Oklahoma business briefs for May 8, 2014

Oklahoma business briefs for May 8, 2014
Oklahoman Published: May 8, 2014
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Arvest Bank plans phone survey

More than 1,200 consumers in a three-state area will complete phone surveys over the next several weeks for Arvest Bank’s poll on economic expectations and the outlook of consumers in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. The Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey will measure respondents’ opinions on their personal financial situation, future plans and general feelings about the economy. The effort is aimed at providing a comparison with the national Surveys of Consumers conducted monthly by the University of Michigan for Thomson/Reuters. The results of Arvest’s first telephone survey, conducted by the University of Oklahoma’s Public Opinion Learning Laboratory, will establish a baseline for future comparison of subsequent surveys that will be conducted every six months. The results of the poll are expected to be released in about two months.

Norman firm gains certification

Allied Custom Gypsum has been certified by the British Retail Consortium, the world’s largest provider of safety and quality standards programs for food manufacturing, packaging, storage, distribution and consumer products. The company is a worldwide provider of gypsum products, including ACG Terra Alba, an economical food additive and pharmaceutical-grade calcium sulfate. “We are extremely pleased to make the announcement of our certification and become the first and only certified calcium sulfate supplier,” said Jim Hill, the Norman company’s vice president of marketing. “At ACG, we understand the responsibility inherent in processing and packaging food and pharmaceutical grade calcium sulfate. That’s why we have dedicated one of our two grinding facilities to the production of food and pharmaceutical grade calcium sulfate.”

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