April is Made in Oklahoma Month, and the Made in Oklahoma (MIO) Coalition is encouraging Oklahomans to support local companies and invest in Oklahoma’s economy in celebration of the month.


April is Made in Oklahoma Month, and the Made in Oklahoma (MIO) Coalition is encouraging Oklahomans to support local companies and invest in Oklahoma’s economy in celebration of the month.

MIO Coalition is comprised of more than 40 Oklahoma food producers, processors and manufacturers who process, produce and/or distribute a portion of their product in Oklahoma, and they represent more than 25 different Oklahoma towns and cities and a variety of food industry sectors.

“When Oklahomans buy local products, they help keep jobs in our state and put money back into our local economy,” said Jerry Dyer, MIO Coalition president, “It’s good for you, and good for Oklahoma.”

To kick off this year’s statewide celebration, Gov. Mary Fallin and her family enjoyed a meal made with products from MIO Coalition members and other local products.

“Buying MIO food products ensures your meals are delicious while helping boost Oklahoma’s economy,” said Gov. Fallin. “The local producers provide jobs to 20,000 Oklahomans and their products continue to improve our state’s reputation for quality goods and services. Whenever possible, I encourage all Oklahomans to support local business by purchasing MIO food products, especially during this MIO Month.”

MIO Coalition companies produce a variety of items, including meats, condiments, dairy, beverages, desserts, fruits and baking goods. Restaurants that serve MIO Coalition products are also eligible to join the coalition. Retailers across the state sell coalition products at their stores.

The coalition also gives back to the community through the sale of MIO Paper Towels. In partnership with Orchids Paper Company of Pryor, MIO launched the paper towels in March 2009. Proceeds from the sale of MIO Paper Towels support the Food for Kids Backpack Program at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

The Food for Kids Backpack Program is a school-based, emergency assistance program that provides weekly backpacks full of food to at-risk children. The program currently provides more than 10,000 backpacks of food to school children each week. That need is expected to climb over the next couple years.

Currently, the MIO Paper Towels have generated more than $120,000 which will add more than 600 students to the Foods for Kids Backpack Program.