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77 Series: Woods County

                                                     We’re almost out of the Woods

            I spent some time reviewing the Oklahoma Constitution after I filed my candidacy for United States Senate with the Federal Election Committee in Washington D.C. I found a plethora of legislation that our small communities will find uplifting and I will get to those as I move into counties that need to hold the state accountable for enforcing their rights. I believe every Oklahoman business man should read the document closely, especially Article 9, Section 45 on monopolies. We should also pass legislation as a state on monopsonies too. The famous economist Joan Robinson developed the monopsony theory back in the 1930’s in her book The Economics of Imperfect Competition. They are similar to monopolies, but control the buying rather than the selling; taking complete control over market price and keeping out competition through systematically eliminating market participants. But in this essay, I want to talk about how excellent Woods County is. I am an industrial man and I am proud that Vantage Plane Plastics is producing high quality interior components for aircrafts in Alva. They employee 24 people and had $3.8 million in sales in 2016. That is exactly the type of ingenuity I am encouraging in other counties like Caddo, Harper and Ellis.
            In Six Sigma, we have an acronym spelled DAIC; it stands for Design, Analyze, Implement, and Control. We use this when we need to create a new process or replace a process that is creating inefficiencies or product defects; they lower customer satisfaction and decrease our success. Continuous improvement is something we live by in the industry and is something all Oklahoman industries should bear in mind when they own a company that produces a good or service. I am confident Alva knows about these ideologies because they have a company called Value Added Products. A group of wheat farmers came together in 1998 to form the business and began manufacturing frozen dough. Perhaps when I visit the town I can have a tour of the facility. I would love to see what processes my fellow Oklahomans have created.
            Just like these wheat farmers who make frozen bread for distribution, we Oklahomans must use our available resources and add value to them by making them useful in another enterprise. When I was writing to Woodward County, I suggested investing in a statewide food distribution facility. Then when I began researching Alva, I instantly made a connection. Nearly every sandwich shop uses frozen bread; Subway, Quiznos, even your pizza shops. How wonderful would that be for our counties to come together and supply these places with their frozen breads? It can be done. We may need to print Subway logos on the boxes for distribution, but we can negotiate contracts. Typically every 3-5 years food companies renew contracts with their suppliers and I suggest reaching out to anyone that has bread in their freezer.
            Woods County is well above the curve in capability, even Freedom has salt production. But it was bought by Cargill, the multinational corporation that employs close to two hundred thousand employees and is in 150 or more countries; I know this because I almost worked with their meat distribution facility in Edmond, but it was too small of an operation so I went with U.S. Foods. Nonetheless, they have owned and expanded the salt ponds since 1988. I cannot claim Cargill has a monopoly on the salt, unless the salt is more expensive than it should be for the county and other counties that use it for their livestock. With so much going on in Woods County, you have to wonder why the per capita income is low, despite your businesses and resources. Alva has more people, about 5,000, but the rest of the county is pretty sparsely populated. To an economist, this says that the employees are making low wages. I believe that is due to your processes in your facilities having inefficiencies. Should you take a step back, look at each process one by one, and try to figure out what can be improved, you will find something that can be adjusted. Start with one, only one, and set a goal to make it more efficient. Perhaps materials are being damaged, workplace injuries are happening, or your manufacturing process has the occasional “dud” that cannot be sent on to the consumer. These are the types of things you must always be looking for. If we have any more than one “dud” in three million units, we are not competitive; the rest of the world goes by this standard and it is the code I live by as a man of industry.
            I am for wind energy in Woods County as well, as I am for most of District 3. The only reason I would not be is due to the wind not being strong enough. I am also an oil man and will protect that industry. Wind and oil are very separate and a lot of people get confused about this fact. When we talk wind, we talk electricity. When we talk oil, we talk plastics, gasoline, jet fuel, cosmetics, and an endless list of products. Coal is electricity and it will remain so for a long time because there are places where wind does not produce adequate force to generate energy profitably. By encouraging viable wind energy, especially in the poorest areas, we are doing so much good for the economy. First, the local inhabitants can pay lower prices because the energy will have to travel less distance. We might have to deregulate the energy prices, but that drives competition and is exactly what we need. The other benefit is that we are burning less coal, so we will have more of it. More to sell, more to save; more is just better any way you shake it. I think those in the coal industry are paranoid because they feel like they will experience a market collapse. But guess what, we are generally a net exporter of coal which is great for our economy. But once we began importing coal, we lost about $30 per short ton. If you consistently produced what the market demanded, that would not have happened. Coal is more protected than any energy industry and in real economics, it is the safest; it made up 92% of the energy sector in the first quarter of 2019 alone. Poor economics drove the price down, not green energy. We cannot import nuclear energy, so they're consistent. Here is a link to coal news: Coal News

           I am enjoying writing the 77 Series, I really am. Not only am I getting a complete understanding of where our weaknesses are, I am finding our strengths. Discovering opportunities and devising ways to eliminate threats with legislation. This project has me reading our constitution over and over and finding ways to legally use existing state legislation to assist this economic recovery project I have initiated state wide. This is my ninth county and I have 68 more to go. Just imagine the blue print I will have for us then. I hope to earn your support in the 2020 election so that I can leave this plan with you while I push for our needs at the capitol. That is a ways away, so until then, keep examining your processes and I will keep writing. In my experience, one enhanced process equals about an $0.80 raise; that is for operations with about 100 employees. Oklahoma is smart, and Oklahoma is strong. This is going to be a fun time for all of us.  

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