The Oklahoma Workforce Association held their annual Alumni celebration November of last year. This annual event recognizes the success of individuals and the effectiveness of the public workforce system in the state of Oklahoma. Morcon and our very own John Dunbar were recognized at this event as a 2019 Business Leader of the Year.
In early 2018, Morcon set their site on Oklahoma to open their third Manufacturing plant in Tulsa, and with the help of the Tulsa Regional Chamber and Workforce Tulsa, we started to develop our blueprint for the move. Our third facility in Tulsa opened in July 2019 and we’ve been committed to providing employment opportunities to the residents of Tulsa while working with Workforce Tulsa as the exclusive recruiting source for all their open positions.
Project Director for Workforce Tulsa, Kyle Smith and his staff, continuously communicated with Morcon to learn the layout of Tulsa and identify the employment needs of the community. Morcon has trusted Workforce Tulsa and its database of partners to help fill the hiring needs of the company through direct hiring, Work Experience and On-the-Job Training opportunities. Goodwill Industries and their leadership also assisted when their facility was needed for on-boarding. They also committed to providing forklift training and credentialing for candidates interested in working for Morcon. Many participants were willing and able to work but often had one or multiple barriers that would affect their opportunity to obtain or retain employment; therefore, Workforce Tulsa ensured each person had access to supportive services such as transportation, steel toe boots, and other necessary supports.
Morcon became Workforce Tulsa’s first exclusive employer through the hard work of Kyle Smith, Chris Raccuia, VP of Operations for Morcon, and John Dunbar, Tulsa Plant Manager. Morcon has taken advantage of the many resources available in Tulsa for workforce education and development. From the start, Morcon has participated in Workforce Tulsa’s partner meetings and worked with organizations such as Manpower to gain knowledge of Tulsa’s market and best practices to make us the premiere manufacturing choice in the area.
Morcon has been able to provide many opportunities for job seekers to gain work experience, training on the job and full-time employment. Through collaboration with Workforce Tulsa, we were able to save over $173k in startup costs. We have also retained several candidates who have created a foundation of our company’s culture and operational structure. We are so proud of our Tulsa Plant Manager and the great work he has done alongside the city of Tulsa this past year. We are excited for what 2020 holds!
Source: Oklahoma Works 2019 Annual Alumni Celebration Program Book