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Tulane Neurosurgery Group to provide services at East Jefferson Hospital

East Jefferson General Hospital

Tulane Neurosurgery Group has taken over neurosurgical services at East Jefferson General Hospital, a move that will bring into the medical center services that had previously been provided at outside clinics. The result could be a financial boost for the struggling hospital. East Jefferson President and CEO Dr. Mark Peters said adding the Tulane… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Sept. 14, 2014

Joey Munn, Progressive Safety Innovators

Business leaders will share the secrets of their successes and best business practices in the Tulane Business Forum’s 35th program, “Taking Flight: Business Leaders Executing Plans for Success,” from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The forum highlights achievements of… Continue reading →

People in Business for Sept. 14, 2014

Rene Clouatre, Business First Bank

Rene Clouatre has been named vice president, associate chief credit officer, at Business First Bank. He was a loan review specialist with the FDIC and previously director of internal audit for The Shaw Group. Clouatre is from New Orleans and a graduate of the University of New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Sept. 14, 2014

Timothy McCall Sr., Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division/International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance Inc. announced the winners of its Seventh Annual Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards, recognizing contractors who invest in workforce development programs that include recruitment, assessment, training, career path development and retention of employees. The GBRIA Craft Workforce Development Most Valuable Plant award was presented to BASF Corp. and The… Continue reading →

Massive new construction tool ready at Michoud

A massive structure described by NASA as the world’s largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system. The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide structure is called the Vertical Assembly Center. It will play a key role in construction of… Continue reading →

Entergy receives economic development award

Entergy has been named one of the nation’s Top 10 utilities in economic development for 2013 by Site Selection magazine. The company was chosen for its efforts to help attract nearly $21 billion in projects, which could result in as many as 9,200 jobs across its four-state service territory of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Louisiana accounted… Continue reading →

PMI Energy Services opens Morgan City shorebase

Photo provided by PMI Energy Services -- PMI Energy Services has opened a shorebase in Morgan City, supporting oil and gas production and drilling activities in shelf, coastal and inland waters.

PMI Energy Services has opened a shorebase in Morgan City, supporting oil and gas production and drilling activities in shelf, coastal and inland waters. The Superior Energy Services company’s shorebase is on a 12.5-acre site with a 600 foot bulkhead dock and is centrally located on the Louisiana coast. The company said… Continue reading →

Sign company creating 45 jobs at Gretna manufacturing facility

LetterFAB LLC is spending nearly $1.8 million on an illuminated-sign manufacturing facility in Gretna. The company, which has begun moving equipment into its facility on Madison Street, will employ 45 workers with an average annual salary of $30,000, plus benefits. Louisiana’s Economic Development Department estimates the project will result in an additional 35 new indirect jobs.… Continue reading →

Shell producing oil from Gulf’s Cardamom development

Production is underway from the Cardamom development, the second major deep-water facility Shell has brought online in the Gulf of Mexico this year following the startup of Mars B in February. The Cardamom field is 225 miles southwest of New OrleansĀ in water more than 2,700 feet deep. Oil from the Cardamom subsea development is piped… Continue reading →

South Coast launches second angel fund

New Orleans-based South Coast Capital Management is launching South Coast Angel Fund II, the company’s second angel investment fund that helps finance early-stage companies in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Angel Fund II plans to open with $4 million in capital, with funds expected from members and investors. South Coast Angel Fund II will target biotech, industrial… Continue reading →

McGlinchey Stafford opens New York City office

McGlinchey Stafford has opened an office in New York City, which is the law firm’s 11th office nationwide and its second in the state of New York. The midtown Manhattan office will have five attorneys The law firm, which began in New Orleans, also has offices in Baton Rouge, Dallas, Houston, Jackson, Mississippi., Cleveland, Ohio; Irvine,… Continue reading →

Solar leasing widens the appeal of sun power

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Workers install solar panels for PosiGen on a house at the New Orleans lakefront Wednesday. The Metairie company began offering solar leasing almost three years ago and has installed more than 4,000 systems.

A hurdle that has long impeded the widespread use of solar energy to heat and cool homes is that the cost of systems is too high for most people to afford, but with a boost from tax incentives, solar power leasing firms say they are bringing energy efficiency to the masses. The leasing concept allows a… Continue reading →

Job fair set for Amelia fabrication facility

A job fair will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Amelia Community Center on Duhon Boulevard in Amelia to help fill 50 positions at Danos’ new Amelia-based fabrication facility this fall. The job fair is sponsored by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the state’s job training program. Positions being filled… Continue reading →

Tulane forum set on developing a family business board

The Tulane Family Business Center is hosting a forum on developing a family business board from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin Bernick Center for University Life, at 31 McAlister Drive on the Tulane University Uptown Campus. Guest speaker is Dr. JoAnne Norton, a former second-generation family business member, consultant… Continue reading →

