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Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Arthur Greeno is the owner/operator of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Tulsa OK., an Amazon bestselling author, a mentor and a coach was the guest speaker at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting on Jan 29, 2019.

Greeno motivated the audience with antidotes about his business plan.

Greeno’s Chick-fil-A store in Tulsa holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Soft Drink, a 834-gallon cup of freshly-squeezed Chick-fil-A lemonade.

He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Sweet Tea. Greeno created a nine-foot tall cup holding more than 1,140 gallons of freshly brewed sweet tea and ice.

Greeno has been involved with Chick-fil-A for a total of 30 years, with 26 of those years as an owner.



Larry Spradley, Arthur Greeno and Bob Reed 


The staff from Kiamichi Technology Center with Greeno

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Karen Wages, Poteau Chamber, Greeno and Michael Culwell

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Greeno with Sara Powell with the Poteau Chamber

Monday, 21 January 2019 17:43

Poteau Family Fitness Ribbon Cutting

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the new location for the Poteau Family Fitness Center.

In honor of their new location the chamber held a ribbon cutting at their grand opening.

Poteau Family Fitness is located at 211 S Witte.

$40 a month individual membership

The new 23,000 square feet training facility offers 24-hour access, Basketball Court, Tanning bed and Spray tanning (for an extra cost,) Large play area for children, Crossfit area, dressing rooms, lockers, showers and makeup vanity areas.
Zumba Classes offered by Heather Stewart (extra cost)

Crossfit (extra cost)

Stop by the Largest Fitness Center in LeFlore and get fit for the New Year!

Contact them at 918.649.4910

Friday, 18 January 2019 03:58

Sign up for Leadership LeFlore County

Press release

(POTEAU, OKLAHOMA) – Leadership LeFlore County is taking applications for the 12th annual leadership class of 2019.


Applications are now being accepted by contacting Poteau Chamber of Commerce 918-647-9178.


Leadership can consist of a variety of positions and attributes. Defining a great leader depends on several qualities and the desire to succeed. Some of the key qualities of a great leader are attitude, drive, imagination and passion. The 2019 Leadership course touches on all of these during the eight-week session. LLC is sponsored each year by The LeFlore County Development Coalition, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, AES, OG&E, The Community State Bank, The Donald W. Reynolds Center, City of Poteau, Leadership Development and Citizens Engagement and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.


Leadership LeFlore County.....
The 2019 session marks the 12th year with over 150 alumni that hold successful leadership positions on the state and local level. LLC is a county wide leadership program designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and learning experiences which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of a successful leader. LLC is looking for applications from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographical locations in LeFlore County and the surrounding areas.


Leadership Leflore County is open to all interested LeFlore County residents and does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, religion or natural origin. Participants are selected based on the ability, demonstrated interest in their community and insight for effective leadership.


The application process is to ensure a class consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and locations. Fifteen are chosen annually to attend the nine-week course. Danette Russell, OSU Extension says, “each year has been a great success, numbers increase, feedback is positive and new leaders develop.”


Each year we offer a diversified curriculum of studies that will prepare the participants for future leadership roles. The Chamber Board as many board members of other organization consist of graduates of LLC. It is great each year to see the past graduates grow in leadership capacities adding to the success of our entire community. Karen Wages, CEO Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

The leaders that develop from this experience has taken the chamber, the city and county to new levels of professionalism, community pride, unity and growth.


We are looking for to the vision, energy and connectivity with the 2019 class.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 17:14

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Press release by Gail Caddell, Talihina Economic Development Initiative 



The Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner February 9, 2019.


Come join us for a delicious dinner at Pistols and Pearls located at County Road 4550 Talihina.


The menu will include Chicken Alfredo or Pork Loin with all the fixings including dessert and a drink.


There will be music for your listening or dancing pleasure, and Door prizes.


Doors open at 5:30, Dinner served at 6:00. Singles $25.00, Couples $40.00, Table of eight $160. Get your tickets now.


RSVP by January 28, 2019.


For more information contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center located at 201 First Street Talihina. 918-567-3434.

Press release


Governor Mary Fallin Commends HWH Group for Locating Salem Tube Headquarters in Southeast Oklahoma

Project will create 140 manufacturing jobs in Durant

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today expressed appreciation to the HWH Group for its decision to select Durant as the site for Salem Tube’s North American headquarters and advanced manufacturing facility. The plant will contain approximately 150,000 square feet of high-tech, precision manufacturing space with corporate headquarters office space.

Robbie Ruminer, HWH Group president said: “Salem Tube is on-shoring manufacturing operations to the U.S. The project combines 140 high-quality, accessible manufacturing jobs and Salem Tube’s North American headquarters with managerial positions, a sales force and top executives to rural America. Salem Tube’s $40 million capital investment in the facility and an annual payroll of $8 million will be very significant and have a long-lasting positive impact on the Durant community.”

“This investment by Salem Tube is great news for our state, and also the latest proof of our continued efforts to diversify and grow manufacturing jobs throughout Oklahoma,” said Fallin. “The jobs Salem Tube is bringing to Oklahoma are good, high-paying jobs that will help improve our overall economy and make us a more prosperous state.

