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Chevron to cut 350 jobs in Gulf; unknown how Covington office will be affected

Chevron said Wednesday it plans to cut 350 jobs in the Gulf of Mexico next year. The latest round of layoffs to hit the U.S. oil giant comes as Chevron accelerates plans to sell off its shallow-water assets in the Gulf in order to focus on deepwater drilling. The process is set to begin next year… Continue reading →

Proposed Moxy Hotel gets another setback from Historic Committee Tuesday

Rendering from John T. Campo & Associates Inc.-- The Moxy Hotel, center, a proposed five-story, 45,000-square-foot Marriott-branded hotel, hit a setback Tuesday when the Historic District Landmarks Commission’s Architectural Review Committee opposed the latest version of the project in the 700 block of St. Charles Avenue in the Central Business District.

Plans to build a Moxy Hotel in the 700 block of St. Charles Avenue in the Central Business District hit another setback Tuesday when the Historic District Landmarks Commission’s Architectural Review Committee opposed the latest version of the project. The proposed building would be a five-story, 45,000-square-foot Marriott-branded hotel. The property is owned by… Continue reading →

A day early? Check out when New Orleans-area stores will swing doors open for Black 'Friday' shoppers

Associated Press file photo -- Retalers are ready fo the nearly 136 million consumers expected to participate nationally in the busiest shopping weekend of the year. Many of them are making more if not all of the same Black Friday deals available online as in stores.

Lured by the promise of deep discounts on hot-ticket items such as home appliances, big-screen televisions and video game consoles, plenty of people will put away the leftovers and head to the store on Thursday as more retailers begin opening their doors on Thanksgiving rather than waiting for Friday. Nearly 136 million consumers may participate in… Continue reading →

South Louisiana retailers stay hopeful about strong holiday shopping season

South Louisiana retailers said they are optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season, which will start in earnest at many stores and shopping malls on Thanksgiving night. This will be the second holiday season for The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Frank Quinn, general manager of the shopping center in New Orleans’ Central Business… Continue reading →

People in Business for Nov. 22, 2015

Mike Nizzo, Investar Bank

Investar Bank has named Mike Nizzo as regional chief lending officer and senior vice president, focusing on growing the commercial loan portfolio and products and serving the treasury management, deposit and other businesses needs in the area. He was senior commercial lender at Business First Bank. Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Nov. 22, 2015

A free Maritime Career Fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 as part of the three-day International WorkBoat Show at the Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. The career fair is being presented by the Louisiana Workforce… Continue reading →

U.S. rig count declines by 10; Louisiana down 4

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 10 to 757. The company said Friday that 564 rigs were seeking oil and 193 natural gas. A year ago, with oil prices almost double the prices now, 1,929… Continue reading →

Louisiana loses 8,800 nonfarm jobs as oil slumps, other sectors take a hit

Louisiana’s nonfarm employment fell by 8,800 jobs for the 12 months ending in October, as the state lost ground in seven of 11 economic sectors. The 0.4 percent decline dropped Louisiana to 1,992,900 jobs in October from a year ago, according to preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the same 12-month period, the… Continue reading →

Associated Terminals’ Fennelly donates $1 million to United Way

David Fennelly, chairman of marine services companies Associated Terminals and Turn Services, announced a $1 million gift Thursday to United Way of Southeast Louisiana. He made the announcement while being presented the agency’s 2015 Alexis de Tocqueville Award. “We want people to lead the best life possible. The ability and attitude to accomplish anything is our motto… Continue reading →

Louisiana construction industry expects strong 2016

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Cranes operate last month at the Cheniere Sabine Pass LNG Terminal, one of the projects driving industrial construction in southwest Louisiana.

Louisiana’s construction industry is headed for another strong year in 2016, with job growth expected in the Lake Charles and New Orleans areas, according to speakers at the South Louisiana Economic Forum. “I picture it as fairly level. … The good part about it, we just had in our local operation the best year ever,” said Newton Thomas,… Continue reading →

Largest health insurer questions ties to exchanges

UnitedHealth chopped its 2015 earnings forecast and the nation’s largest health insurer has begun to question its future in public insurance exchanges, a key component in the nation’s health care overhaul. The company said Thursday that it would pull back on the marketing of its exchange business a few weeks after open enrollment for that coverage began… Continue reading →

New Orleans City Council approves condo building on State Street, Bywater mixed-use development

The New Orleans City Council gave the go-ahead Thursday to a proposal to demolish 13 multifamily buildings along the river end of State Street in Uptown, unanimously rebuffing the City Planning Commission, which had recommended rejecting the project. The proposal calls for demolishing 68 units in the existing buildings along State Street between Tchoupitoulas… Continue reading →

New Orleans casino market winnings dip slightly in October

The New Orleans casino market saw its winnings fall slightly by 0.3 percent in October because of a drop in winnings at Harrah’s and the slots at the Fair Grounds. The three riverboats, downtown casino and slots at the racetrack brought in nearly $52.2 million during the month, according to figures released Thursday by Continue reading →

