Incredible Decision, Marketing

The decision by Incredible Pizza Co. Inc. to move its Tulsa operations under one roof in Springfield was simple — executives wanted their office energy at 100 percent and not divided, said Chris Brewer, VP of marketing.
“We tend to forget about face-to-face (communication) in this age of e-mail, Internet and Web conferencing,” Brewer said. “Even in Springfield we have people working in different offices. This one-roof approach enables us to save on business travel between the two areas and allow for personal touch communication.”
Incredible Pizza announced earlier this month that it was moving its Tulsa operations and about eight employees to Springfield, Mo., to bring its corporate employees under one roof. The move does not impact the Tulsa operation.
Incredible Pizza is expanding, opening a franchise in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters, last year, and in Phoenix, Des Moines and Indianapolis this year.
“We are also close on our first Hometown Store concept, which will allow us to place our concept into smaller population markets,” Brewer said.
Incredible Pizza’s focus for the rest of 2009 is customer satisfaction, Brewer said. Incredible Pizza was named the fastest-growing company in southwest Missouri in March. Company revenues in 2008 were $82.6 million, up 29 percent from $64 million in 2007.
“In this economic environment, we’ll be satisfied with equivalent sales to 2008,” he said. “However, our first quarter has been quite strong.”
He declined to give figures.
Flow-Quip Solves Pipeline Valve Automation Problem
Tulsa-based Flow-Quip Inc. provided 12 automated actuators for installation at remote valve sites along Overland Pass Pipeline’s 750-mile liquid natural gas pipeline.
Each pipeline gate valve is fitted with Flow-Quip’s hydraulic actuator, which is powered by its on-site hydraulic power pack.
These units receive control signals from the pipeline supervisory control and data acquisition system, which can shut down the pipeline at any time even if commercial electrical power is unavailable. Each unit stores onboard power for two strokes of the gate valve.
The Overland Pass Pipeline is a $590 million, 750-mile natural gas liquids’ transportation pipeline from the Southwestern part of Wyoming to underground storage near Wichita. The pipeline passes through extremely remote areas requiring Flow-Quip’s valves for control when a shutdown is needed. The pipeline is designed to transport approximately 110,000 barrels per day with an expansion option to 255,000 barrels per day with additional pump facilities.
Energy Crime Stoppers Hotline
Energy Crime Stoppers Hotline, a new program to stop energy industry theft, expands to seven states after a successful eight-month trial in Texas solved two cases and provided substantial leads toward pending arrests.
Tipsters in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming now can join Texans to report anonymous tips through 888-645-TIPS (8477). Calls to Energy Crime Stoppers Hotline are routed through local crime stoppers and referred to appropriate law enforcement.
Tipsters receive cash rewards for information leading to arrest and/or conviction for theft, fraud or crimes committed against energy companies. Tipsters receive a confidential code used to claim rewards for information leading to convictions. Tipsters also can report crime anonymously through Energy Security Council’s Web site, www.energysecuritycouncil.org.
Tips called to 888-OIL-TIPS (645-8477) recently helped authorities recover $18,000 in stolen equipment from an electrical substation and $30,000 in generators ripped off from remote energy sites in Texas. Investigators are actively following leads to complete arrests and deter energy industry crime, program leaders affirm.
Irreverent Poke at Local, State, National Politicians
An irreverent poke at politicians, from Tulsa City Hall, county officials and the national scene will be taken during the Tulsa Press Club’s 2009 Gridiron Show.
The 76th presentation is set April 30 and May 1 and 2 at the Liddy Doenges Theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St.
Show times are at 8 p.m. each day. Tickets are available by calling 596-7111 or at www.myticketoffice.com. They also can be purchased at the PAC. Admission is $20 for bleacher seating; $15 for seniors. Tables for four are $250.
This year’s theme is ‘‘Stimulate This! Or, You Can’t Fight (Find) City Hall!’’
“With the many follies that occurred in last year’s seemingly endless election season, the mother of all Wall Street bailouts, the battle over the stimulus, citizens’ difficulties in finding Tulsa’s new City Hall, OU’s ‘stunning’ BCS Bowl performance, the public return of Britney Spears and endless other satiric possibilities, the show’s writers had quite a challenge in keeping its length to just two 45-minute acts,” said D.J. Morrow, chair of the sponsoring Tulsa Press Club Educational and Charitable Trust. “Somehow they managed to come up with another hilarious yet compact show that’s unfair and unbalanced and sure to stir up Republicans and Democrats and Britney Spears’ fans alike. We pride ourselves on being equal opportunity offenders!”



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