• 1/1/1970 - 6 killed, officer hurt in crash near Ohio capital

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6 killed, officer hurt in crash near Ohio capital

6 killed, officer hurt in crash near Ohio capital
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) " A social worker says six members of a family killed in a crash with an Ohio police officer were Iraqi refugees who were driving home from holiday visits with family and friends at the time of the accident.Majeda Mohammad works for Community Refugee and Immigration Services in Columbus. She says Eid Badi Shahad and his family had come from Basra, Iraq, to Ohio about three years ago.Shahad, his wife and their four daughters were killed in the wreck. Mohammad said Friday that Shahad's mother and his four sons were home at the time of the accident.Mohammad says the family had been out making visits as part of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/18/crash-ohio-columbus-upper-arlington/3024943/

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6 killed, officer hurt in crash near Ohio capital

6 killed, officer hurt in crash near Ohio capital
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) " A social worker says six members of a family killed in a crash with an Ohio police officer were Iraqi refugees who were driving home from holiday visits with family and friends at the time of the accident.Majeda Mohammad works for Community Refugee and Immigration Services in Columbus. She says Eid Badi Shahad and his family had come from Basra, Iraq, to Ohio about three years ago.Shahad, his wife and their four daughters were killed in the wreck. Mohammad said Friday that Shahad's mother and his four sons were home at the time of the accident.Mohammad says the family had been out making visits as part of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/18/crash-ohio-columbus-upper-arlington/3024943/

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• 1/1/1970 - World Stock Markets & Stock Index Performance - Businessweek

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World Stock Markets & Stock Index Performance - Businessweek

Oct. 19--Hoffman Fixtures Co. started out because of growing demand for ice cream. More than 60 years later, its claim to fame is in shaping solid rock.

The Tulsa-based company has gone from building fixtures for soda-fountain businesses to being one of the area's top suppliers of custom granite countertops.

Granite long has been a premium product, but Hoffman uses high-tech stone cutting and polishing equipment to produce granite components that are cost-competitive with plastic laminates and solid-surface products such as Corian.

The company "is one of the most automated stone fabricators in this area," said third-generation owner Joe Hoffman Sr., 56, the CEO and commercial sales director. Joe Hoffman Jr., chief financial officer, became the fourth-generation Hoffman owner 10 years ago.

"Our stone facility here in Tulsa has four machines that are amazing works of technology, all run by CNC (computer numerical controlled technology)," Joe Hoffman Sr. said.

A walk through the facility's 24,000-square-foot "stone shop" is quite different from a stroll through a woodworking shop. Hoffman's machines are the size of city buses, about as loud and use flowing water as a lubricant for their diamond-tipped blades that quickly cut the stone.

Also audible is the whine of the grit-water jets used to make round edges on granite and quartz. The floor is a quarter-inch deep in pooled water, and the stock being cut is measured in tons.

Jamie Myers, chief operating officer, partner and boss of the stone shop, said in the early days workers used bridge saws that would cut only in straight lines.

"When there was a line curve we had to bring workers in to shape the curve cuts by hand, following a physical template," Myers said. "Today we actually make a digital file from the specifications and upload that file into the computer that sends directions to the machine doing the cutting.

"Using this automated technology, we put out 10 times the amount of work in the same time frame -- bringing down the cost."

Hoffman Fixtures faced different challenges at its inception.

In 1944, Cecil Hoffman managed an ice cream plant in Tulsa. Its customers were building the small, soda-fountain, ice cream stands. As the stands became more popular, their owners needed booths and counters.

"My grandfather had worked as a carpenter," Joe Hoffman Sr. said, "and one of the owners asked him to build store fixtures and also do the booth upholstery. He was successful enough that he started Hoffman Fixtures Co."

Formica became popular for countertops in the mid-1950s, and Cecil Hoffman experimented with that material. He got Joe's father, Elden Hoffman, to come into the business.

They started heating and bending the material to create a "post-formed countertop," which featured curved Formica that fit over medium-density fiberboard.

The business has grown steadily over the years.

"We have retail sales showrooms in Tulsa, Edmond and Springdale, Ark., but do all production in Tulsa," Joe Hoffman Sr. said. "We also own a subsidiary, Aztec Industries, that makes bath surfaces: shower floors, bathtubs, shower walls and vanity tops.

"Today, we have these retail sales outlets selling directly to the public as we have large fabrication facilities in stone and solid surfacing, and with Aztec we have bath products. Cabinetry is brought in from other companies, such as KraftMaid, because customers were asking for turnkey service -- kitchen or bath remodels they wanted to buy completed."

Jerrod Roark, director of retail sales and a fourth partner, said a good price range on cabinets is $3,000 to $30,000, depending on the space, the finish used, wood species and options. Countertops -- plastic laminate, Corian solid surface, granite or quartz -- is $35 to $100 per square foot. Sinks are separate, $250 to $1,000.

Backsplashes (18-inch) are $400 to $800, and ceramic porcelain floor tile is $10 to $20 per square foot.

The company has 412 active jobs on its books, said Joe Hoffman Sr.

"When the bottom fell out in '09, fortunately things in our area were not nearly as bad as elsewhere," he said. "Building fell off and residential construction fell off. That's when we bought an Oklahoma City company that was going out of business. This provided us an additional customer base that within a few months replaced what we'd lost in Tulsa, and we stayed alive.

"The growing demand of two markets forced us to automate."

The company purchased a special stone-cutter that uses a water jet, and added a CNC router edge polisher, a second router and a multihead line polisher.

"This made us very profitable and helped us keep the business going and quite a number of people employed," Hoffman said.

"About a year ago the light at the end of the tunnel started to brighten."

Phil Mulkins 918-699-8888

phil.mulkins@tulsaworld.com

Hoffman Fixtures Co.

Address: 6031 S. 129th East Ave., Suite B, Tulsa OK 74134-6740

Founded: Jan. 1, 1949

Employees: 64 companywide (40 in Tulsa)

Phone: 918-252-0451

Email: joehoffman@hfccountertops.com

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