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77 Series: Carter County

                                             Ardmore Industry, not Ardless

     I was waiting for Ardmore to make an appearance in the 77 Series. This city in Chickasaw territory was built in large part to a railroad, as was the cause for most of our Oklahoma towns sprouting up at the turn of the 20th century. The Santa Fe Railroad was constructed in the 1800’s and was one of the larger railways in the United States. I have touched on the importance of railways in Oklahoma and over the past one hundred in fifty years, we have seen a substantial decline in the use of these valuable distribution channels. We need our railways, now more than ever. Our population has expanded enormously since the mid 1800’s when the railways were first constructed. We have the same raw materials except for cotton production that is going to be expanded, so we still have a demand for freight handled by train and I believe that as the other states stop and take a look at their economies as we have done in the 77 Series, they too will see the importance of investing in railways once more.
     My name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, My primary focus is on Oklahoma economy, but in Oklahoma’s fourth congressional district, my focus is on building our industry through expansion in our meat processing industry. The economic endeavor for congressional district four is called Project D4 and the objective is still taking on new direction as the last Oklahoma counties are being examined.
     Ardmore is a unique city; it has seen industry come and go, then come again, and then go again. Circuit City once called Ardmore home for one of their distribution facilities. Ardmore is in a very strategic location in terms of its strength as a distribution hub for many businesses. Unfortunately, businesses like Circuit City could not keep up with global competition and they went out of businesses. Other Ardmore industries include the 85,000 barrel a day Valero refinery that employees 250 people and the Michelin plant with 1,900 employees. On top of its industry, Ardmore is also home to the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and is engaged in agricultural bioresearch. I strongly advocate research of any kind and I am thrilled to see Carter County engaged in such activities.
     Ardmore is also home to Southern Tech, a learning institution that teaches students about manufacturing jobs and prepares them for careers in Oklahoma’s manufacturing sector. Our state is in no way lacking in our education for the positions needed in the state and we must continue fostering enrollment and connecting the graduates with careers in line with their specialization. I do however, think that our educational facilities should begin preparing Oklahomans for the future industries; we should be preparing our students adequately for managing the operations on their way to our state.
     Living in Victoria Texas certainly had its ups and downs, but one thing is for certain along the coast and that is their infrastructure is established in a way that prepares high school graduates for technical careers; these careers often pay as high as $100,000 a year. The work is not very labor intensive, but the hours are long. Typically, a plant worker who specializes in gauging for a facility works seven to ten twelve hours days and then is off for two or three days and then the cycle begins again. Many of my friends worked in any one of the numerous plants along the coast shipping crude oil, manufacturing plastics, refining and even sand blasting and painting sea vessels. They all made great money and this is exactly where Oklahoma is headed as we expand our industry. When we continue building more manufacturing facilities, processing plants, and crude oil and metal ore refineries, our education institutions will provide a continuous stream of talent to fill management and other operations focused positions.
     So what then, should Carter County be focused on in 2020? The same things Carter County has always been focused on. In the early 1900’s, Ardmore was the world’s largest in-land cotton port. Companies have always acknowledged the strategic location of Ardmore as a distribution hub and this trend will continue. Another one of our numerous industrial projects is a manufacturing complex that builds broadcasting equipment. We will need a centralized location to manufacture our broadcasting equipment and we will have multiple facilities each participating in components required for satisfying our nation’s demand for televisions, radios, Bluetooth devices and anything that sends or receives signal. This requires more complex processes, but currently this accounts for nearly half of Chinese exports and by approaching this aspect of their industry, we can significantly alter our trade deficit.
     The manufacturing of our broadcasting equipment should be Just-in-Time; we should fill large orders by producing the exact quantities of screens, signal receivers and transmitters, and all other components of the electronics, then establishing a central location for the parts to be assembled before distribution to the retailer. Ardmore would be ideal for this endeavor given its location. Our Sovereign Nations are enhancing their manufacturing capabilities every day and it is time that we organize an effort to seriously repair our trade deficit for the good of our nation. Should Oklahoma rise up and manufacture broadcasting equipment, we will seize an enormous economic opportunity to produce an essential good for our national consumption.
     All of the projects brought up in my congressional campaign aim to make Oklahoma a better state. The projects build on activities already underway in many of our communities. What I hope to accomplish is a unified approach to our Oklahoma vision; we must have every county working toward the same goal. We are getting there and as I finish the 77 Series, I am becoming increasingly more anxious to get on the road and to start forming new industrial relationships. We have all the resources we need, we have funding opportunities, all that we need is a strong Senator in Washington D.C.; someone who will pull all the resources together and start initiating large projects that will propel Oklahoma through the ranks as having the strongest economy, best health and education, and cleanest environment.

Committee to Elect Bevon Rogers
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