Owners sell 45-story Plaza Tower

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The 45-story Plaza Tower, the third-tallest building in New Orleans, has been sold. It has sat unused for a dozen years, has been sold

New Orleans’ third-tallest building, which has sat unused for a dozen years, has been sold. Bryan Burns, one of the owners of the 45-story Plaza Tower, confirmed Thursday’s sale, which comes nearly three years after they bought the building at auction for $650,000. Burns, a partner in JSW Plaza Tower LLC, said the 1960s-era skyscraper has… Continue reading →

Three arrests made as fast-food protesters seek higher-pay

Police arrested dozens of protesters in dozens of cities across the country Thursday — including New Orleans — in workers’ latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour. The protests, which were planned by labor organizers for about 150 cities nationwide throughout Thursday,… Continue reading →

Houma-Thibodaux, Hammond among fastest-growing small cities

The Houma-Thibodaux metro area ranked No. 8 in a Forbes list of fastest-growing small cities. The metro rankings were based on population growth from 2000 to 2013; job growth from 2001 to 2014; real per capita personal income growth from 2000 to 2012; and growth of regional gross domestic product per job from 2001 to 2012. An… Continue reading →

Halliburton agrees to pay $1.1 billion in oil-spill settlement

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice, La. in 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Halliburton has agreed to pay as much as $1.1 billion to settle most plaintiffs’ claims for damages stemming from its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, its lawyers said in court papers Tuesday. The Houston-based oil services company was BP’s cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which caught fire and exploded on April… Continue reading →

Company to build $60 million Lafourche chemical plant

Virdia Inc. announced Tuesday it will spend $60 million to build Lafourche Parish biochemical processing facilities that will convert sugar cane bagasse into industrial sugars and biofuels. The project will create 81 new direct jobs, averaging $55,000 a year, plus benefits. Louisiana’s economic development department also estimates the project will result in 469 new indirect jobs… Continue reading →

New Orleans area exports set record in 2013

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The New Orleans metro area set a record with $30 billion in exports in 2013 and ranked eighth nationally.

Exports from the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area hit a record $30 billion, an increase of 23 percent, or $5.7 billion, from 2012 to 2013 — ranking it eighth in the nation. Goods exported from Louisiana supported 282,540 jobs in 2013, and the Baton Rouge and Lake Charles metro areas joined New Orleans among the country’s top 50… Continue reading →

Latter & Blum acquires Patterson Real Estate Agency in Houma

Photo provided by Latter & Blum -- Bob Merrick, left, chief executive officer of Latter & Blum Inc., Sandy Brooks and Ron Brooks, owners of Patterson Real Estate, and Rick Haase, president of Latter & Blum, mark the merger of the two companies.

Latter & Blum has acquired Houma-based Patterson Real Estate Agency Inc., the second deal the New Orleans real estate company has made in two months. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company will be renamed Latter & Blum Patterson Real Estate. Patterson, which has 23 agents, has been in business in Houma since… Continue reading →

Cyberterrorists could try to capitalize on natural disasters

While cyberattacks on businesses are a growing and worrisome problem, attacks on the nation’s “critical infrastructure,” such as water treatment and power plants, are truly frightening, said Henry “Paco” Capello, information systems program manager at LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. “Louisiana has the most critical infrastructure of any other state. For natural gas alone, we account for… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Aug. 31, 2014

A workshop on starting a business is being held by SCORE from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Sept. 2 at the EBRP Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Topics include myths and realities of entrepreneurship; critical success factors; know your options; components of business ownership; making it… Continue reading →

People in Business for Aug. 31, 2014

Dr. Kishore Gadde, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

NEW ORLEANS AREA Michelle Zara has been named sales manager at Taste Buds Catering and Events in New Orleans. Zara previously held comparable positions with the Personnel Consulting Group, Bubba Gulf Shrimp Co. and Travel New Orleans. Earle Thompson has been promoted to senior vice president, agency… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Aug. 31, 2014

Boyd Mothe Jr., Mothe Funeral Homes in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS AREA Boyd Mothe Jr., a fifth-generation funeral director and embalmer and vice president of Mothe Funeral Homes in New Orleans, received the 2014 C.A. Charlet Funeral Director of the Year award from the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. Mothe was recognized for his contributions to the funeral industry through his integrity,… Continue reading →

Business Meetings for Aug. 31, 2014

ASSOCIATION FOR CORPORATE GROWTH — LOUISIANA WHEN: Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. networking; noon luncheon WHERE: Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., New Orleans SPEAKER: Dominik Knoll, chief executive officer of the World Trade Center New Orleans RESERVATIONS:Continue reading →