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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Round House Manufacturing praised

  • In the mist of a nationwide economic downturn, one Shawnee business is receiving praise for its wide success and entrepreneurial attitude.
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  • In the mist of a nationwide economic downturn, one Shawnee business is receiving praise for its wide success and entrepreneurial attitude.
     
    Labor commissioner Mark Costello presented Round House Manufacturing with an award for Entrepreneurial Excellence in Oklahoma.
     
    Round House manufactures overalls and is widely recognized for its “Made in USA” labeling.
     
    The company has been making clothing since 1903, when Shawnee served as a railroad hub.
     
    Round House President Jim Antosh and his son and vice president of Round House, David Antosh, accepted the award from the Labor Department.
     
    Costello said entrepreneurs are the foundation of Oklahoma’s successful economy.
     
    “Here you have the most efficient manufacturing company I’ve ever seen in Oklahoma,” Costello said. “We need to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of Oklahomans because they’re doing something great for the state.”
     
    Round House ships clothing to all 50 states and 20 other countries, including England, Japan, China and Russia, David said.
     
    “The ‘Made in the USA’ label is really popular overseas,” he said.
     
    One of Round House’s prides is its adaptable schedule for working parents.
     
    Round House offers a flexible schedule for workers with children, Jim said.
     
    “They can either work the 7 to 3:30 shift or 7 to 5 and have Friday afternoon off,” Jim said. “The workers with kids can get off when the kids get out of school.”
     
    Round House makes about 1,000 pairs of overalls and 500 pairs of jeans every day, Jim said.
     
    Representatives Justin Wood and Josh Cockroft also were present for the ceremony.
     
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