Petra Marks 30th Anniversary with New Warehouse Opening
Distributor Petra Industries marked its 30th year in business Oct. 22 with a gala reception and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly acquired and renovated 525,000-square-foot warehouse in its headquarters city of Edmond, Okla.
The more than 300 guests at the event had the opportunity to see the new state-of-the-art facility, which features an innovative warehouse management system that more than doubles the capacity of the company’s “pick and pack” operations.
Attendees at the event were Petra Founder and CEO Bill Stewart, and his wife, Cindy, Petra President Tate Morgan, and local officials including Edmond Chamber President and CEO Ken Moore, Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell, Josh Attaway, Sharon Fitzpatrick, Autumn Everett, Charles Oliver, Steve Kasch, Rod Ferguson, Lissa Qualls and Joan Curtis.
At the reception following the ceremony, Stewart reflected on the triumphs and difficulties he and Cindy had encountered in the years since their business was launched from the garage of their home, and on how Petra has grown. “This warehouse is a game-changer for Petra,” he said. “No one in this business has the capabilities that this warehouse affords us, and the potential it has to help us grow is incredible.”
Morgan also spoke on behalf of Petra’s employees. “Bill started this company with a vision to build a business on a foundation of service, integrity and value for customers that would adapt and change at the same rapid pace as our industry,” he said, thanking Stewart for creating and guiding his business into an industry leader. He also presented the Stewarts with a statue replicating The Guardian monument atop the Oklahoma State Capitol.