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Louisiana gains jobs despite losses in five of nine labor markets

Although only four of the state’s nine metro areas added jobs during the 12 months through June, Louisiana’s nonfarm employment still grew by 15,100 jobs to 1,995,800. The Baton Rouge metro area led the way, adding 10,300 jobs during the 12-month period to reach 403,700 jobs. It was the 54th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in nonfarm employment,… Continue reading →

MidSouth Bancorp beats Wall Street forecast

LAFAYETTE – MidSouth Bancorp Inc.’s second-quarter profit climbed to $4.9 million, or 42 cents per share, from $3.9 million, or 34 cents per share, a year ago. Those results easily outstripped Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research had forecast earnings of 24 cents per share However, MidSouth’s second-quarter results included a… Continue reading →

EPI Group, Heart of Hospice acquire two hospices

EPI Group LLC and Lafayette-based Heart of Hospice LLC have acquired the hospice operations of Lakeshore Hospice Acquisition LLC in Hammond and Heart of Hospice of New Orleans LLC. The price was not disclosed. The two hospice facilities serve about 140 patients in southeast Louisiana. Heart of Hospice LLC was founded in 2007 and provides… Continue reading →

Business Honors for July 26, 2015

The Louisiana Restaurant Association has named as its 2015 Restaurateur of the Year Melvin Rodrigue, of Galatoire’s and its brands, as Hall of Fame Inductee chef John Folse; as Associate Member of the Year Brian Girardot, of Community Coffee; and Advocate of the Year U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, representing the state’s second congressional district.… Continue reading →

People in Business for July 26, 2015

Brent J. Guilbeau, of Coleman Partners Architects LLC

Brent J. Guilbeau has been promoted to firm associate at Coleman Partners Architects LLC. Guilbeau, a licensed and LEED-accredited architect, has been with the firm since 2001. He has been lead architect on projects such as the Dunham School’s Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center and upper school gymnasium, Mayfield Elementary in St. Tammany… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for July 26, 2015

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum have formed the Health Information Technology Advisory Council, which will help develop health IT-related strategies in the state. The council consists of 17 members from across the state, representing health care providers, payers… Continue reading →

Pool Corp. reports record second-quarter financial results

Pool Corp. in Covington reported record second-quarter net income of $77.9 million, or $1.75 per share, compared to $73.9 million, or $1.61 per share, for the second quarter of 2014. Net sales for the second quarter hit a record $851.9 million at the international pool supply company, compared to $848.2 million in the second quarter of 2014.… Continue reading →

Casinos rake in 2.3 percent gain to $208.2 million in Louisiana

Casino winnings in Louisiana climbed 2.3 percent in June to $208.2 million from a year ago, primarily on the strength of several of its riverboat casinos. According to figures released by the State Police, riverboat revenue jumped 11.6 percent to $158.9 million, even though nine of the state’s 15 riverboats saw declines. The riverboat category got a… Continue reading →

Louisiana Health Cooperative discontinuing insurance operations after being created with federal funds under Obamacare

Louisiana Health Cooperative Inc., a nonprofit health insurer created with a $65.8 million federal loan under the health care law is winding down its operations at the end of the year and will not offer coverage in 2016. The co-op said it will honor policies for the nearly 17,000 people who currently receive health insurance through the… Continue reading →

Fresh Market opens Metairie store

The Fresh Market Inc. held a grand opening Wednesday at its Metairie store at 755 Veterans Memorial Blvd. The store is the specialty grocer’s fifth in Louisiana. Founded in 1982, the Greensboro, North Carolina-based chain now operates 174 stores in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with plans for continued expansion.… Continue reading →

Louisiana adds 15,100 jobs over 12 months despite oil slump

Louisiana gained 15,100 jobs over the 12 months ending June 30, lifting the state’s total to 1,995,800, the highest June figures on record, despite the continued slump in the oil and gas industry. “Our labor markets seem to be performing well with growth across most industry sectors,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.… Continue reading →

Three Louisiana hospices selected for new Medicare program

Three Louisiana hospices are among the more than 140 selected to take part in a new program that allows Medicare members who qualify to receive hospice care while continuing medical treatment. The Louisiana facilities are St. Joseph Hospice LLC in Baton Rouge; St. Joseph Hospice and Palliative Care Northshore LLC in Covington; and St. Joseph Hospice of… Continue reading →

Twin sisters from Miami eye New Orleans as a market for their cigar company

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Cuban-Americans Yvette and Yvonne Rodriguez of Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars are seen in New Orleans, La. Friday, July 17, 2015.

The city’s half-dozen tobacco shops and cigar bars were alight with activity over the weekend as the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association held its annual convention and trade show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. More than 6,000 retail tobacconists and exhibitors from all over the world were in New Orleans for the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge has netted six video game developers so far

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Fierce-toothed piranhas eat diving bell spiders at the Piranha Jungle level of 'Tadpole Treble,'  a music-oriented adventure video game that Michael Taranto and  brother Matthew Taranto produce through their Baton Rouge-based company, BitFinity.

