The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 13, 2013

Big thumbs up to Parrish Manufacturing for taking a local company international

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to a long-established Enid company that’s growing into an internationally based business.

Amy Parrish, of Parrish Manufacturing Group, talked about the company started by her grandfather in 1951 during Monday’s Enid Rotary Club meeting.

In 1965, Parrish purchased land on East Willow to build a sand cast foundry and for potential expansion. The foundry was built in 1969.

Today, Parrish Manufacturing makes quick connect/disconnect couplings and replacement parts.

Over the years, Parrish has expanded its offerings through the acquisition of other companies, which have been moved to Enid.

We’re glad to have the company here.

Thumbs up to the city of Enid website for being one of eight Vision Internet clients nationwide to receive a 2013 Sunny Award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation.

The Enid website was one of five Vision Internet clients that received an A-plus grade.

Congrats on this honor.

More thumbs up for having enough volunteers to cover every route in the spring food drive for Horn of Plenty for the first time in several years.

Horn of Plenty receives a lot of help from the number of churches, civic groups and families who come out each year.

As usual, Horn of Plenty needs tuna, peanut butter and jelly, which always are in demand.

The food pantry also needs cereal, baby food and any nonperishable items.

“There’s never been a decrease in need. It always goes up. This year, we helped the Vance employees whose checks were held up,” Board President Pat Brown said.

Thanks for helping out those in need.

Thumbs down for news of an Enid nursing home being fined more than $1.3 million for not taking appropriate actions when a registered sex offender who was a patient there had inappropriate contact with other residents.

Oklahoma State Department of Health inspectors cited numerous deficiencies on March 8 when they surveyed Kenwood Manor, 502 W. Pine.

Three of those deficiencies were deemed “a pattern ... that constitutes immediate jeopardy to resident health and safety.”

“This is an unprecedented situation,” said Dorya Huser, chief of Long Term Care for the Protective Health Services division of OSDH. “They have a convicted sex offender that’s in the facility, and there has been inappropriate activity with residents. They have to develop policies relative to abuse and neglect and follow those policies. In this case, they had a policy, but they didn’t implement the policy.”

The nursing home has until May 31 to appeal the survey results.