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New Business Ribbon Cutting

A Ribbon Cutting was held for NEO Health and Wellness Center on Monday, August 12th, to celebrate their recent chamber membership.

(102 E Steve Owens Blvd Miami, OK)

The NEO Health and Wellness Center helps Oklahoma residents of all ages fight opioid addiction. The center treats patients with a prescription medicine called “Suboxone,” which helps minimize opioid withdrawal symptoms.
“Our goal is to make people feel comfortable and not feel like they did something wrong — because they haven’t,” explained CEO Shari Murphee.

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Project Pride

Project Pride McDonald’s

Project Pride recognizes those companies who have enhanced the curb appeal of their business, demonstrated pride in their business surroundings, improved landscaping to look cleaner and greener, and/or is attractive to the general audience. The Chamber’s Ambassadors coordinates this awards program and will make presentations on a bi-monthly basis to those well-deserving of this recognition. Nominations for this prestigious bi-monthly award may be sent at any time during the year. Each month designated Ambassadors will review the nomination forms and select the most deserving applicant for making a curb appeal impact in the City of Miami or Ottawa County.

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July 20th, 2019 will be the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission to put the first man on the moon. The engines from Apollo 11 were made at Rocketdyne in Neosho, MO.

When Rocketdyne came to Neosho in 1956, the plant was built by the Aerojet-General Corporation. The plant was designed to manufacture liquid rocket engines. One of the speakers at the ground breaking ceremony, April 21, 1956, was Air Force General Edwin W. Rawlings, who said.

“I see in these waiting Missouri fields a breeding place of airpower of weapons with far greater capabilities than those of any which we now possess for enforcing the peace of the world and smashing the irresponsible aggression of men of ill will. I am also warmed and reassured by the knowledge that there will be something more here too-that the facilities will eventually serve not only the ends of power, but also those of knowledge and the peaceful extension of free man’s horizons.”

Certainly those words “free man’s horizons” were fulfilled as the engines at Rocketdyne enlarged man’s horizons.

Less than two months after the ground breaking ceremony, the plant was transferred from Aerojet-General to Rocketdyne, a division of North American Aviation. It was then known as Rocketdyne-Neosho.

Once the company began hiring, many of the management and engineering employees came from other places, particularly from company plants in California. But the bulk of the employees were “home grown” here in Neosho and Newton County. Many employees like to say that they crawled off their tractors and came into Neosho to make rocket engines.

During the 12 years that Rocketdyne was in Neosho, the city became known as “Spacetown U. S. A.”

The plant was visited by many famous engineers, astronauts, and politicians. Perhaps the most famous visitor was Werhner Von Braun, the world famous German rocket scientist who came to this country after World War II to help with America’s rocket program.

But it was with the hands of local men and woman that the Neosho Rocketdyne plant was able to fabricate, assemble and test more than 3000 rocket engines. Neosho reputation stretched far and wide and was touted as one if the company’s best plants. One astronaut is said to have stated that when he was assigned to a rocket launch, he always wanted to know where the engines were made. If he found they were made in Neosho, then he didn’t have to worry.

The plant made engines for such rockets as the Thor, Jupiter and Atlas. The crowning achievements were the engines the Neosho plant made for the Apollo program. This included the Apollo 11 mission to put the first man on the moon. This historic event was on July 20, 1969—some fifty years ago.

Literally hundreds of local men and woman were the homemade geniuses who worked every day to make engines that showed their skills and made America the undisputed leader in space exploration. Many of these men and women still live here and are proud of their work in the nation’s space industry.

These men and woman were given a special calling and they proudly answered the call. They should be saluted and honored for what they did for Neosho and for America.

Written by Kay Hively
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