Louisiana Technology Park has attracted six gaming clients to its nonprofit Baton Rouge incubator, and two are polishing video games for release this summer or early next year. First up is BitFinity, owned by brothers Michael Taranto, 32, of Prairieville, and Matthew Taranto, 30, of Sorrento. They plan to release “Tadpole Treble”… Continue reading →

People in Business for July 19, 2015

Staci Sullivan, of Lane Regional Medical Center

Staci Sullivan has been named chief nursing officer for Lane Regional Medical Center. She was the vice president of infant and pediatric services at Woman’s Hospital. Jeff Mosely has been named vice president of facilities and construction at Our Lady of the Lake… Continue reading →

Business Honors for July 19, 2015

Gervy Papion, State Farm Insurance

Gervy Papion of State Farm Insurance has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Certification is based on completion of courses and examinations, experience and ethics requirements. N-Y Associates Inc. was recognized as the Sustaining Engineering Firm of the… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for July 19, 2015

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University in Baton Rouge is planning a series of free seminars on developing a business plan. The dates are July 20, 22, 27 and 29, each from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with different aspects of developing a… Continue reading →

Iran nuclear deal expected to hold down oil prices but not send them tumbling once again

The nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers likely will put a lid on oil prices for the foreseeable future, industry analysts and regional economists said Tuesday. Therefore, they said, an expected rebound in prices, which some had figured would happen near the end of this year, will probably take longer to happen. How… Continue reading →

Zatarain’s doubles the size of its Gretna manufacturing facility, celebrates 80,000-square-foot expansion

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- General manager Jill Pratt and Plant Manager Franklin Mooney showed Zatarain's  new 80,000 square foot production facility in Gretna Monday, July 13, 2015. The new facility and production lines which will soon occupy it will cut typical blending times from 8-10 minutes to 1 minute or less.

Flanked by a five-piece brass band, Zatarain’s executives on Monday celebrated the completion of a new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility in Gretna that will double the food and spice company’s physical footprint, providing space for future growth and new equipment expected to make its operations more efficient. The company, known for its New… Continue reading →


The LSU Law Center is honoring Edward J. Walters Jr. as the 2015 LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year and Jeffrey K. Coreil, Jennifer A. Jones, Edwin G. Preis Jr., Kimberly L. Robinson and Dean A. Sutherland for Distinguished Achievement. Walters,1975, is a partner at Walters,… Continue reading →

People in Business for July 12, 2015

Robert P. Bobby Fahey, IberiaBank

Marshall Thompson has been named director of group sales at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. He was national sales manager at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida. Marilyn Cosenza Rose has joined the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP as… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for July 12, 2015

Meta, a business specializing in cyber security, national defense and commerce, has been launched in New Orleans. Co-founders are Kent Laursen, former chief technology officer of No Magic Inc., a modeling tool vendor for private industry and defense, and Christopher Galliano, former U.S.… Continue reading →

BP’s change of course opened way for $18.7 billion deal

Advocate Staff Photo by Travis Spradling. Patrick Juneau, newly court-appointed claims administrator for settlement of class-action litigation against oil spiller BP, for the New Orleans court of U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, speaks Thursday,  June 28, 2012 at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La.

After giving up on its long-running effort to oust the Lafayette lawyer administering its multibillion-dollar oil spill settlement program, BP decided early this spring to try a different tack: burying the hatchet. Soon, BP’s chief executive officer, Bob Dudley, traveled to New Orleans to sit down with that lawyer, Patrick Juneau, and try to clear the… Continue reading →

Veterans, military entrepreneur workshops planned

An entrepreneurship workshop for military veterans, active duty service members, guard and reserve, and families will be held in Hammond on July 17 and in New Orleans on July 18. Topics include the basics of entrepreneurship, market research, legal structures of businesses, a veteran-owned small business roundtable discussion, financing a venture and creating a business plan.… Continue reading →

Wellsite Rental merges with Viking Oil Tools

A Washington, D.C.-based equity firm is merging two of its oilfield service companies: Broussard-based Wellsite Rental Services LLC and Viking Oil Tools of The Woodlands, Texas. The merged company will be called Wellsite Fishing and Rental Services LLC, according to NGP Energy Technology Partners, majority owner of Wellsite Rental and Viking Oil Tools. NPG, which also has… Continue reading →

Weekly jobless claims hold steady in Louisiana

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 4 remained the same from the previous week’s total of 2,707. For the comparable week a year earlier, the state department of labor said Friday there were 2,301 claims. Construction had the largest decrease in initial claims, followed by administrative and waste services.… Continue reading →

U.S. oil and natural gas rig count up by 1; Louisiana down 1

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by one this week to 863. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 645 rigs were seeking oil and 217 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,875 rigs… Continue reading →