Cargill says it will label ‘Finely Textured Beef’

Cargill Beef announced Tuesday that it would begin labeling its branded, U.S.-made, ground beef products containing Finely Textured Beef, prior to the 2014 grilling season, with the declaration “Contains Finely Textured Beef.”

The ground beef product became controversial after some food bloggers and activists raised concerns about how the beef was processed. The beef is made from bits of meat left over from other cuts and are treated to kill bacteria. The product started to gain negative attention after a New York Times article in 2009, in which a federal microbiologist referred to it as “pink slime.”

Cargill says it has been making finely textured beef since 1993.

“Our research shows that consumers believe ground beef products containing Finely Textured Beef should be clearly labeled,” John Keating, Cargill Beef president, said in a statement. “We’ve listened to the public, as well as our customers, and that is why today we are declaring our commitment to labeling Finely Textured Beef.”

Cargill has launched a website that provides information about the product, including videos showing how Finely Textured Beef is made at its processing plants.

Beef Battalion, Cargill team up to serve lunch to McConnell personnel

A Kansas-based group formed to support military men and women will be feeding about 1,000 McConnell Air Force Base personnel and their families on Saturday.

The lunch-time event is being organized by Cargill and the All American Beef Battalion, a Dodge City-based outfit that will bring its special grilling trailer to the event.

Cargill is supplying the New York strip steaks, and there will be hot dogs for the kids. And, of course, there will be numerous side dishes as well.

The volunteer battalion was formed in 2008 by former U.S. Marine Bill Broadie, an Ashland area cattleman. According to a news release from Cargill, the battalion includes volunteers from Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado and has served 200,000 military service members since it started.

Cowley County economic forum to focus on work force development

Theater owner Bill Warren will be the keynote speaker at the Cowley County Economic Forum, which is planned for Nov. 7 at the Cowley College Wright Room in Arkansas City.

The forum, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on developing the local work force, according to a news release from Cowley First, an economic development partnership.

Gerald Graham of Wichita State University’s Center for Business Management will also speak at the event, according to the release. And a panel that includes local business owners and human resources managers will discuss various aspects of hiring and training workers.

Warren, who owns seven theaters or theater complexes, employs about 800 people.

Registration for the forum is open through Oct. 30, and the cost is $20, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, go to or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.

Business networking event, Exposure 2013, set for Thursday

Exposure 2013, a business networking and expo organized by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, is Thursday.

The event, which attracts several hundred  exhibitors each year, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Century II. It’s designed to allow Wichita businesses and Chamber members to learn more about one another.

For more information or to download a free ticket, go to the Chamber website at

Wichita Friends School to start work on major addition

Wichita Friends School plans to start work on a new addition at its West Kellogg campus, according to a news release from the school.

The start of the project was credited to a “generous lead gift from a long-time board member and his family.”

According to Aaron Fowler, director of advancement, the school has now raised $1.3 million toward its $1.8 million campaign goal.

A groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the new facilities is scheduled for Nov. 15, according to the release.

Officials said the school, which is based on Quaker principles and values, also will be moving forward with a new curriculum designed specifically for children in pre-kindergarten through third grade. It also plans a stronger marketing presence in Wichita.

“We are very excited about how the renovation and expansion of our new facilities will affect our students and the educational program we are able to offer,” Shelli Kadel, head of school, said in a statement.

Chamber opens nominations for Keeper of the Plains award

Buildings or projects completed over the last few years and that exemplify outstanding architecture are being sought for the annual Keeper of the Plains award.

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has opened its nomination process for the award, which is presented annually to honor an outstanding architectural achievement.

The Keeper of the Plains award committee considers aesthetic quality, degree of improvement, visibility and maintenance, according to a news release from the Chamber. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Honors Night banquet in April 2014.

To be eligible, construction must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2010, and July 1, 2013. Projects must be within Sedgwick County, and the recipient must be a Chamber member.

The form can be found at

For more information about the award, contact Holly Landon at 316-268-1127 or

BOK Financial announces successor to Lybarger as president

BOK Financial announced Tuesday that Steven Bradshaw will become president and CEO at the end of the year, replacing Stanley A. Lybarger, who is retiring.

According to a news release from BOK Financial, parent company of Bank of Oklahoma Mortgage, Daniel H. Ellinor will become chief operating officer in the line of succession. Ellinor and Bradshaw are currently senior officers of the company; they will assume their new positions following Lybarger’s retirement at the end of 2013.

