Cherokee Nation hosts dinner to welcome Star Pipe

February 6, 2017

(L to R) Career Services Executive Director Diane Kelley, Executive Vice President of Cherokee Nation Businesses Chuck Garrett, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., SP Foundry General Manager Bill Nestel, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Victoria Vazquez and Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin.(L to R) Career Services Executive Director Diane Kelley, Executive Vice President of Cherokee Nation Businesses Chuck Garrett, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., SP Foundry General Manager Bill Nestel, Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Speaker Victoria Vazquez and Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin.

SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation held a dinner Thursday in South Coffeyville to welcome the new company SP Foundry, which is bringing 250 jobs to Nowata County.

Last year Texas-based Star Pipe Products, parent of SP Foundry, announced it was expanding its manufacturing business to northeast Oklahoma. Star Pipe manufactures and distributes quality iron products for the water and wastewater industry.

“We just wanted Star Pipe to know we’re glad they brought their business to Oklahoma, South Coffeyville and into the Cherokee Nation’s tribal jurisdiction,” said Diane Kelley, executive director of Cherokee Nation Career Services, which is helping recruit and train quality workers for the new facility.

More than 200 people attended the brisket dinner, including Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Executive Vice President of Cherokee Nation Businesses Chuck Garrett, and Tribal Councilors Victoria Vazquez and Dick Lay.

SP Foundry’s General Manager Bill Nestel, Human Resources Manager Mary Nolte and other key leaders also attended.

“SP Foundry is excited to be in South Coffeyville and bringing new jobs and growth in Oklahoma, and we’re thankful the Cherokee Nation and other partners have offered their support,” Nestel said.

Cherokee Nation leaders presented Star Pipe’s leaders with a plaque recognizing them for relocating. The dinner was held at the Native American Fellowship Inc. community center.

“Star Pipe will infuse critical payroll and infrastructure dollars into the South Coffeyville area, improving many lives for years to come, and the Cherokee Nation wanted to celebrate that milestone,” Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Vazquez said.