How STEP Funding Services Help Local Companies Expand

The below interview originally ran in the January 2017 edition of The New Pioneer magazine. It is reproduced here with the express written permission of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Q&A with Charles D. Mills, President of Mills Machine Company, on his company’s use of the State Trade Expansion Grant Program offered through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. What initially made you decided to apply for the STEP grant? “Since…

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Oklahoma exporter spotlight: Mills Machine Co.

One of the more common questions a drilling manufacturing company head always gets in times of cheap oil is how badly is it impacting their business. Yet Oklahoma’s Mills Machine Co. faces no such problems, as the company’s diverse product line for all earth drilling needs, from the water well to mining industries keeps it in a regular supply of customers. We spoke with OKGIT member and Mills Machine Co.…

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OKGIT’s Chuck Mills: Export-Import Bank is vital to America’s heartland

As the deadline for renewal of the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ charter approaches at the end of June, some congressional representatives promise they’ll allow the vital American economic tool’s existence to lapse. In an article by Andrew Taylor of the Associated Press, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said he wants the bank’s charter to expire without a vote and said that “the momentum is in our…

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Governor Fallin recognizes Oklahoma exporters at OK World Trade Conference

While the focus of presenters at the 32nd annual Oklahoma World Trade Conference was raising Oklahoma companies’ online profile and protecting their digital assets once there, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin was on hand to present awards to six companies for their more traditional exporting work. The 2015 Oklahoma Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting went to Broken Arrow, Okla.-based Control Devices Inc. The firm is a leading manufacturer of pipeline…

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(Left to right) Commissioner Larry Costello, Rep. Justin Wood, Chuck Mills, Sen. Ron Sharp, Shawnee Mayor Wes Mainord.)

Mills Machine Co. investment in Oklahoma recognized with state entrepreneur award

Closing out a successful 2014, Shawnee-based Mills Machine Company was honored by Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello for its innovative commercial success and investment in Oklahoman jobs. Commissioner Costello presented company owner and president Chuck Mills with the Entrepreneurial Excellence in Oklahoma Award. “I am constantly in awe of Oklahoma and the many successful and profitable private companies that I have been exposed to,” said Costello. “Each of these amazing…

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