CLAREMORE -- On Tuesday afternoon, Pelco Structural LLC celebrated receiving its fifth SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) certification.
The award is a recognition of workplace safety by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and was presented by Oklahoma Department of Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston.
Houston said the number of SHARP certifications presented to Pelco Structural LLC is almost unprecedented.
“It is not easy. It is a difficult thing to achieve,” said Houston. “It takes the commitment of management, but it takes the commitment of each and every person within that organization to have that commitment to safety in order to make a SHARP designation happen.”
Houston said a company pursuing the certification must work with state and federal consultants who provide recommendations the company should implement.
Pelco Structural LLC President Phil Albert said the SHARP Certification process takes three years to complete.
“I am so thankful for everyone who took the time today to come celebrate with us,” said Albert. “We celebrate a lot of things today, but most of all, let us celebrate the opportunity that is in front of us.”
Albert in his remarks mentioned a $300 million transmission line contract awarded to Pelco Structural LLC with the potential to bring 200 new jobs to the community. He said the project would be historic for the area.
Jeri Koehler, Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority director, said, “The new Clean Line project that is in the works, he is set to double his capacity here and jobs created, which is amazing and a story we want to celebrate. Every time you are in the middle of Claremore and you see a truck leaving town with big things on it … that is money coming into our community.”
State Sen. Marty Quinn and State Rep. Mark Lepak presented a formal proclamation from the State of Oklahoma to recognize Pelco Structural LLC’s achievement. Mayor Bill Flanagan also presented a proclamation from the City of Claremore.
“The City of Claremore has benefited greatly from Pelco Structural,” said Flanagan. “...Today it is a very important economic place in the City of Claremore. I want you to know we appreciate you and we appreciate everything you do for us.”
Koehler said the event also serves to kick off Claremore Manufacturing Week, which officially begins next week.
“I think it is really important we are opening manufacturing week by highlighting safety in manufacturing, because safety is a cornerstone in this industry, and manufacturing is absolutely the foundation our country,” said Houston.
Keith Ballard, chair of the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority board, and Koehler both praised Albert for his leadership in the city and state.