BioAesthetics wins $25,000 New Orleans BioInnovation Center competition

BioAesthetics, a New Orleans biomedical startup that works to improve reconstruction options for breast cancer patients after they undergo mastectomies, won the top prize of $25,000 Wednesday at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center’s annual BioChallenge Pitch Competition. The center, an incubator for science and technology businesses, held the live-pitch event to help support and draw… Continue reading →

Shell reveals oil discovery 60 miles off Louisiana coast

Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday it has found 100 million barrels of oil equivalent at its Kaikias discovery, which is located about 60 miles off Louisiana’s coast. In August, appraisal drilling at Kaikias revealed nearly 300 feet of net oil pay, the company said. Shell owns and operates three production facilities in the Mars-Ursa basin,… Continue reading →

Maintenance at Norco refinery in St. Charles causes significant flaring

Maintenance at the Shell/Motiva manufacturing complex in St. Charles Parish caused significant flaring Wednesday, visible 25 miles away in New Orleans. The flaring happened as the refinery restarted two of its units that had been shut down since last month for scheduled maintenance, said spokeswoman Rochelle Touchard. Elevated flaring is expected to continue until the units are… Continue reading →

Canadian Pacific bids for railroad rival Norfolk Southern

Associated Press file photo -- Norfolk Southern, which operates in 22 mostly eastern states and has an intermodal yard in New Orleans, received an acquisition bid from Canadian Pacific.

Canadian Pacific says it wants to buy Norfolk Southern to create a much larger transcontinental railroad. The company did not disclose the price Tuesday but said the offer includes a “sizable premium in cash and stock” to Norfolk shareholders. A Norfolk Southern representative could not be reached immediately. Canadian Pacific operates in Canada, stretching from Vancouver… Continue reading →

Air Liquide to buy Airgas

French industrial gas producer Air Liquide will buy U.S. counterpart Airgas in a deal valued at about $10.3 billion. The companies say Air Liquide will pay $143 in cash for each share of Airgas in a deal that already has been approved by the boards of both companies. Including debt, the deal is worth $13.4 billion.… Continue reading →

McGlinchey Stafford law firm expands into Alabama

The law firm of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC has expanded into Alabama, with an office opening in Birmingham The new office marks 13 for the firm in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington, D.C. An initial team of four attorneys with experience in commercial litigation, commercial real estate and financial services litigation… Continue reading →

Louisiana finds employers misclassify thousands of workers as independent contractors

The Louisiana Workforce Commission expects 2015 will yield a second consecutive record number of workers that employers have misclassified as independent contractors. As of Nov. 12, audits of 865 companies have identified nearly 9,400 people who should have been considered employees, not independent contractors, according to the state agency. By the end of the year, LWC expects… Continue reading →

Louisiana sees big improvement in worker safety at private companies, tops state rankings

Work-related injuries and illnesses among Louisiana’s private companies fell to their lowest level in 13 years and pushed Louisiana to the top of state rankings, according to figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Louisiana had just 2 incidents per 100 full-time workers in 2014, down from 2.2 a year earlier, the BLS survey shows. The… Continue reading →

Conrad Industries reports lower third-quarter profit

Conrad Industries Inc. in Morgan City reported third-quarter net income of $2.0 million, or 35 cents per share, compared to net income of $4.5 million, or 74 cents per share, a year ago. Conrad’s backlog of work was $91.1 million at Sept. 30, compared to $135.0 million a year ago. Since Sept. 30 and as of Nov.… Continue reading →

Heavy rains hit Louisiana sugar cane industry hard, reducing crop yields

Photo provided by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry -- Sugar cane fields flooded from backwater caused by heavy weekend rains and southeasterly winds during October and November.

The fall’s heavy rains hit the Louisiana sugar cane industry at just about the worst possible time, slowing down the harvesting process, reducing crop yields, knocking down thousands of acres of plants and flooding fields. “These are not the best conditions for a harvest,” said Ken Gravois, a sugar cane specialist with the… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Nov. 15, 2015

Ilya Vekhter, LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy

Latter & Blum was presented the Corporate Responsibility Award at the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation’s Stake Out for Justice annual fundraising luncheon. Latter & Blum President Rick Haase accepted on behalf of Latter & Blum for its efforts in providing advice and acting as a liaison between the foundation and… Continue reading →

People in Business for Nov. 15, 2015

Bruce Salisbury, Capital Area Human Services

Darrell Hoffman has been named director of marketing at medical malpractice insurer LAMMICO. He was senior account executive at Dawson Companies/Assured Partners in Winter Springs, Florida. Capital Area Human Services has named Bruce Salisbury as director of information technology. Salisbury was infrastructure manager for the… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Nov. 15, 2015

The Joint Corp. in Scottsdale, Arizona, is targeting New Orleans for an expansion in Louisiana for its franchised chiropractic clinics. The company already has 280 clinics in 27 states, including four open and another four in development in Louisiana.… Continue reading →