate a sea change in TV habits by continuing to offer the hardware behind the pictures.

 When former stockbroker Steven G. Bradshaw joined BOK in 1991, he never dreamed he’d one day be chief executive of a financial institution that employs nearly 5,000 people across eight states. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

BOK chief credits diversification for top 10 showing

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Ranked No. 10 on this year’s Oklahoma Inc. list, BOK Financial, parent company of Bank of Oklahoma and six other regional banks, generates half of its revenue through fee-based services. President and CEO Steven G....

 Product rolls out at Orchids Paper Products in Pryor. [PHOTO BY RICHARD MIZE, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Orchids Paper is on a roll

News Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Orchids Paper is rolling from coast to coast. The tissue and paper towel manufacturer in Pryor landed at No. 8 in this year's Oklahoma Inc. — the eighth-best publicly traded stock in the state.

 An oil pump works at sunset Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Consumer prices across the 19-country eurozone fell in September for the first time in half a year as energy prices tanked, official figures showed Wednesday, in a development that's likely to ratchet up pressure on the European Central Bank to give the region more stimulus. The 0.1 percent annual decline reported by Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, was widely anticipated following the recent drop in global oil prices. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

New public companies hurt by lower oil prices

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Lower oil prices haven't done any favors for most of the new companies showing up on this year's Oklahoma Inc. list.

How the Oklahoma Inc. rankings were determined

How the Oklahoma Inc. rankings were determined

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

For more than 15 years, The Oklahoman has worked with S&P Capital IQ to compile numbers using a system aimed at evaluating profitable growth.

 The employee lounge on the Paycom campus is seen. [Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman]

Paycom hits pay dirt in tech sector

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

As founder of Paycom Software Inc., CEO Chad Richison hopes Oklahoma is able to attract and create more technology companies.

  Carlin Conner  
 SemGroup Corp. CEO

SemGroup adds to pipeline inventory

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

TULSA — Despite depressed oil prices and slowing production throughout the country, Tulsa-based pipeline company SemGroup Corp. continues to expand both in its existing markets and in new pipeline areas.

 
               @bee4brendan — Instagram — Oklahoma City skyline

Company profiles

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

 Williams Cos. Inc. CEO Alan Armstrong stands in his office on top the Williams Center in downtown Tulsa. [PHOTO BY ADAM WILMOTH, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES]

Williams' success leads to takeover

News Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

One of the few energy-related financial success stories over the past year propelled Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. near the top of Oklahoma Inc., but also made it an irresistible target for Dallas-based Energy Transfer...

 Paycom campus a 7501 W Memorial Rd. in Oklahoma City, Friday October, 23 2015. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma service sector companies all experience growth over the year

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Oklahoma companies in the service sector, led by Paycom Software, reported growth for the year.

 Tulsa-based BOK Financial — parent company of Bank of Oklahoma and six other regional banks — generates half of its revenue through fee-based services. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

BOK chief credits diversification for top 10 showing

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Ranked No. 10 on this year’s Oklahoma Inc. list, BOK Financial, parent company of Bank of Oklahoma and six other regional banks, generates half of its revenue through fee-based services. President and CEO Steven G....

Publicly-traded banks surge to chart's top third

Publicly-traded banks surge to chart's top third

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

The state’s three publicly-traded financial companies advanced 12 to 26 notches to the top third of this year’s Oklahoma Inc. chart of the state’s 40 publicly-traded companies.

 Foundation Surgical Hospital of El Paso is one of three hospitals and 10 surgery centers Oklahoma City-based Foundation Healthcare Inc. owns in seven states. The company plans to buy two more hospitals in 2016. [Photo provided]

Foundation Healthcare has a solid base for expansion

Business Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Foundation Healthcare has about 1,000 employees, including 150 in Oklahoma. The company has three hospitals and 10 surgery centers in seven states. Over the next year, Foundation plans to buy two more hospitals, expanding...

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