Wyandotte Nation company named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’

Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma CEO Kelly Carpino, Wyandotte Precision Products President Ron Brown, and WPP General Manager Steve Selby. (Courtesy Photo)

Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma CEO Kelly Carpino, Wyandotte Precision Products President Ron Brown, and WPP General Manager Steve Selby. (Courtesy Photo)

Wyandotte Precision Products (WPP) was named “Manufacturer of the Year” during Oklahoma Minority Enterprise Development Week. The celebration of success of minority entrepreneurs was coordinated by the REI Native American Business Centers.

“It is an honor for our team at Wyandotte Precision Products to receive the award from the MED organization and REI of Oklahoma,” said WPP President Ron Brown. “We still have a tremendous amount of work to do to meet our goals, but the award is an unexpected and welcome recognition of our efforts so far. As with all of our WTOK businesses, it is a team effort and a team recognition. We could not do what we do without the support of the Wyandotte Nation and all the departments of WTOK.”

The company was formed in June 2011, with the acquisition and workforce transition of an existing machine shop by the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Department.  WPP is a precision machine shop, located at the Joplin, Mo., airport, that produces maintenance and repair parts for manufacturing companies in the food processing, printing, oil and gas, military, explosives and automotive industries.

Experts in the reverse engineering process, the workforce consists of nine full-time employees, in addition to a contract worker.  WPP also utilizes the Wyandotte Nation’s intern program to augment its customer service staff.

Led by Brown, a Wyandotte Tribal member, WPP is currently working on ISO compliance requirements and plans to achieve certification within the next 12 months.  All profits from the company are used to provide economic and social programs for the citizens of the Wyandotte Nation.

“This is a great example of a business utilizing all the resources available to help it grow and expand,” said James Ray, MBDA Business Center Project Director.  “We are pleased to work with them and proud to recognize them as Minority Manufacturer of the Year.”

REI Native American Business Centers deliver technical assistance and training programs in an effort to build successful Native American and minority-owned businesses.  Companies that utilize the Centers receive specialized assistance with bid assistance, contracting and procurement opportunities, training and business counseling, access to capital and more.  Visit www.reinabc.org for more information.

To learn more about Wyandotte Precision Products, visit www.wppok.com.

To see a video honoring WPP at the awards ceremony, please visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raMUD8Kfs40

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