Best Places to Work - The Journal Record 2018 - Page 49

#13 Small/Medium Employer Website: Twitter Handle: @icotulsa U.S. Corporate Headquarters: Tulsa Industry: Construction Status: Private U.S. Employees: 69 Oklahoma Employees: 69 Year Founded: 1980 Company Leader: Michael Huckaby, manager I ndustrial Controls of Oklahoma LLC is an industrial electrical contractor, providing industrial customers with electrical power and controls construction services. ICO’s services include power distribution, lighting, and machine control installations. The company, known as ICO for short, started in 1980 to provide electrical construction services on small oil-field projects but has ex- panded in the years since to include all industrial electrical projects, no matter how complex. Its mission statement of “Powering Industry – Empowering People” refers to its customers as well as to its commitment to employees. “We want to help people build careers, teaching them the skills that will allow them to grow and tackle ever more challenging projects and positions,” said Manager Mike Huckaby. “We want ICO to be a place where people want to build their career for the long term.” Employees love the four-day workweek – Monday through Thurs- day for 10-hour days – with flexible time off. They also enjoy the an- nual ICO outing at a Tulsa Drillers’ baseball game, the annual holiday party at the Hard Rock Hotel and paid volunteer time off as well as the reimbursement for tutoring and education as they prepare for The Journal Record industry license exams. “Our employees are proud of the work they do, and we try to fo- cus on doing work that helps them be stronger and more competi- tive in their business,” Huckaby, whose parents started the compa- ny. Offering short- and long-term disability insurance is one of the more unusual benefits for a construction company, Huckaby said. “Not a lot of companies in the construction industry do that,” he said. “We wanted to offer those types of insurance to keep them on their feet to help them recover if they have issues that keep them away from work.” ICO recognizes employees who pass their journeyman exam to be licensed electrical contractors with a cash bonus and an email. The company hosts appreciation lunches at various project sites to rec- ognize project and safety milestones, and company leaders attend lunches to connect directly with employees and see projects. Company employees also connect with one another through work activities and social events and occasionally veer off into practical jokes. ICO has about 70 employees, all in Oklahoma, Huckaby said. While it has work throughout the state, its main locations are in Tulsa and Muskogee. 2018 Best Places to Work 49