The Center for Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) at Cameron University has received a $5,000 donation from Wilco Machine & Fabrication, Inc., a Marlow company that manufactures fabricated and machined equipment, products and tools for the worldwide energy industry. Brad Boles, President, and Anthony Chandler, Vice President, presented the gift to CU President Cindy Ross and CETES Assistant Director Arun Tilak in recognition of the services Wilco has received from CETES.
|CU President Cindy Ross accepts a contribution from Brad Boles, President of Wilco Machine & Fabrication of Marlow. Also on hand for the presentation were (l to r) Arun Tilak, Interim Director, CETES; Albert Johnson, Jr., CU Vice President for University Advancement; Bill Cunningham, Oklahoma Manufacturer's Alliance, and Anthony Chandler, Vice President, Wilco.|
"We desire to be a premier company in southern Oklahoma, and working with CETES has helped us develop a game plan on how to make that happen," says Boles. "It has been extremely beneficial to get input from someone who isn't involved in the everyday operation of our business. Arun and his staff have evaluated our business plan and critiqued it with an objective viewpoint. Thanks to their input, we are optimistic about the future and are grateful to the part that CETES has played in our strategic planning."
For the past year, Tilak and the CETES staff have worked with Boles and Chandler to develop Wilco's strategic plan and growth strategies by 1) identifying potential new customers for the company's existing products, 2) providing an analysis of competition, 3) providing assistance with exports, and 4) providing assistance with strategic plans including diversification.
"After becoming acquainted with Wilco through the Oklahoma Manufacturers Alliance, we were happy to provide consultation services to Brad Boles and his management team," says Tilak. "As one of the largest employers in the Duncan area, they sought our assistance in developing their strategic plan. Despite the recent downturn in the economy, they are committed to growing their company. It has been our pleasure to assist them, and we look forward to a continued relationship with Wilco."
CETES is a multipurpose facility that serves as a catalyst for economic development. In addition to serving as a business incubator for the creation and growth of technology-based companies, CETES also provides strategic consulting services to businesses in southwest Oklahoma.
February 3, 2009