The Norman Transcript


October 20, 2013

The economic buck doesn’t stop ‘out there’

NORMAN — In recent years, elected officials have boosted popularity by showing preference to local vendors on bid projects to support the local economy. But there are times when specialization and proprietary goods and services require going outside the local sphere. That doesn’t mean there’s no local benefit to the local community, however.

Brian Johnson, president of Johnson Portables out of Michigan was in Moore recently as his company is constructing the temporary emergency medical facility on the former site of the Moore Medical Center which was destroyed in the May 20 tornado. That modular emergency department and lab will serve the community for up to two years as a new medical facility is built on the site.

Johnson Portables also constructed the temporary hospital in Joplin, Mo. following the 2011 tornado that hit that city.

Johnson owns several patents on the components his company manufactures. There is no comparable product available locally, but as a homegrown business man, Johnson said he understands the need to boost the local economy.

“We use local contractors here (in Oklahoma),” he said. “All of the flooring will be contracted to a local company. All of the ceiling tile and grid will be subbed locally.”

In addition, subcontractors will do much of the work to provide the mechanical, HVAC, plumbing and electrical work.

“We did a lot of subcontracting in Joplin,” he said.

The emergency medical facility is just one example of proprietary design meaning work for local subcontractors.

The new 24-hour library recently installed by Pioneer Library System at Irving Middle School in Norman was purchased through EnvisionWare, a company based in Duluth, Ga. and shipped from the manufacturer in China. The automated library is new to the United States and not available locally. It’s popular in China, however, where space is limited and hundreds of the machines have been installed.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Ideal Homes to dedicate Oklahoma’s first Home for HOPE

    Ideal Homes dedicated the company’s first Home for HOPE on Wednesday at 13209 SW 5th in Yukon....

    July 27, 2014

  • Todd Lamb to keynote luncheon

    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will provide the keynote address at the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Lunch at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 6 at the National Weather Center. Lamb will speak on state issues that may impact local business and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma learns about storm water proposal

    The Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma invited Norman Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary to talk about the new storm water fee proposal at its luncheon Thursday....

    July 27, 2014

  • Backing up everything, everywhere, not as easy as it should be

    Though we may wish or believe otherwise, computing devices are still somewhat of a hassle to use. Some devices, like Apple’s iPad, come close to being fully realized machines, but even iPads have their clunky side....

    July 27, 2014

  • Is using E10 or ‘pure’ gasoline more economical?

    An analysis by AAA Oklahoma shows that at today’s prices, E10 motor fuel is cheaper to use than 100 percent gasoline, despite the fewer miles per gallon produced by E10, which is a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline....

    July 27, 2014

  • Appellate judge retiring

    The Honorable Charles A. Johnson retired from the Court of Criminal Appeals after 25 years on the bench. Johnson was appointed to the court on Oct. 31, 1989, by Gov. Henry Bellmon to fill the unexpired term of Hez J. Bussey. After 59 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Candy Basket celebrates 25 years

    Perhaps it’s the chocolate covered blueberries whose deliciousness still lingers. Or maybe it’s the blood orange and wild honey white chocolate ganache that won’t soon be forgotten by your taste buds. At The Candy Basket there is decadence ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Bramlett & Associates adopts new name reflective of business

    Bramlett & Associates Multimedia LLC (Bramlett Multimedia), 215 W. Main St., announced this month that the company will change its name after 12 years in business and will do business as BOLD-Multimedia. The announcement, made first to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Toothpick holders convention coming to Norman

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collection in 1936,” Ryan said. Ryan was born in 1940, and she grew up crawling around toothpick holders, as have ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Protect your online banking, shopping with encryption

    In my free, one-night class called “Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win,” I teach everyday computer users how to stay out of trouble on the Internet. How to avoid virus infections, how to discern between the genuine and counterfeit, and ...

    July 20, 2014