Standley Systems, CV Tech Are Partners for Progress in 2017

Standley Systems of Chickasha has expanded to seven locations throughout Oklahoma. Canadian Valley Technology Center has played a role in the company’s success by providing safety and leadership training. Pictured (from left) are CV Tech’s Dick Lowe, Gayla Lutts, Angela Lewis, Standley Systems CEO Tim Elliott, and CV Tech's Dr. Greg Winters, Bill Bradley and Tracy Goyne.

February 23, 2017 

CHICKASHA – Edna Standley no doubt saw the joy her son Fred had each time he fixed something. As many mothers do, she sought ways to ignite his fervor.

At a time in the early 1930s when America longed for good times to return, young Fred discovered what made him tick. He longed to turn his passion into a small niche business.

Edna must have seen decades into the future the day she traded a small piece of land in Amber, Oklahoma, for money that helped Fred start a business in nearby Chickasha.

Fred realized his dream in 1934 with the opening of the Fred Standley Typewriter Company, where he cleaned, sold and serviced office machines.

Some 83 years later, the business has prospered as Standley Systems, under the guidance of Fred’s grandson, Tim Elliott. The company now employs 120 people in seven locations throughout the state.

Canadian Valley Technology Center has partnered with Standley Systems, mostly by providing safety and leadership training and a variety of customized services and equipment.

In recognition of the partnership, CV Tech has named Standley Systems as its 2017 Partner for Progress.

The honor is bestowed annually by technology centers statewide to businesses and industries that have made outstanding contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of Oklahoma technology centers.

Awards are provided by the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE), which is an educational leadership organization that partners with tech centers who provide a productive and competitive workforce.

“Our partnership has enriched the lives of our students and expanded the services available to the CV Tech community,” said CV Tech’s Chickasha Campus Business and Industry Services Director Angela Lewis. “They are a model for other leaders in our community.

“They are passionate about Oklahoma and investing time and resources to making this a better place to live and raise strong families.”

Elliott said the partnership is mutually beneficial. He recalls Standley Systems’ first involvement with Canadian Valley more than 20 years ago.

“We took out 200 pieces of equipment that could print copies and replaced them with 30 pieces that could print,” he said. “We reduced their cost, made them more efficient and saved taxpayer dollars.”

The company provides multi-functional copiers, digital duplicators, wide format printers, IT solutions and document management solutions.

“They are truly an agent for economic growth and development in the CV Tech District and all of Oklahoma,” Lewis said. “Standley Systems employees reveal the hearts of servants.

“Led by Tim Elliott, Standley’s measures its return and defines wealth by the progress of its people within the communities it serves. They promote innovation and customer service, and pride themselves in being a blessing to our school, our local businesses and creating a solid foundation for future growth and prosperity.”