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Student art to promote oil field safety

Twenty-one elementary school students throughout the state have been selected to display their original artwork illustrating the dangers of well sites at the Capitol on Tuesday.

The students were chosen from more than 3,000 applicants in the OERB’s Well Site Safety Coloring Contest and Well Site Safety Poster Contest. The coloring and poster contests highlight the messages of the OERB’s “Well Sites are Duh-Duh Dangerous” campaign, which educates young students about the dangers of playing on or around oilfield equipment.

The OERB’s Well Site Safety program was created in 1996 in response to a fatal accident involving young kids playing around a tank battery. Since then, the OERB has developed free safety materials and videos that are given to schools all over the state. For more information on these programs visit OERBHomeRoom.com.


Kirby-Smith Machinery opens McAlester facility

Kirby-Smith Machinery Inc. this week celebrated the grand opening of its facility in McAlester, the 11th location in its network of sales and service branches across a four-state region.

This facility provides new and existing customers in southeastern Oklahoma with a heavy equipment dealership, including new and used equipment inventory for sale and rent and service in the shop and field. The McAlester branch also is expected to improve coverage options for customers located between the heavy equipment distributor’s Tulsa and Dallas branches.

“We’re excited to be opening this new facility in McAlester and enjoyed celebrating with the community at our grand opening event yesterday,” branch manager Bruce Taylor said. “We’re proud to be expanding our heavy equipment footprint in the Southeast Oklahoma area, while providing additional jobs in the community of McAlester.”