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OK Energy Today: State Chamber of Oklahoma Celebrates Manufacturing Month

Published Thursday, October 8, 2020
by State Chamber of Oklahoma


(Cosmetic Specialty Labs, a fourth-generation family company, manufactures hair, skin and body products, as well as over-the-counter drugs, at a facility in Lawton.)


The State Chamber of Commerce and its members joined Gov. Kevin Stitt to celebrate October as Manufacturing Month and promote the Oklahoma’s manufacturing industry.


Stitt signed a proclamation honoring the manufacturing sector, which is advancing human progress and providing rewarding careers for Oklahomans.


“Manufacturing plays a vital role in our state economy,” said State Chamber President and CEO Chad Warmington. “The companies and people who build things right here in Oklahoma provide opportunities and 138,000 jobs, creating stable careers for people of all educational backgrounds. We are proud to honor modern manufacturing businesses and to help ensure Oklahoma remains a great place to operate.”


Jennifer Ellis is the president and CEO of Cosmetic Specialty Labs (CSL) in Lawton. The company produces hair, skin and body products, as well as over-the-counter drugs. Early in the pandemic, CSL shifted part of its production to hand sanitizer.


“As a fourth-generation family company, we understand the value of maintaining Oklahoma’s manufacturing base,” Ellis said. “We offer a wide variety of jobs and bring economic development to the state by creating products for international markets, but we’re also ready to step up to help with domestic needs. We appreciate the governor’s recognition of the vital role we play.”


Along with homegrown companies such as CSL, Oklahoma supports global manufacturers like Goodyear.


“As one of the world’s largest tire companies with operations all over the globe, Goodyear is proud to call Lawton, Oklahoma, home to one of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities,” said Lester Brooks, Goodyear-Lawton manufacturing director. “We deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication of our Lawton associates who make the quality tires that keep our customers moving forward.”


Manufacturing Month provides students, parents, teachers and community leaders a chance to see the promising career opportunities in modern manufacturing.