Business Briefs for March 9

Safway Group opens Gonzales branch

Safway Group has opened a branch at 13207 Airline Highway, Gonzales.

Safway provides scaffolding and specialty access services, along with high-end industrial coatings and insulation capabilities, and commercial and industrial services HVAC services

Sam Pruet, a Baton Rouge native, is manager of the branch.

Safway’s 16,000-square-foot office employs 12 people and has an inventory of scaffolding on about three acres.

It also has a nearby 5-acre blast yard for surface preparation and coating large equipment. In addition to new industrial equipment, the yard also handles tanker trucks that need to be blasted and painted to comply with a new state regulation.

Safway Group, founded in 1936, has more than 90 locations across North America, with distributors worldwide.

Its companies serve the petrochemical, oil and gas, power, refining, marine, manufacturing, transportation and commercial construction industries.

Social media job search seminar set

A free seminar on using social media for a job search will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Regional Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

Participants will learn how to use social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to market and position themselves for a successful job search.

The seminar is being presented by the Career Center, a service of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. Orhan McMillan, founder and managing partner of dezinsINTERACTIVE, will present the class.

Registration is required; call (225) 381-8434 or email

Seminar to focus on LinkedIn techniques

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University will host a free seminar Thursday on effective techniques for using LinkedIn for business.

“LindedIn for Business: Using the Small Giant of Social Media” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, 1514 Martens Drive, Hammond.

The first half of the event will focus on LinkedIn and will cover topics such as optimizing a profile, hiring solutions, job searches, groups and group ownership, company pages, endorsements and recommendations and premium accounts.

The second half will focus on simple social media marketing strategies for small businesses and will give small businesses and nonprofit organizations some ideas for growing their organizations. Topics will include what to write about, how to get more people to stop and read messages, and how to get more action or reaction to messages and offers.

Preregistration for limited seating can be done online at or by calling (985) 549-3831 or emailing

Exclusive Fits opens men’s clothing store

Exclusive Fits has opened at 4733 Jones Creek Road, Suite G, Baton Rouge.

The modern men’s clothing store carries everything from bow ties and suspenders to street and club wear.

Specialty brands are Young & Reckless, Fox Apparel, KaydenK and its own brand.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is (225) 246-2583.

Universal Lubricants starts distribution

Universal Lubricants has opened a 12,000-square-foot distribution center at 9262 South Choctaw Drive, Baton Rouge, its first location in Louisiana.

Universal Lubricants, with headquarters in Wichita, Kan., manufactures and distributes proprietary lubricants to heavy-duty equipment operators, fleet managers and auto service centers around the country.

The Baton Rouge facility will serve customers in Louisiana and Mississippi. Its branded and proprietary lubricants include the Dyna-Plex 21C, Universal and Eco Ultra lines of engine oils, greases and transmission fluids. The products are engineered and manufactured for all areas of industry, including construction, trucking, agriculture and mining, as well as passenger cars.

Louisiana Clean Fuels luncheon scheduled

Louisiana Clean Fuels will hold its quarterly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Louisiana State Police, conference rooms C and D, 7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The event will include updates on Louisiana Clean Fuels’ activities and upcoming events and presentations on use of propane autogas in fleet operations. Vehicle displays will include a propane school bus, commercial propane lawn mower and propane truck.

Topics include an air-quality update, propane autogas update and propane vehicle options.

Information is available by emailing

JMT Aviation relocates operations in Louisiana

JMT Aviation, a specialized aerial photography firm has relocated its base of operation to the New Orleans and southern Louisiana area, flying out of Lakefront Airport and Hammond Northshore Regional Airport.

The company has 13 years of experience in real estate, construction and land-tract imaging for market studies, real estate development, construction projects, legal case studies and hunting/farming applications.

Jay Taffet is the founder.

SLU sets fall debut for IT degree program

Southeastern Louisiana University is accepting applications for its new information technology degree program that begins this fall.

The Accelerated Computing Engagement program allows qualified students to graduate in three years with a bachelor of science in information technology.

The university is offering the program to meet workforce needs with the rapid growth of the technology industry in the region.

Students will be required to complete formal internship coursework and follow a strict schedule of classes as part of the program, which is heavily focused on software engineering and algorithm development.

Many area information technology, software development and other computer-related firms have agreed to serve as internship sites for students in the ACE program.

These organizations include 5Stones Media, The JBM Group and SLU’s Office of Technology, in Hammond; Allpax, York Risk Services Group and eMerge, St. Tammany Parish; Ameritas Technologies, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Amedisys, Envoc, InfiniEDGE and PrimTek, Baton Rouge and GE Capital and Geocent, New Orleans area.

Students must have a minimum ACT math score of 25 and two letters of recommendation, among other admissions criteria.

More information is available through SLU’s Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology at (985) 549-2189 or by emailing

Lafayette group sets honors luncheon

The Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation will honor Nelson Warner, a full-time volunteer for Bridge Ministry of Acadiana, as the 2014 Upper Lafayette Philanthropist of the Year during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 at Oakbourne Country Club, 3700 E. Simcoe St., Lafayette.

Nelson is being recognized for dedicating his life to bridging the gap the rich and poor in Acadiana.

Keynote speaker Raymond Hebert, of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, will discuss how a community’s “goodness” determines its greatness.

Tickets are available at

UNO technology park signs two tenants

The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation has reached lease agreements with SCT Management Services and Russell Marine Group, which will occupy more than 9,000 square feet in the UNO Research and Technology Park on the Lakefront.

SCTMS has provided smoking cessation services for more than 200,000 Louisiana residents who qualify for the Smoking Cessation Trust.

RMG’s services for maritime companies range from portside supervision, inspecting and freight forwarding to analytical testing, GMO testing, IP handling and logistical coordination services. Commodities include all grains, rice, feedstuffs, fats and vegetable oils.

SCTMS will collaborate with the university on health system interventions and research into public health aspects of smoking cessation programs. SCTMS plans to collaborate further with the university on a variety of UNO’s health care management, accounting and psychology programs and to offer internships and other employment opportunities for UNO students.

Russell Marine Group was founded in 1965 and is based in the New Orleans area with offices in Portland, Ore.

The company operates in all ports within the United States, and with South American partner Rechlin-Russell Marine Group services all ports within South America.

“We look forward to collaborating with UNO faculty on the development of testing procedures and completion of the testing we perform for the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization,” said RMG President Pat Russell. “We also expect to tap into the university’s resources to provide translation services for visiting foreign dignitaries and clients and plan to have internship opportunities for UNO students interested in maritime industry careers.”

Middleberg Riddle firm relocates on Poydras

The Middleberg Riddle Group has relocated to 909 Poydras St,, Suite 1400, in New Orleans.

Attorneys are Ira J. Middleberg, Yvette A. D’Aunoy, Marianne Garvey, Jonathan Herman, Henry Miller, J.P. Morrell, Richard A. Sherburne Jr. and Michael G. Sherman.

The phone number is (504) 525-7200 and website is

Medloss opens center near Clearview Mall

Medloss, a physician-run medical weight loss center, has opened at 4501 N. Service Road, behind Clearview Mall, in Metairie.

Medloss’s services include physician consultations, nutrition counseling, body composition analysis, exercise plans, weekly boot camp classes, Medloss compounded vitamin injections and a personal wellness consultant.

Medloss also has a location at 110 Avenue of the Oaks in Destrahan.