Dean McGee receives $100K grant
The Dean McGee Eye Institute will upgrade and enhance its basic research capabilities, thanks to a $100,000 gift from The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. The donation from the Ardmore-based Noble Foundation donation will help support the $3.6 million renovation and expansion of a 7,750-square-foot facility that is double the size of the prior facility. It also will let the institute and the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology more effectively conduct biomedical vision research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Research to Prevent Blindness and other agencies.
OGE unveils treasurer, dividend
OGE Energy Corp. on Wednesday said Chuck Walworth has been appointed treasurer for the company and subsidiary Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. Walworth has worked in corporate finance for OGE since 2005. He was named assistant treasurer in 2012. “In his years with OGE, Chuck has shown leadership and a proven ability to manage our treasury function,” CEO Pete Delaney said. OGE also announced it will pay a second-quarter dividend of 22.5 cents a share on April 30. That amount is unchanged from the previous quarter.
State gets OK to intervene in suit
A federal judge in Denver has granted Oklahoma’s request to intervene in the settlement of an environmental group’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over emissions in Oklahoma and other states, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday. “We’re thankful the court granted our request to intervene so that we can protect the best interests of the citizens and state of Oklahoma,” Pruitt said. Wild Earth Guardians sued the EPA to spur enforcement of emission standards for nitrogen dioxide. Oklahoma has been preparing its state plan to maintain compliance with federal standards since 2011. It was made available for public comment in January.
Excellence wins capital funds
TULSA — Excellence Engineering recently received a growth capital investment from Argonaut Private Equity, an affiliate of banker and oilman George B. Kaiser. “This is an important step for us as we continue to grow our overall business,” owner Dee Hays said. “In addition to continuing to grow our design business, the added resources will allow us to offer complete assembly and fabrication of control systems for the growing energy markets.”
From Staff Reports