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Little-claimed Citizens rebate lowered

Everyone in Louisiana who buys property insurance will lose 28 percent of a tax credit they can get for covering the debt of the state’s property insurer of last resort. In addition, the reduction is retroactive, meaning those who failed to file for the tax credit over the last four years — and still could claim that… Continue reading →

Louisiana’s FastStart workforce program ranks No. 1, again, by Business Facilities magazine

Louisiana’s FastStart workforce development program has been ranked No. 1 for state workforce programs for a sixth straight year by Business Facilities magazine. The Business Facilities 2015 State Rankings Report placed Louisiana among the Top 10 in seven categories of economic competitiveness, with Louisiana ranking as the No. 3 business climate in the U.S. Five… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge General buys remaining stake in imaging centers

Baton Rouge General has purchased the two Baton Rouge Radiology Imaging Center clinics for $4.5 million. Baton Rouge General has had a 50 percent stake in the clinics at 5422 Dijon Drive and 2550 O’Neal Lane since 2011, said Meghan Parrish, a hospital spokeswoman. The purchase, which was filed with the East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk… Continue reading →

Land acquired for memory care facility at Perkins and Pecue

Two Georgia companies plan to build a memory care facility on a 2.8-acre site purchased for $1.6 million near the intersection of Perkins Road and Pecue Lane. Perkins Road Memory Care LLC bought the land at 14443 Perkins Road in a deal that was filed Friday with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s Office. The seller… Continue reading →

First Guaranty Bancshares post quarterly profit

First Guaranty Bancshares Inc. in Hammond reported second-quarter net income of $3.9 million, or 60 cents per share, compared to $2.7 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. First Guaranty is the parent company of First Guaranty Bank, with branches across portions of south and north Louisiana.… Continue reading →

Louisiana Bancorp profit rises slightly

Metairie-based Louisiana Bancorp Inc.’s second-quarter profit inched upward to $552,000, or 20 cents per share, compared to $519,000, or 20 cents per share, a year ago. Louisiana Bancorp is the holding company for Bank of New Orleans. Although net interest income jumped $325,000 to $2.8 million for the quarter, those gains were largely offset by… Continue reading →

Joint venture plans pipeline to serve Louisiana refineries

Phillips 66, Energy Transfer Partners LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP have formed a joint venture to build a pipeline that will deliver crude oil from terminals in Nederland, Texas, to Lake Charles. The partners also plan to build a new pipeline that will connect to the St. James hub. The costs for the projects were not… Continue reading →

Hammond’s Worley acquires NCA Group

Hammond-based Worley Claims Services said Thursday it will acquire Indiana-based NCA Group Inc., a national provider of daily and catastrophe residential and commercial claims services. The price was not disclosed. The acquisition further strengthens Worley’s claims-servicing ability and creates one of the largest adjuster networks in the United States. Worley provides claims-related services for personal,… Continue reading →

Heavy weather, oilpatch slump lower H&E profit

Heavy rains in May and a slumping oil industry put a damper on the second-quarter results of H&E Equipment Services Inc., a Baton Rouge-based construction equipment supplier. H&E’s profit dipped to $11.5 million, or 33 cents per share, compared to $15.7 million, or 45 cents per share, a year ago. An increase in equipment rental revenue… Continue reading →

Hornbeck profit hit by Gulf’s slump

Slumping activity in the Gulf of Mexico dropped Covington-based Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc.’s second-quarter profit to $19.2 million, or 53 cents per share, from $31.2 million, or 85 cents a share earlier. Revenue fell 20.3 percent to $136.4 million. The results still easily beat Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research had forecast earnings… Continue reading →

LUBA expanding in Texas market

Louisiana-based LUBA Workers’ Comp is expanding in the Texas market. The Baton Rouge company already provides workers’ compensation coverage to businesses in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. “Steady, measured growth is important to us and… Continue reading →

Close to half of La. workers can’t earn sick days

An estimated 676,000 Louisiana workers, or 45.1 percent of the workforce, cannot earn sick days, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families. Nationally, close to 40 percent of the workforce can’t earn sick days. The failure to establish a paid sick days standard is harming people in Louisiana… Continue reading →

Amedisys easily beats Wall Street forecast

Advocate file photo by Bill Feig -- Amedisys, with its headquarters on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Baton Rouge, has made several changes in its management..

Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health and hospice company, increased its second-quarter earnings to $10.6 million, or 32 cents per share, from $7.6 million, or 24 cents a share, a year earlier. However, after adjusting for exit and restructuring costs, settling a federal class-action lawsuit involving overtime payments, and an unrealized gain on investment, Amedisys’ second-quarter… Continue reading →

Thai Kitchen to move to Concord Avenue in October

The owners of Thai Kitchen, a popular Thai restaurant and karaoke lounge, have purchased the old Phil’s Oyster Bar building on Concord Avenue and plan to move their business. Kiatisak Sanguanruang and Punnee Arsanathong bought the building at 4550 Concord Ave. for $625,000, according to documents filed Tuesday with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of… Continue reading →

Florida Fuel Connection plans to build $75 million East Feliciana terminal to ship fuel to Florida, southeast Georgia

Florida Fuel Connection plans to build a $75 million petroleum terminal and rail transportation facility in East Feliciana Parish for shipping gasoline and other fuels by rail to Florida and southeast Georgia. The terminal near Slaughter will create 50 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $70,000, plus benefits, according to Louisiana… Continue reading →

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 →

Like a scene from a monster movie, track hoe operator tears down Tinseltown sign one bite at a time

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Larry Broussard with American Construction & Demolition begins the process of taking the sign at Tinseltown theater down Tuesday morning. Demolition started earlier this month on the Tinseltown theater. The theater has largely been vacant since late 2007, when parent company Cinemark USA opened a new theater in nearby Perkins Rowe. A spokeswoman for Olshan Properties, which owns the Siegen Lane Marketplace that Tinseltown is part of, said there is no news to report on the theater site. Tinseltown opened in 1996 and was the first theater in Baton Rouge to offer stadium-style seating.

Workers from American Construction tear down the Tinseltown sign Tuesday morning. Crews have spent nearly three weeks demolishing the theater, which has largely been empty since since late 2007, when parent company Cinemark USA opened a new theater in nearby Perkins Rowe. A spokeswoman for Olshan Properties, which owns the Siegen Lane Marketplace that Tinseltown is part… Continue reading →

La. school system ranked fifth-worst

Low math and reading scores helped give Louisiana the fifth-worst school system in the United States, according to report by financial website WalletHub. The WalletHub report looked at 13 measures, including math and reading test scores, student-teacher ratio, dropout rates, standardized-test scores and bullying incidence rates. On the plus side, Louisiana ranked No. 19… Continue reading →

Investar loan growth helps drive profit

Baton Rouge-based Investar Holding Corp. reported a second-quarter profit of $1.8 million, or 25 cents per share, compared to $1.1 million, or 26 cents per share, a year earlier. Wall Street analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected earnings of 24 cents per share. Investar Holding is the parent company of Investar Bank, which has branches… Continue reading →

Home Bancorp profit rises

Lafayette-based Home Bancorp Inc. reported its second-quarter profit rose slightly to $2.8 million, or 41 cents per share, an increase of $87,000, or 1 cent per share, over the same period last year. Home Bancorp is the parent company of Home Bank N.A. Stock analysts surveyed by Zacks Investement Research had forecast earnings of 40 cents… 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 →

Reiger Road Super 8 hotel sold for $3.2 million

The Super 8 hotel at 10451 Reiger Road has been sold for $3.2 million. Aastha, a Denham Springs-based limited liability company, bought the hotel in a deal that was filed Monday with the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court’s office. The sellers were Dakshaben and Anilkumar Desai. Aastha is made up of Anilkumar Patel,… 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 →

