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Time to Meet Your Makers | Cool Stuff Made in Oklahoma



President Jim Antosh and the World's Largest Overalls

The Sooner State is known for exports like natural gas, oil, wheat and beef, but world-famous smokers and grills? Jaw-droppingly gorgeous muscle cars? You bet. These premier products are undeniably cool … and Oklahoman to the core.

Oklahomans love making great things. We export over $4 billion a year in goods and services to more than 190 international markets. Reigning as the ninth-biggest state exporter of boilers and containers is impressive, but heavy metal objects don’t offer much cachet. Instead, we rounded up made-in-Oklahoma products with global appeal that will make you say, “Wow!”

We found a pre-statehood clothing company embraced by celebrities; a mechanic shop in demand by muscle car fanatics; a maker of premium smokers favored by professional and amateur barbeque champs; and a software company that’s at your service in hotels – but only behind the screens.



Round House

Around the World

Round House Prides Itself On Being The Largest Maker Of American-Made Jeans And Overalls. The Only Thing Better Than That Is They’re All Made In Wewoka And Shawnee.

The 110-year-old garment maker is the oldest manufacturer in the state and exports around the globe to more than 25 countries. Its notable celebrity sightings include actor Christopher Walken wearing Round House overalls in the movie “Joe Dirt,” and country singer Miranda Lambert sporting them on her honeymoon with husband Blake Shelton.

Its biggest overseas market is Japan, says company Vice President David Antosh.

“Japanese customers love American brands with a long history of quality,” he said. “The same jeans or overalls that you can buy at a western store here can be purchased at a high-end boutique in Shibuya, Tokyo.”

About 80 employees make over 1,000 denim garments a day, mostly woven from Oklahoma cotton. One 17-foot-tall pair of overalls holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest.
Although many garment manufacturers have moved to China, Mexico and other low-wage locales over the years, the state’s 2011 exporter of the year plans to stay buttoned down in Oklahoma.

“Our brand is based on being made in America,” Antosh said. “We would never think of moving overseas.”

Denim stacks high as Round House seamstresses weave their magic at the Shawnee factory in the early 1900s.



Classic Recreations

Yukon’s Fantasy Factory

Classic Recreations In Yukon Caters To Clients Worldwide Who Love Muscle Cars And Possess An innate Need For Speed. But Sometimes The New Owners’ Reactions To The Stunning And Powerful Shelby Speed Demons Created By Owner Jason Engel And Crew Are Completely Unexpected.

“We had a client fly in from Maine to view his Shelby, and once he started the car he did a huge donut in the parking lot here at our facility,” Engel said. “Tire smoke was boiling out everywhere and Our Employees’ Mouths Hit The ground. That was a huge shock.”

Classic Recreations opened in 2004 and has since restored and crafted more than 150 custom sports cars, mostly classic Ford Mustangs. They’ve been delivered to movie stars and pro athletes and to places as far away as Russia and Sri Lanka.

Photo courtesy Classic Recreations

Classic Recreations’ premier and most powerful model is the Shelby GT500CR 900S, which sells for around $200,000. It can tap 750 or more horsepower running on 91 octane – something of an engineering marvel given the power-generating limits of gas station fuels. This roadrunner has hit 191 mph and roars from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds.

Engel himself owns two Shelby models. He grew up in Yukon surrounded by muscle cars that his father sold. He was not unknown to local law enforcement. He says driving a true muscle car is “almost euphoric.”

“I have had a fair share of speeding tickets in my lifetime here in Oklahoma, but the older I get the more cautious I become,” he said. “At one point as a teenager, driving my modified Mustang, I had over 13 tickets on my record.”

Photo courtesy Classic Recreations



Monscierge

A Company Worth Checking Out

You Won’t Necessarily See The Monscierge Brand During Your Next Luxury Hotel Stay, But There’s a Good Chance The Oklahoma City Tech Startup Will Make Your Visit Terrifically More Enjoyable.

Since its launch in 2009, the rapidly growing company has been knocking out home runs (its headquarters is across the street from Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark) in the hotel industry. Twelve of the world’s top 15 brands are clients, including Marriott, Doubletree and specialty groups such as NYLO in Dallas.

Monscierge creates guest experience software that’s usually branded under the hotel chain’s name. As a traveler, you may be closer to home than you think if you’re tapping a 42-inch Virtual Concierge touchscreen in a Novotel lobby overseas. If a hotel offers a smartphone app to order room service, book excursions, check out and more, Monscierge probably wrote the app for that.

Hundreds of hotels across the globe – from Los Amigos Beach Club on Spain’s Southern coast to the downtown New York City Marriott  – have adopted the tech-savvy, innovative ideas dreamed up by the 36-employee company. The firm is already dipping into a future growth area in the health care market – offering hospitality at hospitals.

“We have a lot of ideas on white boards,” Chief Experience Officer Marcus Robinson said. “It’s just a matter of time and an increase in staff at this point – and not losing focus on our primary suite while we are still growing.”



