Entry-level employees at Oklahoma City’s Kimray Inc. received a boost in pay this week as the oil and gas equipment manufacturer raised its hourly minimum wage to $12.50, up from $10.50.
The increase applies to both regular and temporary employees. Kimray representatives said about 225 of the company’s 800 employees will be covered by its new minimum wage. Other employees can expect wage adjustments or increases, but Kimray was still making those determinations.
“At Kimray, we believe in taking care of our employees and their families, and increasing our starting pay is one way we can put this value into practice,” said Tom Hill, chairman and CEO of the Kimray board of directors. “We develop programs and provide benefits that not only help our employees at work, but also in their homes and the community.”
Minimum wage low
At $7.25, Oklahoma’s minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have higher minimum wages than the federal minimum wage. President Barack Obama has proposed a new federal minimum wage of $10.10.
Kimray also said it was increasing its shift differential, the extra amount paid to second- and third-shift employees, to 15 percent, up from 10 percent.
“I’m excited that Kimray is taking this step,” said Shad Glass, Kimray’s vice president of human resources and organizational development. “Now we can add a competitive base wage and an industry-leading shift differential to our already impressive benefits package for our employees.”
New campus planned
Kimray, which was founded in 1948, makes pumps, valves, controls and other oil-field equipment. The company recently announced plans for a new 390,000 square-foot campus at the northwest corner of Eastern Avenue and Britton Road.
Kimray’s website shows several openings, including jobs for machinists and engineers as well as warehouse and sales positions. For more information, go online to www.kimray.com/careers.
I’m excited that Kimray is taking this step.”
Kimray’s vice president of human resources and organizational development