News from Enid, Oklahoma


It’s time to share some good news. I am pleased to announce that despite the recent economic challenges, we have exciting business expansions happening in Enid! Over the past month, there have been 120 new jobs and over $10 million in expansion plans announced. Expansions at a time like this are important to the health of our overall economy. When manufactures expand, they not only increase job opportunities for their own employees, but jobs also increase throughout their supply chain, creating a ripple effect through other companies. While I don’t want to discount the number of businesses who are truly struggling to recover from this shut down, I am optimistic about the opportunities I see for Enid long-term. The infrastructure assets and quality of life amenities offered in Enid are more attractive than ever to businesses and people who are looking to move out of the over-crowded, expensive, and over-regulated areas of the country. The ERDA Board and our Corporate Members are developing a strategic vision to ensure Enid is ready to grow in this new economy.

Thank you to all of our Enid employers, large and small, for doing the hard work to stay in business during this pandemic. If you have questions and don’t know who to ask, please give us a call. ERDA is here to ensure that our local businesses say open, strong and growing and we want to work with you!

Use these links below to find more information:
Summit Truck Group Makes Plans to Grow
Summit Truck Group is planning a $2.5 million investment to build a new 10 acre facility located near the intersection of Hwy. 412 and 42nd St. next to the Love's Travel Stop. The new facility will allow Summit to double their operation and add 14 new jobs.

On Tuesday, May 20, City of Enid Commissioners approved an agreement to improve the extending of industrial grade road on Randolph to allow for the construction of the new facility.

Summit Truck Group is the largest International Truck Dealer in North America. Currently operates 26 commercial truck and bus dealerships in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Summit was formed in 2014 with the merge of Diamond Companies and Roberts Truck Center. The Enid location specializes in parts and services. The Enid service department is qualified to perform warranty work for International trucks as well as Cummins engines, Caterpillar engines, Eaton components, Bendix, and more.

More information regarding the expansion will be released soon.
SBA Issues Rules and Application for PPP Loan Forgiveness
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released the rules and application to receive forgiveness on Payroll Protection Program

If you received assistance, we encourage you to contact your lender to make sure you are both on the same page.

PPP loans are still available for businesses who have yet to apply.

Brady Sidwell joins Federal Reserve Bank Oklahoma City Branch Board of Directors
Brady Sidwell, Founder and President of Sidwell Strategies recently joined the Federal Reserve Bank - Oklahoma City Branch Board of Directors.

“Essentially my voice is the agriculture voice,” Sidwell said. “It’s also about gaining insight as to where other industries are relative to agriculture, and hopefully being able to generate ideas and have input into how the economic model is evolving.”

We are proud to have Sidwell Strategies as a member of ERDA and congratulate Brady on being selected to serve on the board to represent the agriculture industry and NW Oklahoma!

EYP Accepting 10 Under 40 Nominations
Enid Young Professionals (EYP) is accepting nominations for the 9th Annual 10 Under 40 Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place on Tuesday, August 25th at 11:30 am at the Stride Bank Center. Enid Young Professionals 10 Under 40 event recognizes the top ten Enid community members under the age of 40. These individuals demonstrate qualities of a well-rounded individual who has excelled in multiple areas, including professional and community aspects.

Nominations will be accepted until June 26th.

The Sequential Consequences of China Ripple Effects from COVID-19.
Catalyst Connection recently held a webinar with Dennis Unkovic & David Iwinski Jr. to explore the ramifications of the COVID-19 virus, starting with the initial impact at the center of the virus in China, then in terms of the short-term effects on business and finally the long-term impact on trade and global supply chains.

Community Blood Drive
May 26th 1-4pm
City of Enid - Council Chambers
Oklahoma Blood Institute has established a number of new policies to ensure donor safety, including social distancing measures, additional cleaning and more. Donating blood is safe and easy so please call your local blood center and make an appointment today.”
Krista Roberts, CEO
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Loyal local business clients aided homegrown staffing agency’s rise

Darren Janes literally grew up in the staffing industry. His mother Kathy Janes started TPI Staffing Service out of her home in 1989. That summer, at age 14, he served as her first employee, answering phones and interviewing applicants while she met with clients.
A graduate of Oklahoma State, Darren returned to the family business in 2006 to help grow and expand the company. It has since gone from one employee in one office to 17 full-time employees in two offices who connect thousands of workers with seasonal and permanent positions in a wide range of industries each year.