“Steve and Dan have been very instrumental in BOK Financial’s past success, including the company’s geographic expansion and exceptional performance through the recent recession,” Lybarger said in a statement. “They possess the ability, experience and integrity to take the company to the next level.”

Bradshaw joined BOK Financial in 1991. In his current role, he has oversight for the company’s consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, treasury services and business banking functions, as well as Colorado State Bank and Trust and Bank of Kansas City.

Human Resources group plans golf tournament

The area association of human resource managers is holding a golf tournament to raise money for scholarships.

The Kansas Society for Human Resource Management’s sixth annual Russ Blosser tournament is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2, at the Auburn Hills Golf Course in west Wichita.

The event costs $65 a person or $220 for a team, and that cost covers green fees, cart, lunch and prizes.

A variety of prizes ‑ such as a golf bag, a free round of golf and gift cards ‑ are part of the event.

All proceeds raised will go to provide scholarships to students who are planning a career in human resources and are attending a state university in Kansas.

The deadline for registration is July 26. Go to to register.

Intrust Bank Arena’s ticket sales ranked 26th by Pollstar

Intrust Bank Arena finished the first half of 2013 ranked 26th in the U.S. market for ticket sales, according to Pollstar, a weekly trade magazine for the concert industry.

The arena, managed by SMG General, was ranked 55th in the world, according to a news release from SMG.

The rankings reflect tickets sold worldwide for shows played between Jan. 1 and June 30.

A.J. Boleski, SMG general manager at Intrust arena, hailed the rankings, and in a statement said they reflect both the high quality of concerts booked for the venue and the willingness of Wichita area residents to support the shows and events.

In the first half of 2013, Intrust arena was host to 11 of the top 100 worldwide tours, including Cirque du Soleil, Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live, Kid Rock, Disney On Ice, Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, WWE and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Upcoming events include Taylor Swift (Aug. 6 ), Rascal Flatts (Aug. 9), Luke Bryan (Sept. 12), Blake Shelton (Oct. 5), Eagles (Oct. 7), Oklahoma City Thunder NBA exhibition game (Oct. 23) and the Wichita Wildcat Classic (Dec. 21).

More information is available at

IRS delays move to new Wichita offices

Officials with the Internal Revenue Service said the planned move of its Wichita offices will be delayed.

According to a news release, the offices, now at 271 W. Third Street, will move to 555 N. Woodlawn, Building 4, starting Aug, 23, 2013.

A delay in the shipping of some equipment was given as the reason for the delay.

As a result of the move, the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center will be closed Aug. 23. It will re-open in its new location on Tuesday, Aug. 27, according to the news release. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The IRS website and toll free number will continue to work. The IRS website is at

The toll free number is staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; it’s 1-800-829-1040

Pittsburg fireworks company, fire department offer fireworks safety sessions

A Pittsburg fireworks company and the city’s fire department are teaming up to provide classes on fireworks safety.

The first class is today, Thursday, at 6 p.m.  at Jake’s Fireworks, 3002 N. Broadway in Pittsburg. A second session will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday at the company.

Pittsburg Fire Department personnel and Jake’s staff will provide information that educates the public about how to enjoy fireworks safely, according to a news release from the company.

Jake’s Fireworks recently opened its new headquarters in Pittsburg. The 500,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility allows Jake’s to carry more inventories and have a central distribution point to serve its outlets across the Midwest, according to the release.

A list of fireworks safety tips is available at

Excel Industries of Hesston win’s governor’s Exporter of the Year award

Excel Industries Inc. of Hesston was named the winner Wednesday of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award.

It was one of two top awards announced at the annual Team Kansas/Kansas Cavalry Awards Banquet, which was held at Emporia State University.

The other top award winner was B&W Trailer Hitches of Humboldt, which won the Governor’s Award of Excellence.
The event was sponsored by the state Department of Commerce and Team Kansas/Kansas Cavalry, a volunteer group of business leaders.

In addition to the company awards, several individuals were honored at the banquet. They included Wichita businessman Jack P. DeBoer, chairman of the board of Hix Corp., and founder of Residence Inn, Summerfield Hotel Corp. and Candlewood Hotel Co. DeBoer was recognized as the Contemporary Award Winner.