Lava Cantina owners to open Dallas music venue

The owners of Lava Cantina, a rock-and-roll-themed Mexican restaurant in Perkins Rowe, plan to break ground in the next two to three months on a $6 million restaurant and live music venue in suburban Dallas. Ian Vaughn, who co-founded Lava Cantina with his father, Steve, said Lava Cantina The Colony will be an 1,800-seat facility… 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 →

Baton Rouge area home sales see 10% increase in June from year ago, snapping 2-month decline

The number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge rose 10.6 percent in June from a year ago, snapping a two-month streak in which home sales declined. There were 994 homes sold in June in the nine-parish area, according to figures released Thursday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service. That… Continue reading →

New high speed internet service introduced in Zachary

The Americana traditional neighborhood development in Zachary is the first community in metro Baton Rouge to get Cox Communications’ new gigabit Internet service, which provides customers with download speeds that are 100 times faster than standard household services. “Zachary is going to be a smarter community as a whole as a result of what is happening… Continue reading →

IberiaBank profit rises but falls short of Wall Street forecast

Lafayette-based IberiaBank Corp.’s second-quarter earnings jumped to $30.8 million, or 79 cents per share, compared $16.2 million, or 53 cents per share, a year earlier. The company’s second-quarter profit was lowered by non-operating costs, including acquisition-related charges. All of those costs lowered earnings by 26 cents per share after taxes. Without those charges, IberiaBank would… Continue reading →

Beau Olinde elected chairman of B. Olinde and Sons Co. LLC

Beau Olinde, chairman of the board of B. Olinde and Sons Co. LLC

Beau Olinde was recently elected as chairman of the board of B. Olinde and Sons Co. LLC, which does business under the trade names Olinde and Baton Rouge Beverage Co. Olinde is the fourth generation of his family involved in management of B. Olinde and Sons. The company began in the late 1800s, was incorporated in… Continue reading →

WBRZ-TV news director leaving at end of year

WBRZ-TV News Director Chuck Bark will end an 11-year run in that position at the end of 2015. “Most of us that do this are probably Type-A personalities anyway. I’ll probably be out of it for a bit, and who knows what I’ll do next,” Bark said. Nothing prompted the decision, other than the desire… Continue reading →

Nordstrom Rack reveals October opening date for new Baton Rouge store; Lafayette location coming in 2016

Photo provided by NORDSTROM -- A Nordstrom Rack store is set to open at the Mall of Louisiana on Oct. 1, in the space formerly occupied by American Factory Direct Furniture Outlets. The store sells men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories, at a 30 percent to 70 percent discount from regular prices. It will be the first Nordstrom store of any type in Louisiana.

. Get ready, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Your new Nordstrom Rack stores are on their way. According to the retailer's website, the new Baton Rouge location at the Mall of Louisiana will open Oct. 1. Lafayette's new location at Ambassador Town Center will open spring 2016. In Baton Rouge, the 30,000-square-foot store… Continue reading →

Lithuania company investing $265 million to restart idle Louisiana plant

Investimus Foris, a Lithuania-based conglomerate, said Wednesday it will invest $265 million to convert an idle biofuels plant in Grant Parish into an ammonia manufacturing facility. Louisiana Economic Development officials said the project will create 85 direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $55,000, plus benefits. The work will support 560 construction jobs and create an… Continue reading →

New pipelines will send cheap natural gas South

New pipelines will unleash massive supplies of natural gas penned in the Northeast, allowing Florida and other southeastern states to take advantage of the low-cost fuel. Bloomberg reports that the pipelines and record production in the Marcellus Shale – 16.5 billion cubic feet a day in June – will slash regional price differences.… Continue reading →

PTS Solutions Inc. acquires Arizona company

PTS Solutions Inc., a public safety software company with its main operations in Baton Rouge, has acquired ITX Information Technology Solutions Inc. in Arizona. PTS, headquartered in Harrisonburg in north Louisiana with local offices on Corporate Boulevard, provides public safety software for local, parish/county and state law enforcement agencies, dispatch centers, jails and courts throughout Louisiana… 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 →