Call center to add 100 jobs
BARTLESVILLE — A call center in Bartlesville is adding 100 positions to accommodate demands from a new customer. Sitel held a job fair on Thursday and says it is hiring customer service agents and support staff. The positions will be filled during April and May. The company says its new client is one of the nation's largest providers of cable television and broadband services. Sitel didn't name the new customer. Sitel is a privately held company that's owned by Onex Corp. of Canada.
Barbecue-judging class set
STILLWATER — A class on barbecue judging will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27 at Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center. The class is designed to help participants gain judging experience and improve their taste-testing skills; attendees also receive a certified judging manual and a judging badge. It will be taught by Ed Roith, of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Cost is $60 for society members and $85 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit www.fapc.biz/workshops/bbqclass.
Insurance firm salutes agencies
TULSA — Fourteen agencies were given BlueLeaders status by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma for 2013-2014. Additionally, 12 previous members maintained their status and two new agencies — Capitol Benefits Group and Summit Financial Group — joined the program. BlueLeaders are the insurer's top performing agents in new group sales and retention. Agencies achieving BlueLeaders status include: Bainswest; Wilcox & McGrath Insurance; Bigbie, Hensley & Janway Insurance Agency; CABA; Capitol Benefits Group; Catalyst Benefits Group; Dillingham Benefits; Gallagher Benefit Services; Maschino, Hudelson & Associates; Plan Benefit Analysts; Stockton & Associates; Strategic Employee Benefit Services of Oklahoma; Summit Financial Group; and Willis of Oklahoma.
OMRF earns ‘best places' honor
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation was named one of the “Best Places to Work for Postdocs” by The Scientist magazine. It's the third straight year the foundation has received the honor and, this year, OMRF moved up from fifth to third best among U.S. and international research institutions. Rankings were based on surveys of postdoctoral fellows, who were asked to rate the quality of the facilities, training, communication, pay and benefits. The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation was the only Oklahoma institution included on the list, which The Scientist published this week.
BCI Broadband plans state access
BCI Broadband is expanding its presence in Oklahoma with a new deal to purchase of all the assets of James Cable, a cable provider operating under the brand name Mediastream, with customers in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Wyoming and Colorado. The transaction is expected to close midyear. Additionally, BCI closed a deal Thursday with Allegiance cable systems, another service provider with 150,000 customers across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas.
Bakken oil field pipeline proposed
DOUGLAS, Wyo. — A company proposes to build a nearly 500-mile pipeline that would feed oil from North Dakota's booming Bakken oil field into another pipeline in eastern Wyoming. The 12-inch pipeline would cost $300 million. Initial capacity would be 50,000 barrels a day but the pipe could handle up to twice that. Oil would begin flowing in August 2014. The pipeline is proposed by Hiland Crude, a subsidiary of Oklahoma-based Hiland Partners. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Hiland Vice President Jim Suttle discussed the pipeline with Converse County commissioners in Douglas on Wednesday. Suttle told the commissioners the goal is to get the Bakken oil to a hub in Cushing, where the oil would fetch a better price. The pipeline would connect at Guernsey to the Pony Express Pipeline under development.
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