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Volume 3, Number 45

Banking and Finance
General News
Todays News
Arvest Bank celebrates 10th anniversary; distributes funds to non-profits
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — Arvest Bank celebrated 10 years in Joplin Nov. 6 with a Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. To commemorate the occasion Arvest Bank and the Walton Family Foundation donated more than $47,000 to local non-profit organizations.

Business Services
Featured Article
Graves Menu Maker Foods: a growing family-owned business
VINITA, Okla. — Graves Menu Maker Foods, a family-owned grocery distribution company located in the industrial park north of the city, announced Oct. 28 that they would add another 60 jobs to the current workforce of 40 employees.

Local officials, employees, and guests joined business owner Dick Graves and representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for a special open house and cookout to celebrate the expansion news.

New tech center set for Carthage
Joplin Business Journal
CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage R-9 School District announced that funds have been allocated for the construction of a new technical center to be located on the new high school campus on South River Street.

People in the News

Karen Stolz
Karen Stolz, associate professor of English at Pittsburg State University, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Balkans Room in Overman Student Center. A reception will follow in the Heritage Room. The reception is free and open to the public.

Laura Washburn
Laura Lee Washburn, director of creative writing at Pittsburg State University, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Balkans Room in Overman Student Center. A reception will follow in the Heritage Room.  The reception is free and open to the public.

PSU faculty members honored
Pittsburg State University faculty members have been honored for outstanding scholarly and creative works at the 25th Annual Faculty Author Reception.

Todays News
Broadcast students take first in national competition
Joplin Business Journal
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Two Pittsburg State University broadcast communications students captured first place in the national College Broadcasting Awards during the national collegiate journalism conference recently in Kansas City, Mo.

General News
Special Report
Building BEI with bonuses and benefits
Robert L. Roach, Journal Senior Staff Reporter

JOPLIN, Mo. — "I love paying bonuses – what I hate is not paying bonuses," said  Dale Wilson, president of Bill's Electric Inc. "If I'm paying bonuses, then we're all making extra."

Wilson has helped build BEI into a thriving business doing "all types of electrical construction from the design work to the completed drawings to the actual work," Wilson said. "The whole nine yards."

Journal reporter Robert L. Roach spent some time with Dale Wilson taking about his business team, company growth, and the impact of the economy.

Government and Politics

City pursues state building for downtown
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin officials are pursuing the construction of a state office building in the 900 block of Main Street that could bring as many as 300 workers downtown.

Health Care
Spirit of Women off to a good start
JOPLIN. MO. — Area women gathered for an evening of health awareness and fun as Freeman Health System held its first Spirit of Women's event "Freeman Spirit Girls' Night Out," Oct. 23 at the Freeman Business Center near 32nd Street and McClelland.

Todays News

EaglePicher Supplies Ni-H battery to GeoEye-1
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries, announced Nov. 11 it supplied the nickel hydrogen battery to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in support of the GeoEye-1 imaging satellite.

Delivering critical freight with little notice from the crowds
Phil Graham, Vice President Major Accounts
JOPLIN, Mo.  — When a company or individual in this area needs their air freight received and delivered quickly, they call on Queen City Air Freight. The company headquartered at the Joplin Regional Airport boosts its ability to do almost anything to get the freight delivered in the shortest period of time necessary.

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