“We know Salem Tube had options when deciding where to locate its North American headquarters and advanced manufacturing facility. Their decision says a lot about the efforts we’ve made in Oklahoma to create a positive business environment and it shows that our state can compete internationally. Sixteen percent of new and expanding jobs are foreign direct investments. I would like to thank The HWH Group and Salem Tube for choosing Oklahoma and bringing exciting job opportunities to Oklahoma.”

Salem Tube, a Tubacex Group company, is a global manufacturer of high precision stainless steel tubing and nickel alloy tubes. Tubacex is headquartered in Llodio, Spain, and has industrial facilities and a broad network of sales offices spread around the world. It exports to more than 100 countries worldwide with a total global workforce of about 1,800 employees. Tubacex has been a publicly traded company on the Spanish Stock Market (TUB MC) since 1970.

Craig Hughes, HWH Group vice president of real estate and development services, conducted a 12-state site search along the Gulf Coast from New Mexico to North Carolina, performing due diligence and feasibility studies, weighing factors such as logistics, taxes, energy costs, and available facilities. More than 250 sites were evaluated, including 67 existing manufacturing facilities over a 12-month process.

“It was a very competitive process with a number of communities really stepping up in an effort to earn this marquis headquarters and manufacturing operation for their community,” Hughes said. “HWH was able to generate broad support for the project and was able to negotiate and secure a substantial incentive package that included the creation of a Tax Increment Financing district. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce working in conjunction with the local Durant officials put together a very compelling package that made the difference at the end of the day.”

Steven Hattier, HWH Group vice president of finance said: “Rural communities are often isolated from traditional capital sources. The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program is a proven and targeted tool to redirect capital flow to rural communities to help regain years of lost ground in manufacturing.”

HWH arranged for and fully allocated $34 million in NMTCs to the Salem Tube project.

“Our volunteer advisory board, governing board, staff, and management have worked hard to provide NMTC financing in rural Oklahoma,” said Scott Dewald, REI Oklahoma president and chief executive officer. “This program provides critical financing where it is most needed, and we are excited about the valuable economic opportunities that this project creates.”


Tuesday, 18 December 2018 05:58

T-Town Vape


Shop T-Town Vape, located at 404 Dallas Street in Downtown Talihina, for unique gifts this Christmas.


They sell a wide variety of Vape products. The store carries a variety of E-Juice and Vape Kits, they also have items for medical and medicinal paraphernalia.


The prices are very reasonable.


T-Town Vape hours are Tuesday – Friday 11am until 6pm and Saturday Noon until 5pm.


The owner of the store is Misty Morris.


Misty operated Mactown Vape in McAlester and was talking with Frances Williams when she stressed how much she wanted to drive business into the Talihina area and she had some storefront properties for rent so since Misty’s family is in the Talihina area she decided she would open a store here.


Talihina and the surrounding areas have a wide age range of vapors so it has been a good move for me.


Stop by and check out T-Town Vape, remember you must be 18 to enter the store and we do ID.


For more information call Misty at 918-934-9393 and check out the T-Town Vape Facebook page.



The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce J-N-S Janitorial Service as new member of the Chamber.

If you need your business or home cleaned, then James White, owner of J-N-S Janitorial is the one to call.

Located at 608 Duncan in Pocola Oklahoma, J-N-S is licensed and insured and offers free estimates.

Contact James White at 1.479.522-1343 for all your commercial and residential janitorial needs.

Poteau Chamber of Commerce Welcomed a new Business to the Poteau Area.

Premier Primary Care.

Friends and Staff joined in for the ribbon cutting on Thursday, Nov 15, 2018.

Located on the top floor of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. Dr Chris Orendorff also owns Premier Primary Care in Sallisaw.

Providers include Dr. Orendorff and Jami Guest, APRN.

For appointments call 918-635-3193


Holding Scissors Dr. Chris Orendoff, Clinic Physician and Owner, Provider APRN, Jami Guest.

Jami began seeing patients on Monday of this week.

Sunday, 11 November 2018 18:00

Local Bank Honors Veterans

By Britney Hambright, The Community State Bank -Spiro Branch

On Friday, November 9, 2018, The Community State Bank Spiro Branch held their 2nd annual breakfast appreciation to celebrate Veterans and to say thank you.


“God sent us a wonderful breeze today so that our flag could fly beautifully for our Veteran’s breakfast!


We made sure that our Veteran’s had plenty to eat! We served chocolate gravy, white gravy and sausage gravy. We had donuts and muffins and coffee and orange juice.


They said that our cooking was much better than what they got served in the chow halls during their service, so we gladly served them seconds!


The Veteran’s visited and shared stories with us and each other. One even brought some pictures to show!


We even converted John Redwine (Spiro State Bank) over to the good side! I think he may have “forgotten”his TCSB hat on the table though.


We had a great morning serving our Veteran’s! If we counted correctly, we served around 21!

We look forward to doing it again next year!

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