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“T anks to PEC for taking care of my business on the outside while we are growing and expanding on the inside.”


--Don Sims donslazysjerky.com Allen, OK


Pictured above (l-r): PEC Members Flossie and Don Sims, owners of Don’s Lazy S Jerky.


kitchen 20 years ago along with all of his jerky spices and equipment, she just thought she was getting rid of the never- ending smell of beef jerky.


Spicing Things Up the Co-op Way W


by Jennifer Boeck


hen Flossie Sims kicked her husband Don out of their home’s


cook room with two heaters, in addition to a walk-in cooler and two walk-in freezers.


With the meat, spices and dehydrators out of the house, Flossie’s daily meals were immediately relieved of the jerky aroma, but Don’s hobby quickly took shape in his new ‘jerky shack’ outside their house. Before the shack became too small, he would perfect his jerky recipes according to his lumberyard buddies’ liking and process 77 deer in his fi nal season in the shack, all with a single knife blade in his hand.


“Flavor and quality make the diff erence, advised Mr. Sims. “I could not fi nd beef jerky to satisfy my taste, so I decided to make my own. With the help of my friends, I discovered perfection.”


In April 2004, the Sims moved into their new federally inspected plant located in the Bob G. Plunk Industrial Park at 6860 County Road 3703 in Allen, Oklahoma.


PEC has provided power to Don’s Lazy S Jerky since it opened in 2004. As demand for their special brand of jerky has grown, so has their need for power. The facility now houses three big dehydrators and a


“Thanks to PEC for taking care of my business on the outside while we are growing and expanding on the inside,” Mr. Sims said.


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The jerky presently ships all over the United States with distributors in fi ve other states outside of Oklahoma.


The business operation also includes a meat counter, daily lunch deli and custom meat processing. On average, 200 to 250 deer are processed during deer season.


What began as a challenge to make the best jerky from the family kitchen has evolved into a business that currently employs seven people, including two of the Sims’ own sons.


When asked what he anticipates for the future, Don stated, “I still want to get a hold of some astronauts because I would like for my jerky to go to the moon and outer space.”


And that’s not all. “When I die, I want a


bag of jerky buried in my coffi n. That way, I know that my jerky will have gone with me as far below and as high above as it could go.”


April’s Co-op Proud products:


Sure B.E.T. (Bills Electronically Transferred) - one of PEC’s most popular payment methods. Your bill is automatically paid from your checking or savings account on the due date.


Heat pump fi nancing - rates as low as 7.5% for qualifi ed members (certain restrictions apply).


Energy effi ciency rebates paid for qualifi ed heat pump and electrtic water heater installations completed within the past 6 months. For more info, contact our offi ce during business ours or visit www.PeoplesElectric. coop/rebates.


Purchase or join a monthly featured product any time throughout the year, and you’ll be entered to win a Co-op Proud gift basket. Our next drawing is on June 2, 2014. The lucky winner will enjoy a variety of products produced and sold by nine member-owned and operated businesses from Oklahoma electric cooperatives including Don’s Lazy S Jerky.


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