Saltgrass Steak House opens

Landry's Restaurants, Inc. opened its 36th Saltgrass Steak House Tuesday at 650 N. Interstate Drive in Norman.

The Norman Saltgrass Steak House is in the former Joe's Crab Shack location and is the fifth location outside of Texas.

"The Saltgrass Steak House restaurants are well known for its entertaining atmosphere and quality steaks," general manager Bill Chmielewski said. "We are excited to bring such a wonderful Texas tradition to residents of the Norman area."

The restaurant is open seven days a week, serving lunch and dinner. It offers char-grilled steaks, chicken and seafood, and complemented with beer breads, desserts, dressings and soups made in-house daily. The company employs more than 30,000 workers in 36 states.

For more information, call the restaurant at 292-5600.

OU Law school sponsors orientation starting in January

The OU College of Law will sponsor a free orientation seminar for persons interested in careers as a paralegal. The department is now enrolling students for Saturday classes that begin in January.

The seminar will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13, 2007, at the OU Law Center, 300 W. Timberdell Road. Speakers include instructors and graduates of the OU legal assistant program and representatives of professional paralegal organizations.

More information is available from the College of Law, 325-1726.

Business After Hours Nov. 21

The Norman Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours will be 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at First Fidelity Bank, 131 E. Main St. The event is open to all chamber members and guests.

Business Before Hours will be Nov. 29 at Betty Lou's Flowers and Gifts, 445 W. Gray St.

More information on both events is available from the chamber, 321-7260.

Expanded Solutions expands facility

Expanded Solutions has completed a massive expansion of its Wewoka manufacturing facility according to Rick Bahner, of Norman, president of the company.

"Not only have we increased our production capacity by the expansion and modernization of the plant but we have had a chance to showcase the uses of expanded metal in architectural design," said Bahner.

The original 43,200 square-foot facility was expanded to 52,000 square-feet which included 4,200 square-feet of renovated space for soundproofed offices and dining facilities.

The shop area also was expanded to accommodate new machinery with state-of-the-art capabilities.

Unemployment rate 3.2 percent

Cleveland County's 3.2 percent unemployment rate posted for July of 2006 is below the state rate of 3.8 percent and the national rate of 5.0, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said last week.

The county, with 118,960 employed and 3,910 unemployed, posted 3.5 percent a month earlier. Neighboring McClain County posted a rate of 3.3 percent. The state's highest rate was in Caddo County, where 5.8 percent of the workforce was unemployed.

The lowest rate was in Beckham, Harper, Kingfisher and Woodward counties, all sharing 2.7 percent.

Boral Bricks plant begins operation

Boral Bricks, a national brick manufacturer and distributor of masonry products, held a "Valve Opening Ceremony" this past week at its Union City plant.

The event officially marked the beginning of the plant's use of landfill gas (methane) as a source of energy for its brick and kiln production operations.The use of landfill gas will offset approximately a third of the required natural gas currently being used to operate the kiln and dryer operations.?

The $34 million facility produces approximately 100 million standard brick equivalents annually, currently servicing the states of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. The facility is made up of three separate buildings that cover approximately 165,000 square feet.

-- Transcript Staff

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