Cookshack

50 Years and Still Smokin

If you’re having trouble getting your barbeque brisket just right, it’s probably time to invest in one of Oklahoma’s best smokers: The $19,325 Cookshack FEC 750 from the Fast Eddy commercial line made in Ponca City.

The Whitt’s Barbecue chain in Nashville uses more than a dozen of them to cook nearly 10,000 pounds of pork most days. As a home user, though, you could opt for the Smokette Elite, but it only handles up to 25 pounds at a time.

Cookshack has been making premium-quality smokers and grills for more than five decades. Its annual sales this year will be close to $10 million – 15 percent of that in international markets, said CEO and President Stuart Powell.

Powell employs three smokers at his home for different types of meats, ranging from bacon to fish.

“Several years ago I was at a trade show in Germany and went to this small restaurant to have dinner,” Powell said. “They had some smoked items on their menu. I asked the waiter what they were smoking in, and he couldn’t really understand my English enough to figure out what I was talking about, so I gave him one of my business cards. About five minutes later the owner comes out and says, ‘Are you from Ponca City?’ I said yes, and he said, ‘That is where our smoker is from!’” 

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July 2019

A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, is coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 - 6:30...

Cost: $4-$6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
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Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
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Start your Sunday morning by perfecting your practice during our outdoor yoga class. Enjoy the beauty of yoga outdoors in the glow of the Ferris Wheel lights! This class welcomes all levels, from...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
1701 S. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73109
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Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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A nationally touring exhibit “Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild.” will open May 24 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. This exhibit explores the significance of...

Cost: $4 - $6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
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Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

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A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, is coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 - 6:30...

Cost: $4-$6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

A nationally touring exhibit “Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild.” will open May 24 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. This exhibit explores the significance of...

Cost: $4 - $6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

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Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A nationally touring exhibit “Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild.” will open May 24 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. This exhibit explores the significance of...

Cost: $4 - $6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, is coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 - 6:30...

Cost: $4-$6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

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Our summer series is geared toward teaching printmaking in the classroom. Each Tuesday night from 5:30-8 p.m., we will show several different ways to approach 4 printmaking styles. You will...

Cost: $75

Where:
ARTSPACE at Untitled
1 NE 3rd st
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.815.9995
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A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, is coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 - 6:30...

Cost: $4-$6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A nationally touring exhibit “Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild.” will open May 24 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. This exhibit explores the significance of...

Cost: $4 - $6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

Show More...
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Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A nationally touring exhibit “Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild.” will open May 24 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. This exhibit explores the significance of...

Cost: $4 - $6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, is coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 - 6:30...

Cost: $4-$6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, is coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 - 6:30...

Cost: $4-$6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

A nationally touring exhibit “Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild.” will open May 24 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. This exhibit explores the significance of...

Cost: $4 - $6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

You don’t want to miss Crossings' 11th Annual Beast Feast on July 26. You’ll enjoy a sportsman’s feast, hunting and fishing expo, fellowship, prizes, and a special...

Cost: $15

Where:
Crossings Community Church - OKC Campus
14600 North Portland Avenue
OKC, OK  73134
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Sponsor: Crossings Community Church
Telephone: 405-302-1209
Contact Name: Pam Ingle
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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District & Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and, quite possibly, an amazing...

Cost: Adult: $20 Seniors and Children: $15

Where:
Regatta Park Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73119
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma River Cruises
Telephone: 405-702-7755
Contact Name: Che Loessberg
Website »

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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District & Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma...

Cost: Adults $20; Seniors and Children $15

Where:
Regatta Park Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73119
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma River Cruises
Telephone: 405-702-7755
Contact Name: Che Loessberg
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

A Texas State of Mind, featuring the art of Larry G. Lemons of Nocona, TX, is coming to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK.  A meet the artist reception will be 3:30 - 6:30...

Cost: $4-$6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
www.onthechisholmtrail.com
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK, has many indoor activities planned for this year’s free National Day of the Cowboy celebration. A nationally-touring exhibit, Bison: Ancient....

Cost: Free

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Stacy Moore
Website »

More information

A nationally touring exhibit “Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild.” will open May 24 at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, OK. This exhibit explores the significance of...

Cost: $4 - $6

Where:
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway
Duncan, OK  73533
View map »


Sponsor: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
Telephone: 580.252.6692
Contact Name: Toni Hopper
Website »

More information

America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: $59.95

Where:
The Skirvin Hilton
1 Park Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: The Dinner Detective
Telephone: 866.496.0535
Website »

More information

The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District & Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and, quite possibly, an amazing...

Cost: Adult: $20 Seniors and Children: $15

Where:
Regatta Park Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73119
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma River Cruises
Telephone: 405-702-7755
Contact Name: Che Loessberg
Website »

More information

The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District & Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel, and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma...

Cost: Adults $20; Seniors and Children $15

Where:
Regatta Park Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73119
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma River Cruises
Telephone: 405-702-7755
Contact Name: Che Loessberg
Website »

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